The Crimson Tide won their second consecutive Jerry Pate Intercollegiate Tuesday, Oct. 8 shooting a team total of 12-under par over the 54 hole tournament at Old Overton Country Club in Vestavia Hills, Ala.
The Jerry Pate Intercollegiate came down to the last hole with Alabama holding a one shot lead going into the 18th hole over Arkansas. After Arkansas’s Julian Perico, the tournament’s individual champion, found the green after missing his tee shot in the right rough, all the pressure was on Alabama senior Davis Riley. Riley was able to stick his approach to within 10 feet to put the pressure back on Perico. Perico needed to make his birdie putt to tie Alabama, but missed a left to right swooping putt down the hill from around 15 feet. Riley would eventually two putt to secure the victory for Alabama.
Riley would be the team’s low score of the tournament and would post a final round 67, which was good enough for -9 on the tournament and second overall.
The 18th hole would not be the only place Riley would come up clutch for the Tide. The Alabama senior would show his senior leadership on the drive-able par-4 318-yard 15th. Riley drove his ball from the elevated tee box to a front right pin position, landing his ball within eight feet for his eagle. Head coach Jay Seawell would go on to say that shot was the reason the Tide would go on to win the tournament.
With Riley being the man for the Tide to end things, freshman Presscott Butler was the man who started the momentum for the Tide. Butler after posting a first round 80, was -4 on the front nine on Tuesday, which seemed to give the rest of the Alabama team the confidence it needed to comeback and win their home tournament.
Sophomores Davis Shore, Ben Fuller and Wilson Furr would combine for a final round +4 which was good enough to contain the late flurry of birdies by Arkansas’s Mason Overstreet. Overstreet would go on to birdie three of the last four holes for the Razorbacks.
Alabama’s will look to keep the momentum moving in their next tournament at the Country Club of Georgia on Oct. 19-21 in Alpharetta, Georgia.
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