Former and current members of the Alabama men’s golf program had reason to celebrate over the weekend. Current golfer Jonathan Hardee and former standout Robby Shelton won tournaments, while former greats Justin Thomas and Trey Mullinax recorded top-10 finishes at the 117th U.S. Open.
Hardee was the first to claim a victory as he captured the 88th Southeastern Amateur championship at the Country Club of Columbus in Columbus, Ga., on Saturday afternoon. Hardee finished with a final round total of 5-under par 65 to close the event with a four-day score of 18-under par 262 (65-66-66-65).
Former Crimson Tide standout Justin Thomas made U.S. Open history on Saturday when he carded a round of 9-under 63 – the lowest round vs. par in the tournament’s 117-year history. He matched the record set by Johnny Miller, who shot a round of 63 during the 1973 U.S. Open. Thomas entered Sunday’s final round just one stroke back of the overall lead, but carded a 3-over par 75 during his final round to end the event tied for ninth overall with a 72-hole total of 8-under 280 (73-69-63-75).
Trey Mullinax matched Thomas, his former teammate at Alabama, with a ninth-place showing at the U.S. Open. Mullinax, who teamed up with Thomas on the Tide’s 2013 NCAA national championship team, ended with a score of 8-under par 280 (71-72-69-68).
Another former Alabama great, Robby Shelton, led wire-to-wire as he captured the title at the GolfBC Championship – his first career professional win – on the Mackenzie Tour (Canadian PGA). Shelton, who is in his first year as a professional, finished with at 19-under par 265 (63-68-65-69) to claim a one-stroke victory.