PANAMA CITY, Florida. – Alabama male golfer Claycomb cannon earned medal honors at the Watersound Invitational on Tuesday, finishing with a career-low 54-hole total of 14-under-par 202 to win by eight strokes. As a team, the Crimson Tide closed the event in second place with a 10-under 854 total (296-276-282).
Not only was it Claycomb’s first career individual tournament title, it also marked his first career top 5 and the first time he recorded three consecutive rounds in the 60s, finishing with rounds of 67 -66-69 on par 72, 7,202 -Shark’s Tooth Golf Course.
After opening the tournament in 10and overall after day one with a 10-over team total, Alabama responded with a 12-under second round followed by posting the lowest team score of 18 Tuesday’s final holes, a 6-under par 282. In fact, all five UA golfers shot tied or better in the final round of play to secure the team’s second-place finish, the best tournament finish in the season.
IT’S OFFICIAL????! Claycomb cannon earns his first college medalist honor with a career-best 14-under 202 at the Watersound Invitational! The Crimson Tide finished second in the tournament ??#RollTide | #BamaGolf pic.twitter.com/m5bJ23swhJ
— Alabama Men’s Golf (@AlabamaMGolf) February 22, 2022
Coach Seawell on his team’s performance:
“I’m very proud of our guys. I think they reacted really well all week. We had a great winter camp and the guys embraced what we’re trying as a program. I think that’s just a sign of the hard work they have I really think the last two weeks of preparation have been good and our guys have been playing some good golf In this tournament we were lucky enough to come and play against some of the best teams in the country and we showed what we’re capable of It was a big step for this team from a confidence standpoint Especially after a bad back nine in the first round That’s something we can learn from If we had kept our focus and composure throughout the three rounds, we could’ve won the team trophy. It’s something we can learn from and I think we will. Overall, I’m very excited for our program.
Coach Seawell on Canon’s Medal Winner Honors:
“I’m very happy for Canon. I think he’s made a personal decision to refocus and focus on the game of golf again. He’s always been a hard worker and he’s a great young man, but he really put that as his main focus, the He’s been great and he’s definitely capable of being an All-America caliber player on the first team and he’ll build on that win and it’s only going to give him more confidence that what he does works.
Claycomb cannon On winning his first career college event
“It’s amazing. It’s an obstacle that I tried to overcome (winning the first collegiate tournament). I had good events but I didn’t win at the collegiate level before today, so it’s “It’s been great. It’s been great. I felt like I haven’t missed a shot all weekend. This victory is not only good for me, but also for our team. Guys knew I was playing well and leading, but it was great to see our whole team pull together and finish strong, especially on the back nine today. I think that helped each of us to be more focused and that we were able to get a few birdies in stride to earn a second place finish. I couldn’t be more proud of our team and how the spring season has started.”
The strong points
- Claycomb led the event from wire to wire, posting three straight rounds in the 60s to finish eight strokes ahead of Georgia Tech’s Ross Steelman (210)
- The junior Crimson Tide birdied the final two holes of Tuesday’s final round to seal victory and first medal honors for any golfer currently on the UA roster
- For the event, Claycomb led the field in passing 11 under par on the par-5 holes (average of 4.08 shots) while his 17 birdies were the most golfer in the three-day tournament. .
- Second year JP Cave also had a solid event as he tied for 23rd overall with a 1-over by 217 (79-69-69)
- Cave shot Tide’s lowest round on the final day, which included an eagle on the par 5 17and hole, posting a second consecutive round of three under par 69 to tie for 23rd in the individual classification
- Cave has now recorded seven career laps in the 60s
- Junior Thomas Ponder was one of three golfers to even shoot on the day to finish tied for 36and with a three-day total of 4 out of 220 (73-75-72)
- Transfer graduate Charlie Nikitas (77-72-72) and juniors West Dillon (80-69-72) shot corresponding scores of 221 and tied for 39and globally
- West (+4) and Nikitas (+3) recovered from a rocky start to the front nine to combine seven birdies and no bogeys over the last nine holes
- Compete as an individual, Simms Abney won a final round 5 over par 77, finishing at 9 over par 225 and tied for 52n/a location
— Alabama Men’s Golf (@AlabamaMGolf) February 22, 2022
- No. 17 Georgia Tech won the title with a par 849 15-under (285-277-287), five strokes ahead of Alabama
- No. 15 Notre Dame (858), Virginia Tech (862) and No. 26 Clemson (864) round out the top five respectively
- Only four of the 14 competing teams finished below par for the event
- Alabama (No. 33) was one of 12 teams in the 14 teams ranked in the nation’s top 50, including No. 4 North Carolina, No. 6 Arkansas, No. 12 from Wake Forest, No. 15 from Notre Dame, No. 15. 17 Georgia Tech, No. 26 Clemson, No. 32 Louisville, No. 34 NC State, No. 35 Florida State and No. 37 Virginia
- The 72-person individual field also included 18 of the nation’s top 100 golfers, according to Golfstat.com
- The Crimson Tide will be back in action next weekend, February 27-March 1, at Cabo Collegiate in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
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