Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

MR. GOLF: Alabama Seeking Win No. 6 at Jerry Pate Intercollegiate

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

MR. GOLF: Alabama Seeking Win No. 6 at Jerry Pate Intercollegiate

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Play begins today in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at Old Overton Club in Birmingham.

Alabama golf coach Jay Seawell lines up Bobby Wyatt, Cory Whitsett, Trey Mullinax, Robby Shelton and Tom Lovelady as his starting five.

The Crimson Tide has won five of the last seven Pate's and will be the defending champions and one of the favorites.

David Kirkpatrick (1991), Joseph Sykora (2006), Mark Harrell (2007), Hunter Hamrick (2009) and Justin Thomas (2012) have all won the individual title.

This year's JPNI will feature Alabama, Auburn, UAB, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Texas, Texas-San Antonio, Arizona, Arkansas, UNLV, UNC-Charlotte and Vanderbilt.

Auburn will be represented by Jake Mondy, Matt Gilchrest, Niclas Carlsson, Daniel Stringfellow and Victor Henum, while UAB lines up Sam Love, Wilson McDonald, Thomas Sutton, Martin Rohwer and Paul Donne.

UAB comes in on good form having finished second, to Memphis, in its Shoal Creek Intercollegiate last week. The Blazers shot 848, 16- under-par, including a tournament low 273 (15-under-par) in the second round, to finish six back of Memphis.

The Pate has long been established as a must-play college event and is firmly in the top 10 of all college golf events, according to Seawell.

"This is Mr. Pate's tournament. He does not just loan his name to it. He is actively involved in all aspects including selecting the teams, raising the money (to put it on), etc.

"He has a special relationship with Mr. (Garry) Drummond (who built Old Overton, which was designed by Tom Fazio and Pate). The tournament has been played at Old Overton for many years and I can't see it ever moving."

Seawell also pointed out the key role that Old Overton director of golf Jim Brotherton plays in the event in "rolling out the red carpet to all teams and their players."

Seawell raved about the condition of the course and what a fine test it has become since it was lengthened a few years ago.

I can speak firsthand of Pate's love for the University of Alabama, particularly their athletic teams. When Ol' Colony Golf Complex reopened a few weeks ago, I played a few holes with him and the conversation turned to where he had been and what he had coming up. …

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