Rio Grande, Puerto Rico – The No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide finished their Spring season opener in the Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The Tide would go on to shoot 15-over-par (306-291-282) for a share of 11th place in the 54-hole three-day tournament.
Jay Seawell’s team struggled in the earlier days of the tournament. The Tide were without their All-American senior captain, Davis Riley, who had decided to forego his Spring season to turn professional. Riley led the 2018 team to the National Championship, where they were defeated in the final round by the No.1 Oklahoma State Cowboys at their home course.
Sophomore Wilson Furr led the charge for the Crimson Tide after an opening round 5-over-par 77, to two sub-70 rounds (68-69). Furr’s rally came on the Par 4s and 5s where he would have a below-par scoring average, good enough for a T-15 finish.
Freshmen Frankie Capan III and Prescott Butler in their first Spring tournament also showed tremendous heart after early struggles scoring under-par in their final rounds. Butler would finish 4-over-par in a tie for 41st place and Capan III shot 5-0ver-par for a tie for 43rd place.
Davis Shore tied for 66th place at 14-over par, while Senior leader Alex Green shot 17-over par coming in a tie for 70th.
Alabama’s next tournament is March 3-5, in Los Cabos, Mexico in the Querencia Cabo Collegiate.