ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The fourth-ranked Alabama men’s golf team recorded a second round total of 10-under par 278 – the lowest 18-hole score on Saturday. Despite the effort, the Crimson Tide remains in fifth place overall after 36 holes played at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational (GCOGC) with a team total of 12-under par 564 (286-278).
Alabama was led by senior golfer Davis Riley, who carded a round of 6-under 66 on Saturday and vaulted into a tie for 11th-place overall with a two-day total of 4-under 140 (74-66). Riley, who began the tournament by going 6-over par over the first seven holes he played on Friday, has since gone 10-under par over the last 29 holes while collecting 17 pars, 11 birdies and just one bogey over the stretch.
Davis caught fire over his final eight holes on Saturday. After shooting even par through 10, the Hattiesburg, Miss., native recorded birdies in six of his final eight holes, including four consecutive on holes 11 through 14, to finish with the lowest individual score in the second round of play.
Sophomore Davis Shore is in a tie for 13th overall after a second consecutive below-par round on Saturday. Following a round of 2-under par 70 over Friday’s opening 18 holes, the Knoxville, Tenn., native carded a 1-under 71 on Saturday for a two-day total of 3-under par 141.
Freshman Prescott Butler (72-72) and sophomore Wilson Furr (75-69) are tied for 28th overall at even par 144, while freshman Frankie Capan III rounds out the Tide in a tie for 35th with a 1-over 145 (70-75).
Clemson, ranked No. 15 in the nation, is the clubhouse leader after collecting a 36-hole team total of 20-under par 556. The Tigers own a one-stroke lead over No. 11 Wake Forest (557). Tenth-ranked USC (558) is in third, followed by tournament-host No. 3 Georgia Tech (559). Alabama rounds out the top five teams, four strokes ahead of No. 2 Duke (568).
Alabama is one of 11 ranked teams – seven of which are ranked among the top-15 – competing in the 14-team field at this weekend’s prestigious tournament.
The Crimson Tide will begin Sunday’s third and final round of play on Sunday at 8:25 a.m. CT on Hole No. 1, grouped with Georgia Tech and Duke. Live scoring can be followed at www.golfstat.com.