ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. --- Top-ranked Alabama continued
its dominance of the Southeastern Conference Men's Golf
Championship on Saturday, extending its two-day lead to 17
Led by Bobby Wyatt's record-setting round, the Crimson Tide
shot a 14-under 266 at Sea Island's Seaside Course on
Saturday. Alabama moved to 22-under 528 and leads Auburn
and South Carolina (5-under 555) by 17 strokes heading into
the final round. LSU is fourth at 1-under 559 and Georgia is
fifth at 1-over 561.
Wyatt signed for a 9-under 61 to set the SEC record for the
12 conference tournaments held at Seaside. That eclipsed
the 63 posted by Ole Miss' Joe David in 2010. It also is the
lowest 36-hole score at the SECs, bettering South Carolina's
Caleb Sturgeon's 8-under 130 last year.
"Bobby was just unbelievable today," Alabama head coach Jay
Seawell said. "He looked really comfortable out there and it
takes a true talent to be comfortable when you are going low
and he is truly comfortable in that arena. It was fun to watch
him play today. He had a great mindset; I guess you would
say in the zone. He was a true All-American today."
Alabama teammates Robby Shelton and Trey Mullinax each
fired a 3-under 67 on Saturday, while Cory Whitsett and Tom
Lovelady both recorded a 1-over 71.
Wyatt moved to 14-under 126 and leads Shelton, South
Carolina's Will Murphy and Arkansas' Nicolas Echavarria (6-
under 134) by eight shots. LSU's Smylie Kaufman rounds out
the top five at 5-under 135.
"It was a lot of fun out there today," Wyatt said. "I was able
to do pretty much everything out there today. I didn't miss a
green and made a lot of putts and that will always result in a
good round. It is a lot of fun when you are making putts like
that. What makes it even better was that the entire team
played well today and that puts us in good position going into
tomorrow. You will take a 17-shot lead going into the final
round every time."
"We talked about how we need to have a great round today,"
Seawell said. "There are a bunch of great teams at this
tournament that were bunched up right behind us and we
knew we had to have a good round. I am proud of how
everyone on the team responded today. We kind of went
crazy low, but we need to because it was a good day for
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