The University of Alabama successfully maneuvered its way through the match-play brackets at the NCAA Championships on Tuesday, winning twice including a dominating 5-0 win against Duke in the semifinals to advance to the title match.
Alabama will play top-seeded Oklahoma State on Wednesday at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET (The Golf Channel). The Cowboys ruined Auburn’s bid for an all-SEC final, 3-2.
No. 6 Alabama took an early lead and then control of the match around the time the teams took the turn.
After defeating Doug Ghim of Texas in the morning, the 2018 Ben Hogan winner as the nation’s best college golf player, Duke senior Jake Shuman struggled in the afternoon and Davis Shore never let up. The freshman won six of the first eight holes of their match and clinched the win early on the 13th hole.
Senior Lee Hodges birdied the 11th and 12th holes to take control of his match. Junior Davis Riley chipped in on 10 to even his, then won the 11th. Freshman Wilson Furr put his approach shot on 12 in the hole to tie his match.
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) May 29, 2018
From that point, it was a race to see who would be the next to earn a point.
It was Hodges with a long par putt on 16 to finish off sophomore Chandler Eaton, followed by Riley.
“Just patience” was the difference, Hodges told The Golf Channel. “I played really well [Tuesday].”
The final will be a rematch of the 2014 title match, won by Alabama 4-1. However, this time the Cowboys are the host school and have attracted large crowds the past couple of days at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., (par 72, 74,60 yards).
It’s the fourth time Alabama will play for the championship in seven years, having won back-t0-back titles in 2013-14. Oklahoma State has won 10 national championships, the most recent in 2006.
Earlier Tuesday, Alabama defeated Texas Tech in the quarterfinals, 3-2.
Alabama vs. Duke, 4-1
- Lee Hodges d. Chandler Eaton, 3 and 2
- Davis Riley d. Adrien Pendaries, 3 and 2
- Wilson Furr d. Evan Katz, 2 and 1
- Davis Shore d. Jake Shuman, 6 and 5
- Jonathan Hardee d. Alex Smalley, 3 and 2
— Alabama Men's Golf (@AlabamaMGolf) May 29, 2018
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