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Alabama star golfer Robby Shelton turning pro
by Matt Zenitz
May 31, 2016
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Alabama golfer Robby Shelton announced following the NCAA Championships on Monday that he is bypassing his senior season with the Tide and turning pro.
A three-time first-team All-SEC selection and two-time All-American, Shelton finished tied for sixth at the NCAA Championships with a score of 1-over par 281.
It was the Wilmer native second top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships.
"I enjoyed this last walk with Robby," UA coach Jay Seawell said. "He is simply a phenomenal player. ... He is a class young man who I have had the fortune of coaching. I have watched him since he was a little kid at 13 years old.When he hit his drive on 18 right down the middle, he turned to me and said thank you. We had some tears at that point. I am just truly thankful. He is a champion and I think he represents what the University of Alabama is all about."
Shelton owns a school-record seven victories and has three of the four lowest single-season scoring averages in Tide history.
In 34 career tournaments, Shelton had 19 top-five finishes and 30 top-20 finishes.
"I want to thank everyone out there," Shelton said. "I especially want to thank coach Seawell, coach (Jon) Howell and my teammates. It is been the best three years of my life, and it is very emotional for me. I feel I will always be a part of the Crimson Tide family."
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