The University of Alabama men’s golf team got off to a good start at the NCAA Sammamish Regional, hosted by Washington, on Monday.
Alabama shot the course Aldarra Golf Club, located just east of Seattle, at 1-under par for third place after the first day of the three-day tournament.
After teeing off on the 10th hole, junior Steven Setterstrom birdied the par-5 11th hole, and eagled the subsequent hole, which was also a par 5, en route to a 3-under-par day to top the Crimson Tide. He’s tied for third overall, four strokes off the individual lead.
Juniors Lee Hodges and Jonathan Hardee both scored even-par and are tied for 14th, while sophomore Davis Riley, Alabama’s top ranked golfer at No. 50, shook off a double-bogey on the first hole to finish +2.
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.
No. 24 Florida State led the field at -6, two strokes ahead of No. 1 USC. Following No. 36 Alabama were No. 12 Kent State and No. 13 Texas A&M at +3, with a three-stroke cushion.
Alabama played with Florida State and host No. 30 Washington, which finished well off the pace at +11.
Play resumes Tuesday morning, weather permitting. Rain is forecasted overnight and into the morning hours.