Auburn’s Andrew Kozan Ties for Low Medalist
While Tigers, Crimson Tide Teams Fall Short in Season Debut
College golf season got cranked up this week, as most of Alabama college golf teams found their way to warmer locales while the folks back home shivered in frigid temperatures. Here’s the round-up of Alabama college golf spring season:
Alabama’s and Auburn’s men’s team began their spring seasons at the Gators Invitational, while the Tide and Tigers women’s teams opened play at the Moon Golf Invitational.
The Mobile Bay Intercollegiate featured men’s teams from UAB and South Alabama, while the 1st Coast Classic featured women’s teams from Troy, South Alabama and UAB
Auburn tied for second with Georgia at the Gators Invitational with a 54-hole total of 816, five shots off host Florida’s winning pace. Alabama was further back at 823 to finish in sixth place.
Auburn’s Andrew Kozan and Georgia’s Trent Phillips tied for medalist honors, each crafting 11-under 199 totals. Wilson Furr was Alabama’s top finisher in a tie for sixth place at 204.
Auburn’s Andrew Kozan a Bright Spot for Alabama College Golf
It was the first individual title for Kozan, who was named SEC Men’s Golf Player of the Week.
In Mobile, Illinois ran away with the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate title on the strength of Michael Feagles’ individual championship. Feagles shot 16-under 200 to win by eight shots, helping the Illini to a 54-hole 827 total. UAB shot 852 to finish fifth, led by Drew Mathers who tied for 14th place at 212. Yannick Schuetz led South Alabama to an eighth-place finish with a tie for third place at 209.
On the women’s side, South Carolina (840) won the Moon golf Classic, while Auburn (862) was fifth and Alabama (866) ninth. Alabama’s Polly Mack shot 66 in the final round to finish tied for third at 208, five shots behind Pauline Rossin-Bouchard of South Carolina. Auburn’s top finishers were Elina Sinz and Mychael O’Berry, who tied for 13th place at 215.
Host North Florida won the 1st Coast Classic by 16 shots over Troy, with South Alabama notching a fifth-place finish and UAB tying for ninth.
Troy’s Nicole Lorup (211) finished one shot behind medalist Carolina Andrade of Florida International. South Alabama’s Julie Hovland (216) tied for seventh place. UAB’s Pin-Hsuan Chen tied for 19th at 222.
By Alabama Golf News staff
Featured image: Auburn’s Andrew Kozan, credit Auburn Athletics