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October 3, 2023

Nick Dunlap goes low with school-record 60

By Alabama Golf News Staff
Nick Dunlap

Sets Tide 36-hole record score against par

EAST HAMPTONS, N.Y. – Alabama golfer Nick Dunlap carded a record-setting round of 12-under par 60 in Monday’s second round to help lead the Crimson Tide to a 36-hole clubhouse lead at the Hamptons Intercollegiate.

The Tide entered Tuesday’s final round of the event with a four-stroke advantage at 19-under par 557 (285-272).

Dunlap, who won the U.S. Amateur Championship in August, became the 18th golfer in NCAA history to record a 60 in a tournament, and the first to achieve the feat since Columbia’s Nathan Han did so on Oct. 1, 2022.

The Huntsville native holds a two-shot lead over UCLA’s Luke Powell (-13) entering the final round of action as he will look to win his second medalist honor in as many weeks (won medalist honors at last week’s SEC Match Play hosted by Jerry Pate).

The 54-hole event concludes Tuesday at the par 72 6,742-yard Maidstone Golf Club course.

Nick Dunlap shoots a record-setting round

His record round began with an eagle and three birdies on the front nine and he made the turn at 5-under par, followed by making seven birdies on the back nine including a string of six consecutive birdies.

  • He narrowly missed a birdie putt on the 18th hole which would have made him the first collegiate golfer to ever card a sub-60 round
  • Dunlap is the first UA golfer to finish a round at 10 or more strokes below par
  • Broke Bobby Wyatt’s school record for single round (61) and single round vs. par (-9) set during the 2014 SEC Championship
  • Set the school record for 36-hole score relative to par (-15) while his total of 129 is second-best in school history.

Opening Day Highlights

  • In addition to Nick Dunlap, Canon Claycomb also is among the top-10 individuals ending the day in ninth overall at 3-under 141 (70-71)
  • Austin Coggin, who is making his Crimson Tide debut this week, gave UA three golfers inside the top-20 as he is in a tie for 19th overall at even par 144 (71-73)
  • Jonathan Griz responded to an opening round 77 with a second round 3-under par 69 to end the day in a tie for 28th overall with a 2-over par 146
  • Thomas Ponder rounds out the UA starters in a tie for 33rd with a 3-over 147 (75-72)

The Field

  • Second-round play was suspended due to darkness with two groups out on the course
  • At the time play being suspended, the Tide held a four-shot lead over No. 13 Virginia (-15) and five-shot advantage over No. 37 UCLA (-14).

Gregg Dewalt is the editor of Alabama Golf News

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Featured image by Alabama Athletics,which contributed to this report

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