I'd like to this moment and announce the addition of Alec.lewis.71 to the staff here at RBR. Alec will be covering the Alabama golf team for the site and will also be assisting BamaBrave and Roger in our basektball and baseball coverage. Y'all give him a warm welcome and of course a Roll Tide! - Bammer
When you think of the University of Alabama, if football doesn’t come to your mind something is up. Nick Saban is probably the most recognizable figure in the state, AJ McCarron is inspiring parents day by day to name their kids AJ, and even strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran is more known for his antics on a jumbotron than Alabama governor Robert Bentley is known for his governing.
But that’s not all. That is certainly not all that comes with the U of A. The magnified stories from fraternities and sororities have been greatly publicized over the years, the law school at ‘Bama is the only one of its kind in the state, and even the rivalry between that orange and blue school down the road define Alabama; well, I guess that comes back to football.
You’re right, it’s hard to think of anything else besides football when it comes to sports at Alabama. A few fans might talk about basketball, but with the failure of the teams in this state over the last few years, people have gravitated to the sport that brings in the most revenue, owns the most fans, and has the most TV time.
That’s why golf isn’t what football is. Or at least college golf.
Alabama has had the #1 golf team for 2 straight years and in that time, the team has won 2 SEC Championships and 2 National Championships, as well as producing many professional golfers.
Cory Whitsett, a senior who graduated from Alabama after repeating as a national champion this past week, will be regarded as arguably the most decorated golfer in Alabama's history.
After the championship win, Whitsett said, "It was intense out there, and there's not a more fun day I've had in college golf than in playing in those finals three times. There's just so much on the line." But fortunately for him, he'll have a crack at the U.S. Open which might take the cake in his memory bank when it comes to golf.
Another qualifier from the University of Alabama, Robby Shelton, was named the SEC player of the year as a freshman and was also awarded "The Phil Mickelson Award" as the nation's top freshman. Shelton, who participated in sectionals at Colonial Country Club in Memphis, shot a 70 and a 66 earning him a spot in the field next week.
Both guys, along with former Alabama golfer Justin Thomas (who turned professional after last year's national championship win) will have a fantastic opportunity next week and Tide fans alike hope one of of these guys can add another chapter to this storybook that has been Alabama's Golf Team under coach, Jay Seawell.