For the 20th time in program history, and the 11th under Alabama legend Jay Seawell, the Alabama Crimson Tide golf team has advanced to the NCAA Championships.
Entering the final day of stroke play, the Crimson Tide were tied for 1st in the Stockton (CA) Region. However, a sluggish start pushed ‘Bama back to +4 on the day and in 4th place early. Led by Wilson Furr (-9), the Tide roared back, but were unable to make up enough ground on the forgiving Spanos course that saw plenty of big numbers over the week (or small numbers, if you want to be all technical about it.)
Still, fourth was good enough to advance the Tide to the NCAA National Championships. This is the 16th year Seawell has been at Alabama — 11 times his squads have moved on to play for the national title. The program is built to last too: Furr is only a freshman, and Alabama presently has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country (familiar story, huh?)
Alabama will now move on to the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., to play for the title, May 25-30. We’ll have more coverage as that event nears.
On the women’s side of the ledger, the No. 1 Alabama women’s golf team received a superb individual award yesterday.
Alabama’s Kristen Gillman fired a 4-under par 140 to win the U.S. Women’s Open qualifier at the Deerwood Club in Kingwood, Texas on Monday.
Gillman’s three-shot victory over Maria Fassi of Arkansas qualifies the sophomore for the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open that will be played at the Shoal Creek Club, May 28-June 3, in Shoal Creek, Ala.
”Playing in the U.S. Open this year was a huge goal of mine,” Gillman said. “Because it is going to be played at Shoal Creek, where we play quite a bit during the school year, it feels amazing to have qualified. Shoal Creek is a great golf course and I think it will be a good test.”
Alabama's Kristen Gillman qualifies for U.S. Women's Open.— Alabama Women's Golf (@AlabamaWGolf) May 16, 2018
This is the fourth time in the previous five years the Women’s US Open has included an Alabama golfer.
Best of luck to all on the links