Crimson Tide extends lead at SEC Championship
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - The University of Alabama men's golf team added to its lead on Saturday during the second round of the SEC Championship at the par-70, 6,898 yard Seaside Course at the Sea Island Golf Course.

The Crimson Tide extended its lead to 11 shots over second place Georgia after shooting a 6-under-par 274. Georgia and Auburn are in second place at 3-under 557 with Florida in fourth at 1-over and Arkansas fifth at 6-over.

"I am really proud of the guys again today because I thought the golf course played even tougher," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. "The wind was up a little today and the pins were more difficult. I was proud of the way they competed, and I liked the way they responded to the challenge."

Alabama sophomore Bobby Wyatt is tied atop the leader board with Tennessee's Rick Lamb. Wyatt shot 1-under 69 on Saturday and is 6-under 134 after 36 holes of action. He played his first 35 of the SEC Championship without a blemish on his card before a double bogey on the 18th left him in a tie for the lead.

Justin Thomas paced the Crimson Tide's balanced scoring attack on Saturday, carding a 3-under-par 67. Combined with yesterday's 68, Thomas goes in Sunday's final round in third, one shot off the lead.

Junior Scott Strohmeyer put together a dazzling round of two-under 68, tying his season- and career-low rounds in the process.

"Scott Strohmeyer did a great job for us today," Seawell said. "Scott was really good. He shot 68 today and looked totally in control. He was a major difference for us today."

Also contributing to the Tide's lead on Saturday was sophomore Cory Whitsett, who shot an even-par 70. Alabama was able to senior Hunter Hamrick's 1-over-par 71 drop score on Saturday, carding a one-over-par 71. Hamrick still has a shot at the individual crown, however, sitting at one-under for the championship and is tied for eighth.

Alabama will try to close out its third SEC Championship in team history tomorrow and first since 2008, teeing off at 7:20 a.m. on the first tee. "We are looking forward to tomorrow," Seawell said. "We are going to have to take it one hole at a time and try to win the day again on Sunday."

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