Men's Golf Wraps Up SEC Championships
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Led by a 1-over par round of 71 by senior All-SEC and All-America candidate Sang Yi, the Tigers wrapped up the 2012 SEC Men's Golf Championships in 11th place overall following Sunday's final round held at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club.
Yi carded four birdies and five bogeys on his round to wrap up the championship with a 54-hole score of 7-over par 217 to tie for 31st place on the individual leaderboard.
A native of Carrollton, Texas, Yi saw his run of five-straight top-10 finishes snapped as he teed off for the first round on Friday with Top 10s in each of his five previous tournament starts this spring.
Yi helped the Tigers move up one spot in the final team standings as they finished in 11th place overall on the weekend with a 54-hole team score of 37-over par 877. That includes a score of 17-over par 297 in the final round following scores of 16-over 296 in the first round and 4-over 284 in the second round.
After teeing off in Sunday's final round with a commanding 11-stroke lead, No. 8-ranked Alabama posted a 2-over par 282 for the day while claiming the 2012 Southeastern Conference Championship by six shots over No. 3-ranked Auburn with a winning 54-hole score of 12-under par 828. The Crimson Tide captured its first SEC title since 2008, and its third team championship in tournament history.
Auburn was the only team to break par in the final round with its team score of 3-under par 277, but could not overcome an 11-shot deficit to its rival entering Sunday's action.
The Florida Gators followed in third place with a 54-hole score of 1-over par 841, while Georgia earned a fourth-place finish at 10-over 850 and Arkansas rounded out the top five in fifth place at 15-over 855.
Alabama freshman Justin Thomas made it a clean sweep of SEC titles for the Crimson Tide as he took the individual championship with a winning score of 7-under par 203, including a 2-under par 68 in Sunday's final round. Thomas earned an automatic First-Team All-SEC selection with his victory, as he became the first Alabama golfer to claim the SEC individual crown since Michael Thompson in 2008.
Thomas trailed Alabama teammate Bobby Wyatt and Tennessee standout Rick Lamb by a single stroke as he teed off in the final round in third place on the leaderboard. He took the title with a score of 2-under 68 on Sunday after opening with rounds of 2-under par 68 on Friday and 3-under par 67 on Saturday.
Wyatt posted a 1-over 71 in the final round to finish two shots behind Thomas as the SEC Championships runner-up, while Lamb fell back into sixth place at 3-under 207 with his 3-over 73 on Sunday.
Freshman Stewart Jolly added a 3-over 73 toward LSU's final round score as he tied for 39th place overall at 9-over par 219 in his SEC Championships debut. Sophomore Andrew Presley posted a 6-over 76 in the final round to tie for 42nd place at 10-over 220, while senior Austin Gutgsell added a 7-over 77 for LSU in the final round to tie for 44th place overall at 11-over 221 for the weekend.
Sophomore Franco Castro wrapped up the championship in 60th place in the final individual standing with his 54-hole score of 24-over par 234, including an 11-over par 81 during Sunday's action.
With the 2012 SEC Men's Golf Championships now in the books, the 17th-ranked Tigers await a selection to NCAA Regional play in the coming weeks. LSU looks to qualify for the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships for the third-straight season with a top-five finish in NCAA Regional play which is slated for May 17-19 at one of six sites across the country designated by the NCAA.
Teams finishing in the top five of the final team standings at each of the six NCAA Regional sites will get an opportunity to compete at the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships being held at Riviera Golf Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., from May 29-June 3.
2012 SEC MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS - FINAL ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 840)
1. Alabama 272-274-282 - 828 -12; 2. Auburn 277-280-277 - 834 -6; 3. Florida 283-278-280 - 841 +1; 4. Georgia 273-284-293 - 850 +10; 5. Arkansas 286-280-289 - 855 +15; 6. Ole Miss 287-285-285 - 857 +17; 7. Kentucky 284-294-288 - 866 +26; 8. Tennessee 285-290-293 - 868 +28; 9. Vanderbilt 289-286-294 - 869 +29; 10. South Carolina 289-289-293 - 971 +31; 11. LSU 296-284-297 - 877 +37; 12. Mississippi State 289-290-300 - 879 +39.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 210)
1. Justin Thomas, Alabama, 68-67-68 - 203 -7; 2. Bobby Wyatt, Alabama, 65-69-71 - 205 -5; T3. Blayne Barber, Auburn, 71-68-67 - 206 -4; T3. Tyler McCumber, Florida, 70-69-67 - 206 -4; T3. TJ Vogel, Florida, 67-70-69 - 206 -4; 6. Rick Lamb, Tennessee, 67-67-73 - 207 -3; T7. Michael Johnson, Auburn, 68-69-72 - 209 -1; T7. Garrick Porteous, Tennessee, 69-72-68 - 209 -1; T7. Chad Ramey, Mississippi State, 67-70-72 - 209 -1.