Special to the Citzen
For the fourth time in the collegiate golf tournament’s 11-year history, Alabama captured the Linger Longer Invitational at Reynolds Lake Oconee. At 12-under par, the nation’s No. 4-ranked Crimson Tide won the team competition by three strokes over No. 3 Georgia – the event’s other four-time team champion – and Augusta University. Alabama last won the event in 2013.
Georgia’s Lee McCoy (-9) defended his individual player title, holding off teammate Sepp Straka by one stroke. The Bulldogs’ senior distanced himself from the field with a second-round, five-under 67, then had to fend off Straka who fired a final-round 65. McCoy burst onto the national scene three weeks ago when, playing as an amateur, he finished in fourth place at the Valspar Championship, the PGA TOUR stop at Palm Harbor, Fla.
Co-hosted by Kennesaw State University and Mercer University, the 54-hole stroke-play Linger Longer Invitational was held March 20-22 at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Great Waters course. Over the years, the Invitational has attracted future PGA Tour standouts such as Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State University); Chris Kirk, Harris English, Kevin Kisner and Russell Henley (Georgia); and Brooks Koepka and Jonas Blixt (Florida State).
The Linger Longer Invitational combines award-winning golf, a resort destination setting and a welcoming, supportive community that together make the Reynolds Lake Oconee event one of the most respected venues in college golf. Throughout the years, the Linger Longer Invitational has been held at three of the property’s courses – Oconee, Landing and Great Waters.