Alabama Men’s Golfer Jonathan Hardee Wins Southeastern Amateur Championship
Rising senior Jonathan Hardee captured the 88th Southeastern Amateur championship at the Country Club of Columbus on Saturday afternoon. Hardee, who entered the final round of play two strokes back of the lead, finished the day at 5-under par 65 to close the event with a four-day total score of 18-under par 262 (65-66-66-65).
Hardee, who finished in 19th-place at last month’s NCAA Championships, claimed the victory by four strokes ahead of current Georgia Tech golfer and Columbus, Ga., native James Clark (-14, 266).
“Winning this event means a lot to me,” Hardee said. “It’s huge for me to start the summer this way. This was the first time I played in this event and the first time I’ve won an amateur, so it super exciting and feels really good. For me to go out and win when it was the first time playing the course does a lot for my confidence and my career. It was great to continue the momentum I had from the NCAA Championships. Playing four rounds at the NCAAs helped me in this tournament because we don’t play a lot of four-round events in amateur golf.”
Hardee was one of two Alabama golfers to finish among the top-15 in the field, as rising senior Steven Setterstrom closed play in 15th with a 1-under par 279 (70-71-68-70). The Greer, S.C., native will look to continue his stellar play at next week’s North-South Amateur Championship, which will be held June 26-30 in Pinehurst, N.C.
Hardee’s performance capped tremendous day for the Alabama men’s golf program. In addition to Hardee’s victory, former Crimson Tide standout Justin Thomas made U.S. Open history on Saturday when he carded a round of 9-under 63 – the lowest round vs. par in the tournament’s 117-year history. He is currently in second overall heading into the major’s final round at 11-under par. Furthermore, former Alabama golfer Trey Mullinax, playing in his first U.S. Open, is tied for 17th at 4-under par.
Another former Alabama great, Robby Shelton, is currently leading the GolfBC Championship on the Canadian PGA Tour after three rounds. Shelton, who is in his first year as a professional, holds a three-stroke lead at 17-under par 196 (63-68-65) heading into Sunday’s fourth and final round.