The University of Alabama men’s golf team got off to a sluggish start at the NCAA Championships when inclement weather delayed the start of the first round Friday, and 16 teams were still on the course when play was suspended at 9:38 p.m. ET.
After teeing off approximately 4 hours after their scheduled times, the Crimson Tide were among them with everyone between the 13th and 17th holes. Overall, Alabama was at +3, tied for 11th place.
“We just tried to keep our guys focused and create a plan during the delay,” coach Jay Seawell said in a release. “We went out and ate some lunch then came to the course early and allowed them to chip and putt a little bit before warm-ups just to get them out of the hotel.
“I thought our guys did a really good job. The greens were really chewed up at the end with all the players that came before us and the rain we had. There are some things we have to do better — make a few more putts and get some birdies — but I’m fairly proud of how they did considering the conditions.”
Senior Jonathan Hardee was the lone Alabama golfer below par at 1-under through the 15th hole, and tied for 24th on the individual leaderboard. Senior Lee Hodges and junior Davis Riley were both +1, with freshman Wilson Furr was +2 and freshman Davis Shore +3.
Northwestern shot an 8-under 280 at Karsten Creek Golf Club (par 72, 7,460 yards) to set the course’s single-round record. The No. 33 Wildcats led No. 29 Kent State (288) by 8 strokes and No. 48 Iowa State (290) by 10.
Alabama was No. 6 in the pre-tournament rankings. The only SEC team ahead of it is No. 4 Vanderbilt at -1.
The teams are scheduled to finish the first round and subsequently play the second round on Saturday. After three rounds of stroke play, the field will be cut to 15 teams after 54 holes, and eight following the fourth round, to set up the quarterfinals for match play.
The first round will resume at 8 a.m. ET.
— Alabama Men's Golf (@AlabamaMGolf) May 25, 2018