The University of Alabama men’s golf team struggled through much of the rain-delayed second round of the NCAA Sammamish Regional, hosted by Washington, on Tuesday. It was still on pace to advance, but saw its margin of error vanish.
Alabama shot the course at Aldarra Golf Club (par 71, 6,885 yards) at 13-over-par for a two-day total of +12. It’ll head into Wednesday’s final round in fifth place, just one stroke ahead of its nearest pursuer.
The top five teams qualify for the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship at Rich Harvest Farms course in Sugar Grove, Ill., on May 26-31.
Aided by two early eagles, No. 12 Kent State jumped ahead of Alabama in the team standings before it even started play. The Golden Eagles shot -2 for the day, +1 for the tournament. However, numerous teams lost ground over the final holes, played just before sunset. The Crimson Tide lost eight strokes over holes 15-18.
No. 1 USC heads into the final round at -5, with No. 24 Florida State at -2. No. 49 Penn State’s fourth at +10.
No. 36 Alabama hopes to hold off host No. 30 Washington (+12), No. 13 Texas A&M (+15), and No. 37 San Diego State (+16).
Individually, junior Steven Setterstrom is tied for 13th at +1 overall, while junior Lee Hodges is +2, sophomore Davis Riley +4, and junior Jonathan Hardee +5. Redshirt freshman Josh Sedeno is a distant +13.
The round was delayed almost four hours due to weather.
All six regionals will conclude Wednesday, with every other host team in good position to advance. Texas, LSU and Vanderbilt are all comfortably leading their regionals, with Stanford second and Purdue tied for third while playing on their home courses.
— Alabama Men's Golf (@AlabamaMGolf) May 16, 2017