SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico – The 14th-ranked Alabama men’s golf team closed play at the 2019 Querencia Cabo Collegiate on Tuesday afternoon, finishing in 13th place with a 54-hole team total of 914 (301-303-310).
The Crimson Tide was forced to play a man down in each of the tournament’s final two rounds, as sophomore Davis Shore, who came into this week’s tournament tied for the team lead in stroke average and average vs. par, had to withdraw at the start of Monday’s second round with an injury that forced the Crimson Tide to finish with four golfers over the final 36 holes.
“This was a tough situation all together,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. “It wasn’t a very good week in many ways and that’s stating the obvious. This is an area that none of us have been in before, but it’s where we are as a team. We are not playing well, I am not coaching well, and the ownership starts with me. I need to do a better job coaching these guys and getting them ready to compete. We need to fight our way through this as a team – and we will. Most importantly, we need to get our guys healthy and ready to go. We look forward to getting back to campus, getting some work in and our guys rested and feeling better, then go out and be ready to compete in our next tournament.”
Freshman Prescott Butler led Alabama over the three-day, 54-hole event marking the first time he has led the team at a tournament this season. The Old Westbury, N.Y., native finished play tied for 26th overall with a total score of 4-over par 217 (73-71-73). A big reason why he led the Tide was his consistency throughout the tournament, as he shared the lead among all individuals in the field with 40 total pars over the three-day stretch.
Sophomore Wilson Furr finished tied for 40th overall with a 10-over 222 (72-77-73) on the par 71, 6,924-yard Querencia Country Club course. Sophomore Jake DeZoort, playing in his first collegiate tournament with the team, finished in 65th overall with a 237 (80-79-78). Freshman Frankie Capan III rounded out the Tide golfers tied for 69th with a 244 (82-76-86).
Top-ranked Oklahoma State (820) claimed an eight-stroke victory over No. 9 Arizona State (828) to win the team championship for a second consecutive season. Baylor (843), ranked No. 36 nationally, was a distant third. The trio were the only teams in the 13-team field to finish under par. Third-ranked Vanderbilt (858) was fourth while No. 50 Arizona (862) rounded out the top-five teams.
Alabama will return to action on March 15-17 when it competes at the Linger Longer Invitational, which will be held on the par-72, 7,073-yard Great Waters Golf Club course in Greensboro, Ga.