Alabama has First-Round Lead at Isleworth Collegiate
WINDERMERE, Fla. – No. 1 Alabama shot 8-under-par 280 for a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational Sunday at the par-72, 7,387-yard Isleworth Country Club.
The Crimson Tide were led by senior Trey Mullinax, who matched his career low with a 6-under 66, and is tied for the individual lead. Central Florida is in second place at 6-under 282 with third-ranked California and No. 7 Illinois in third at 4-under 284. UNLV rounds out the top five at 2-under 286.
Mullinax, from Birmingham, Ala., turned in a near flawless scorecard with six birdies and no bogeys. He shot 32 on the back nine by recording back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th holes. Mullinax has now lowered his scoring average to 69.0 through seven rounds this year.
Fellow senior Bobby Wyatt also finds himself in the top 10 after Sunday’s round. The Mobile native shot 3-under 69 and is tied for seventh headed into Monday’s second round. Freshman Robby Shelton carded a 1-under 71 and is tied for 16th.
Senior Cory Whitsett was the Tide’s fourth score at 2-over 72 and is tied for 39th. Tom Lovelady’s 79 was dropped from UA’s team score on Sunday. California’s Joel Stalter shares the individual lead with Mullinax after 18 holes.
Alabama will tee off at 8:40 a.m. (CDT) on Monday for the second round of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational and will be paired with UCF and California.
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FRESHMAN ERIC RICARD LEADS TIGERS ON DAY 1 AT ISLEWORTH COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL
WINDERMERE, Fla. -- While making his first career appearance in LSU’s five-man lineup, freshman Eric Ricard carded four birdies and three bogeys on the day for a 1-under par round of 71 to lead the Tigers to a team score of even-par 288 in the opening round of the 10th-annual Isleworth Collegiate Invitational at Isleworth Golf & Country Club.
The Tigers wrapped up Sunday’s action in a tie for eighth place in the 15-team field with Texas, while Ricard ended the day in a tie for 16th place as the top Tiger on the individual leaderboard.
Following a sluggish start with bogeys on each of his first two holes at the par-four first and par-three second holes, Ricard birdied the par-five third hole and bogeyed the par-four sixth hole to make the turn at 2-over par for his round. But Ricard bounced back in a big way on the back nine with birdies at the par-five 13th, par-five 17th and par-four 18th holes to finish with a team-low 1-under 71.
Ricard’s effort helped pace the Tigers into a tie for eighth place as they are just eight shots off the pace set by first-round leader Alabama. The top-ranked Crimson Tide posted a team score of 8-under par 280 to take a two-shot lead over Central Florida in second place at 6-under 282 and a three-shot lead over California and Illinois in a tie for third place 4-under 284.
The Tigers also received a pair of even-par 72s from junior standouts Stewart Jolly and Curtis Thompson as each wrapped up the first day of competition in a tie for 23rd place overall. Fellow junior Myles Lewis posted a round of 1-over 73 during Sunday’s action to tie for 32nd place on the leaderboard and round out the team scoring in the first round.
Senior All-SEC performer Andrew Presley, who tied for ninth place at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational a year ago, opened with a 4-over 76 in the first round to finish the day in a tie for 56th place.
Alabama’s Trey Mullinax and California’s Joel Stalter fired the lowest rounds of the day at 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead at the top of the leaderboard. Illinois’ Brian Campbell turned in a 5-under par 67 to finish off the day in third place, while Central Florida’s Greg Eason, UNLV’s Kurt Kitayama and Arkansas’ Sebastian Cappelen rounded out the top five in a tie for fourth place at 4-under par 68.
The Tigers are paired with Vanderbilt and Texas in Monday’s second round and will tee off from the front nine beginning at 7 a.m. CT. Golfstat will provide live scoring for the second and third rounds of the 10th-annual Isleworth Collegiate Invitational as fans can follow the action throughout the event at www.golfstat.com.
Cappelen Leads No. 20 Razorbacks On First Day Of Isleworth Collegiate
WINDERMERE, Fla. -- Led by senior Sebastian Cappelen’s four-under 68, the No. 20 University of Arkansas men’s golf team put together its third straight under-par round with a one-under 287 in the first round of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational on Sunday at Isleworth Golf and Country Club. The Razorbacks are tied for sixth out of a 15-team field that includes eight ranked squads.
Coming off a team win at the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate, Arkansas was one of seven teams to finish the par 72, 7387-yard layout under-par. No. 1 Alabama (280) holds a two-stroke lead over No. 19 and host UCF (286). No. 3 California and No. 7 Illinois (284) are tied for third, while UNLV (286) rounds out the top five.
The Razorbacks will return to the course on Monday at 7:50 a.m., going off the first tee alongside Illinois and UNLV. Live scoring is available through www.GolfStat.com or www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com, while in-round Twitter updates can be found by following @RazorbackMGolf.
The one-under 287 featured three players at par or lower for the third consecutive round. Cappelen was the team’s low-man for the sixth time this year, while redshirt sophomore Kolton Crawford and sophomore Taylor Moore each supplied even-par 72s. Junior Thomas Sorensen and sophomore Nicolas Echavarria both shot 75.
Cappelen’s bogey-free 68 comes on the heels of winning the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate, as he’s tied for fourth overall in the field of 75 players. He opened his day with a three-under 33 on the course’s back nine – his first nine – and went on to put together his fourth straight under-par round and eighth of the season.
Crawford and Moore carded two birdies in their final three holes to move into a tie for 23rd place. Moore was bogey-free in his opening nine holes with a two-under 34, while Crawford was under-par on the final nine holes.
Auburn Men’s Golf Finishes Tied For 11th At US Collegiate
AUBURN, Ala. -- The No. 23 Auburn men’s golf team closed out its fall schedule with an 11th-place showing at the US Collegiate Championship on the Lakeside Course at the Golf Club of Georgia. Auburn shot 296 in the final round to finish the tournament a combined plus-14, which tied with it East Tennessee State in the 15-team tournament.
Niclas Carlsson was Auburn’s highest finisher, shooting a final round 74 to end the tournament at minus-1 overall, tied for 18th.
Matt Gilchrest was two strokes behind Carlsson at plus-1 for the tournament, shooting a final round 72, which included five birdies. On the weekend he carded 10 birdies and an eagle and finished tied for 29th.
Jake Mondy shot a combined plus-8 to finish tied for 50th, Victor Henum was plus-9 to finish tied for 60th and Daniel Stringfellow was plus-10 to finish tied for 65th.
Oklahoma State won the tournament with a combined minus-15 while Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans was the individual winner at minus-10.
Auburn will take the rest of the fall off from tournament action. The spring season begins on Feb. 6 at the three-day Amer Ari Invitational on the King’s Course in Waikoloa, Hawai’i.