ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (Alabama Athletics) – The No. 25 Alabama men’s golf team had a solid second round at the 2019 Southeastern Conference Men’s Golf Championships on Thursday, finishing play with a team total of 2-under par 278. As a result, the Crimson Tide vaulted three spots up the leaderboard – the second-biggest jump by any team on the day – into a tie for 11th overall with a 36-hole total of 10-over par 570 (292-278).
Alabama, who is one of 10 teams in the 14-team field that entered tournament play ranked among the top-40 in the nation, was one of just eight squads to finish the second round below par. However, the Tide remains on the outside looking in for one of the coveted top-eight spots to qualify for match play, which begins on Saturday morning. The final 18 holes on Friday will determine the cut line and seeding heading into this weekend’s action.
Sophomore Wilson Furr continues to lead the Crimson Tide over the first two rounds of stroke play. The Jackson, Miss., native, who is coming off his first career medalist honor at last week’s Shoal Creek Invitational, is in a tie for 33rd overall with a 1-over par 141 (69-72) on the par 70, 7,005-yard Sea Island Golf Club Seaside Course. Furr has nine birdies over the 36 holes played which ranks in a tie for third-most among all competitors, doing most of his damage on the par 5 holes where he is tied for first with a 4.00 scoring average (-4).
Freshman Frankie Capan III carded the lowest round by any Crimson Tide golfer thus far, finishing Thursday’s second round with 3-under par 67. After beginning the day with bogeys in two of his first three holes, Capan ended the day with six birdies and just one bogey over the final 15 holes. The North Oaks, Minn., native will enter Friday’s final 18 holes of stroke play with a total of 144 (77-67) to put him in a tie for 46th.
Freshman Prescott Butler (71-74) and junior Josh Sedeno (76-69) are tied for 50th with a 145, while sophomore Jake DeZoort rounds out the UA golfers in a tie for 55th at 146 (76-70). Sedeno carded his second round in the 60s this season with his performance on Thursday, while DeZoort’s even-par 70 on Thursday marked his career-best 18-hole score.
Auburn (541), ranked No. 13 in the nation, owns a nine-stroke lead over second place and No. 4-ranked Vanderbilt (550) entering the final day of stroke play. Rounding out the top eight teams as it stands is No. 16 Georgia (551), No. 22 Tennessee (554), No. 27 Texas A&M (554), No 37 Arkansas (555), Kentucky (555) and No. 15 South Carolina (556), respectively.
Alabama will tee off the third and final round of stroke play at 8 a.m. CT (9 a.m. ET) off Hole No. 10 and will be paired with No. 11 LSU and Mississippi State. Live scoring can be found atwww.Golfstat.com.