After struggling through the weather-impacted second round, the University of Alabama men’s golf team led all teams with a 2-under-par to tie for third place and advance at the NCAA Sammamish Regional, hosted by Washington, on Wednesday.
Alabama finished the three-day tournament at +10. No. 1 Southern California topped the final team standings at -3, ahead of No. 12 Kent State (+3), No. 24 Florida State (+10) and No. 36 Alabama, and No. 49 Penn State (+11).
The top five teams qualified for the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship at Rich Harvest Farms course in Sugar Grove, Ill., on May 26-31. Just missing were No. 13 Texas A&M (+15) and the host Huskies (+17), ranked 30th.
It’s the 19th time in program history Alabama advanced to the NCAA Championship, and 10th under head coach Jay Seawell.
“It means a great deal to take this team to nationals,” Seawell said in a release. “One of the things we talked about as a team last night was that every time they have had their backs against the wall, which has been most of the year, they have always responded. That’s a credit to all five of our guys here, as well as the ones who aren’t with us. They never panicked at a time it’s very easy to panic. They have answered the bell every time, including today, and I am just very proud of them.”
Alabama posted team scores of 283, 297 and 282 at Aldarra Golf Club (par 71, 6,885 yards).
Junior Lee Hodges shot -3 during the final round to finish -1, tied for eighth place. Sophomore Davis Riley was -1 on Wednesday for a +3 total, to tie for 17th.
After leading the team the first two days, Steven Setterstrom open with a 7 on the par-4 first hole and shot +4 to finish at +5 and tied for 22nd. Redshirt freshman Josh Sedeno was -2 for the day and +11 for the tournament and junior Jonathan Hardee was +14.
All six regionals concluded Wednesday, with No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 6 LSU, No. 20 Auburn and No. 22 Ole Miss also advancing in the SEC. No. 5 Florida, which was the top-seeded team in the West Lafayette Regional, did not make the 30-team field along with No. 23 Georgia, No. 25 Missouri, No. 28 South Carolina, No. 31 Arkansas and No. 43 Kentucky.
— Alabama Men's Golf (@AlabamaMGolf) May 17, 2017