Sunday Sports Brunch: Former Alabama golfer Trey Mullinax gets win on Korn Ferry Tour

By Becky Hopf, Special to The Tuscaloosa News
University of Alabama All-American Trey Mullinax won his second Korn Ferry Tour tournament championship on Oct. 11 at the Orange County National Championship. Mullinax, shown here at the 2014 NCAA Men's Golf semifinal match play, finished the Orange County tournament at 23 under par.   Photo by Kent Gidley

Former University of Alabama golfer Trey Mullinax collected his second Korn Ferry Tour tournament win last weekend.

Mullinax, an All-American who helped power the Crimson Tide to back-to-back NCAA championships in 2013 and 2014, finished at 23-under to win the Korn Ferry Tour’s Orange County National Championship in Winter Garden, Fla.

His last Korn Ferry Tour title was in March 2016, when the former Palmer Cup team member won the Rex Hospital Open.

His most recent win found the Birmingham native shooting rounds of 65-65-62-69—261. His final round was haunted by three bogeys, but it also included five birdies.

Mullinax turned pro in 2014.

UA volleyball SEC series postponed 

The Alabama volleyball team was set to open play Oct. 17-18 at home against Missouri, but UA released a notice on Monday that the matches have been moved to Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 22 at 8:30 p.m.

According to the release by the UA Athletics Communications office, the original match dates were postponed “due to positive COVID-19 tests and subsequent quarantine of student-athletes among the Missouri program.”

Hogs hand Tide soccer OT loss

In soccer last weekend, undefeated and No. 3-ranked Arkansas came out the winner against Alabama at home, leaving Tuscaloosa with a 2-1 overtime win.

Alabama, 1-2-1, remains at home Sunday, when it will host Ole Miss at 2 p.m.

Macy Clem scored Alabama’s lone goal against Arkansas. It came in the 40th minute of the match. Clem, a sophomore, scored her first goal of the season and her fifth UA career goal when she sent the ball high over the top left corner of the net.

Alabama goalkeeper McKinley Crone ended the match with eight saves.

Alabama wins matches at SEC Challenge

The Alabama women’s tennis team returned to play after a more than six months’ layoff due to SEC and NCAA COVID play suspensions, by hosting the SEC Challenge No. 1 last weekend. Alabama ended the three-day event with five singles wins and two in doubles. The field included Southeastern Conference players from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi State.

Alabama freshman Anne Marie Hiser accounted for two of UA’s singles wins, defeating players from Georgia and Kentucky. Isabella Harvison also was a two-time singles winner with wins against Kentucky and Florida players. Vanesa Nikolovova also came out a winner, defeating a Georgia player.

In doubles, Sydney Riley and Anna Parkhomenko teamed to defeat their UA teammates, Sasha Gorchanyuk and Nikolovova, and Alba Cortina Pou and Parkhomenko combined to knock out a Mississippi State duo.

Crimson Tide players are in Starkville this weekend competing in Mississippi State’s Hail State Classic. Alabama returns home to Tuscaloosa for its final fall event when it hosts the SEC Challenge No. 2 on Oct. 23-25.  Players from Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss will compete in that event.

UWA cross country finishes road trip

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams at the University of West Alabama travelled to Carrollton, Ga., last weekend for the Gary Wilson Invite hosted by the University of West Georgia.

UWA’s men’s team finished fourth, paced by Audrick Pyronneau, who finished fifth in the men’s race with a time of 27:03.57. The Tigers’ Kyle Rock finished ninth with a time of 27:47.18.

The women’s team finished fifth. Its best finish was by Kaylee Hatley who placed 15th with a time of 21:27.48. Kirsten Eason was next for UWA, finishing 29th in 24:13.09.

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