For those that didn’t know, Alabama has a powerhouse men’s golf program that we certainly don’t cover as well as we should. They have appeared in 23 NCAA tournaments, won back-to-back national championships in 2013 and 2014, and produced Justin Thomas, the current #2 player in the world.
This week, the Tide competed in an event called the Linger Longer Invitational. Rumors that Jimmy Johnson served as the official spokesperson of the event are unconfirmed, but it is by all accounts a fine invitational with many worthy programs participating.
Sunday was the opening day of the tournament, and Georgia jumped out to a commanding five stroke lead, only to watch Alabama stay on brand to storm back and edge them out on the final day behind heroics from individual winner Lee Hodges:
Hodges, 14-under overall, used a run of birdies early on the back nine to create the separation he needed during the final round. 11-under for the tournament after a 2-under 34 frontside Hodges rolled in birdies on Nos. 11, 12 and 15 as he pulled away just enough.
For the tournament, Hodges a senior, carded rounds of 67-68-67 as he picked his second win of the spring and fourth win of his career.
As far as we know, Hodges has no Samoan genealogy.
The Tide currently sit at #5 in the country with two more events to play before the SEC Championships in late April.
Congratulations men, and Roll Tide.