Alabama Men’s Golf Leads After Two Rounds at Puerto Rico Classic

Sophomore Jonathan Hardee is the clubhouse leader at 7-under par 137

The No. 13 Alabama men’s golf team carded its second consecutive below par round and leads after 36 holes of the 2016 Puerto Rico Classic. The Crimson Tide has a two-day total of 13-under par 563 and will enterTuesday’s final 18 holes leading both No. 11 Clemson (283-281) and No. 14 Georgia (284-280) by one stroke.

After opening the tournament with a 12-under par 276 during Sunday’s round, Alabama carded a team total of 1-under 287 on Monday. The Crimson Tide will be going for its third consecutive tournament win on Tuesday after finishing the fall season with back-to-back titles at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate and the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational.

Sophomore Jonathan Hardee continues to set the pace for Alabama, as he is in search for his first career medalist honor. After matching his career-best round with a 5-under par 67 on Sunday, the Greer, S.C., native finished the second round at 2-under par 70. Hardee matched his career-best 36-hole total of 7-under 137 and will enter the third and final round leading a trio of players by one stroke.

Junior Robby Shelton tied Hardee for the team’s low round of the day and is in a tie for eighth overall with a 4-under par 140 (70-70). Freshman Davis Riley is in a tie for 14th position, giving the Tide three players among the top 15, with a 36-hole total of 2-under 142 (68-72).

Sophomore Tyler Hitchner is in a tie for 32nd overall at even par 144 (71-73) on the 6,945-yard, par-72 River Course at the Rio Mar Country Club, while senior Tom Lovelady rounds out the Tide in 48th position with a 4-over 148 (74-74).

North Carolina (565), ranked No. 16 in the nation, is in fourth place and just one stroke behind both Clemson and Georgia, while No. 12 Oklahoma, No. 29 Georgia Tech and Kentucky are in a three-way tie for fifth at 569.

Alabama will tee off the third and final round of the Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. CT. Live scoring can be found at www.birdiefire.com.

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