April 8, 2013
WEST POINT, Miss. ----- Behind four-under par rounds of 140 by Wilson McDonald and Thomas Sutton, the UAB men’s golf team sits just one stroke behind host Mississippi State at the inaugural Old Waverly Collegiate Championship in West Point, Miss.
McDonald fired back-to-back rounds of two-under par 70 and Sutton shot a second round score of four-under par 68 to finish in a tie for second place at four-under par 140 after day one.
“Wilson and Thomas both hit the ball real well. They hit a lot of fairways and a lot of green which is what you need to do in order to score well,” said head coach Alan Kaufman.
Both players made their share of birdies on the day, 18 combined. McDonald birdied three consecutive holes twice on his opening 18 holes while Sutton, who finished his opening 18 holes with two consecutive birdies, birdied four of his first holes to start his second round.
Paul Dunne began the tournament with a one-under par 71 in the morning round and carded a four-over par round of 76 in the afternoon to finish in a tie for 21st place at 147. Sam Love and Hunter Hawkins rounded out the scoring for the Blazers with scores of 149 and 156, respectively.
“We’re real proud of how all the guys played today. It is a really important to get into regionals and a good finish in this tournament would be huge,” said Kaufman.
“We need all five guys to play well tomorrow and they are all capable of it. We are looking forward to a good round tomorrow,” Kaufman added.
Cincinnati’s Emerson Newsome leads McDonald and Sutton by two-strokes with a first day total of 138 in the individual standings.
UAB will tee off along side Mississippi State and South Alabama at 10 a.m. in Tuesday’s final round. Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.