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Three Golfers Rank Inside the Top 15 to lead Alabama after 36 Holes of the Watersound Invtiational

Three Golfers Rank Inside the Top 15 to lead Alabama after 36 Holes of the Watersound Invtiational

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Three golfers rank among the top-12 individuals to lead the No. 17-ranked Alabama men’s golf team through two rounds of the Watersound Invitational. As a team, the Crimson Tide will enter the third and final round in fourth place at 9-under par 567 (282-285).

Canon Claycomb (T12th), who entered the event ranked No. 13 in the PGA Tour University rankings, paced the Alabama golfers in round two with his 3-under par 69. Meanwhile, both Nick Dunlap (T10th) and Thomas Ponder (7th) each carded rounds of 1-under par 71 to position the trio inside the top-15 individuals after 36 holes played.

In addition, Jones Free, who is playing as an individual this week, carded a career-best round of 5-under 67 Monday, which included a single-round personal-best seven birdies compared to only two bogeys.

Tuesday’s final round on the par 72, 7,246-yard Sharks Tooth Golf Club course will tee off at Tuesday morning.

Round Two Highlights

  • After carding a 5-under 67 in round one, Thomas Ponder responded with his second-straight below par score of the event and 12th such round of the season
  • Ponder enters the third round alone in seventh place with a 36-hole score of 6-under par 138 (67-71)
  • Nick Dunlap’s second round was highlighted by an eagle on the 555-yard par 5 third hole to earn his 11th round of par or better on the year
  • Dunlap is in a tie for 10th place overall with a two-day total of 4-under 140 (69-71)
  • Canon Claycomb collected the lowest score of the day to help him 14 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 12th overall with a 141 (72-69)
  • Competing as an individual, Jones Free had his best round as a collegiate play following a 4-under par 67 Monday to vault 23 spots into a tie with Dunlap for 10th at 4-under par (73-67)
  • JP Cave is in 43rd at 6-over 148 (74-74) while Jonathan Griz rounds out the Tide’s starting lineup in a tie for 50th with a 150 (74-76)
  • Jack Goldasich (+7), also playing as an individual, is in 59th place with a 154 (79-75)

The Field and Team Highlights

  • Top-ranked Vanderbilt (-26) owns an eight-stroke lead on No. 12 Georgia Tech (-16) entering the final round of play
  • Tournament host and No. 11 Florida State (-11) is two shots ahead of the Crimson Tide (-9), with No. 24 Mississippi State (-3) rounding out the top five
  • Among all individuals, Nick Dunlap leads the field in par 5 scoring (-7, 4.13) while Thomas…


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