The team to beat this year in college golf looks an awful lot like last year’s champs.
Defending NCAA champion Alabama kept its winning streak alive Tuesday at the Puerto Rico Classic, shooting 14 under par in the final round to hold off hard-charging Georgia Tech.
Making their first start of the spring season, the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide have now won each of their five starts in 2013-14. Dating to last year, Alabama has won 11 team titles in a row, and 12 of the last 13.
In Puerto Rico, the Tide finished the three-round event at 45-under 819, four shots clear of third-ranked Georgia Tech, which shot a blistering 20 under par on the final day. It is Alabama’s fourth consecutive victory at this event.
No. 7 Georgia was third at 29 under par, while Clemson (17 under) and Virginia Tech (9 under) rounded out the top 5.
Alabama freshman Robby Shelton – the ninth-ranked player in the country who is effectively replacing Justin Thomas, who turned pro after last year’s NCAA title – shared medalist honors with Clemson's Miller Capps. They both shot 12-under 204.
Three players finished one shot behind, including Georgia’s Joey Garber, the fourth-ranked player in the country, according to Golfstat.
Four of Alabama’s five starters finished inside the top 10 in their spring debut: top-ranked Trey Mullinax (T-8), Cory Whitsett (T-8) and Bobby Wyatt (T-10).