Puerto Rico Collegiate Classic: Alabama wins wire-to-wire
The Alabama Crimson Tide Golf Team (U. of Alabama photo)
The Alabama Crimson Tide Golf Team (U. of Alabama photo)

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (February 23, 2016) – The No. 13 Alabama won its third straight tournament today, claiming the 2016 Puerto Rico Classic title behind a three-day, 54-hole total of 25-under par 839 (276-287-276).

Alabama cruised to a nine-stroke victory at the event which it has dominated -- this was the Crimson Tide's fifth Puerto Rico Classic title in the last six years.

Alabama Junior Robby Shelton fired a 7-under par 65 during Tuesday’s final 18 holes and claimed medalist honors with a tournament total of 11-under par 205 (70-70-65). Shelton, who was recently named to the Ben Hogan Award Watch List, captured his third tournament title this season and the sixth of his career.

Meanwhile, sophomore Jonathan Hardee, who was the clubhouse leader after 36 holes, finished runner-up at the event. The Greer, S.C., native not only earned a career-best finish, but also carded the lowest 54-hole tournament total during his time at Alabama, as he closed play one stroke back of Shelton with a 10-under par 206 (67-70-69).

“It’s great to get off to a good start to the spring season,” said Alabama head coach Jay Seawell. “Everybody did a great job in preparation here. I am really proud of how the team responded today. We won the day with the lead. Robby was terrific today and I thought Jonathan really pushed him. I am proud with how the two of them played and how Robby played with the lead.”

After holding a narrow one-stroke lead over Clemson after 36 holes, the Tide had four players shoot below par on its way to a 12-under par 276 on Tuesday. As a result, Alabama was eight shots better in the tournament’s final day than its next closest competitor and finished nine strokes ahead of second place finisher No. 11 Clemson (848). Georgia (851), ranked 14th in the nation entering the event, came in third, while Kentucky (853) and No. 16 North Carolina (855) rounded out the top five, respectively.

Notable individual performances came from Carter Page of North Carolina State, who fired 66 in the final round (just one more than Shelton's tournament-low 65) to finish in solo third at 8-under. Tied for fourth at 6-under were William Register of North Carolina, Stephen Behr of Clemson, and David Kocher of Maryland.

Freshman Davis Riley tied for 11th overall with a 3-under par 213 (68-74-71) on the 6,945-yard, par- 72 River Course at the Rio Mar Country Club. Sophomore Tyler Hitchner gave the Tide four top-25 golfers who finished under par for the tournament, as the Tuscaloosa, Ala., native closed play with a 1-under par 215 (71-73-71) and tied for 25th overall. Senior Tom Lovelady rounded out the Alabama golfers as he tied for 49th with a 54-hole total of 223 (74-74-75).

The Tide has now won three consecutive tournament titles for the first time since winning three straight during the spring of 2014.

- University of Alabama Athletics contributed to this report

Results: Puerto Rico Classic
1ALRobby SheltonWilmer, AL80070-70-65=205
2SCJonathan HardeeBoiling Springs, SC50067-70-69=206
3NCCarter PageWaynesville, NC40071-71-66=208
T4NCWilliam RegisterBurlington, NC40069-69-72=210
T4GAStephen BehrAtlanta, GA40073-68-69=210

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54 hole men's college tournament hosted by Purdue University. Team (best four scores out of five players) and individual competitions.

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