The road to the national title begins Thursday, May 18 for The University of Alabama Men’s Golf Team. The Crimson Tide will be among 27 teams competing in the NCAA West Regional in Tucson, Arizona at the Omni Tucson National Golf Club from May 18-20. This is the fourth time in the last five years the Crimson Tide has been selected to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, 2005, Alabama advanced to the NCAA Finals for the first time since 1996.
Alabama was selected as the sixth seed in the West Regional. After three rounds of play, the top ten teams from the regional will advance to play in the NCAA Finals held in Sun River, Oregon from May 31 to June 3. Alabama will be joined in Tucson by fellow SEC competitor Florida. The Gators are the top seed in the West Regional. Other favorites in Tucson include Arizona State, BYU, East Tennessee State, Baylor, and Arizona, who will be playing on their home course.
The five Bama golfers competing in Tucson will be freshman Matthew Swan (72.73 season average), sophomore Mark Harrell (72.90), sophomore Gator Todd (73.30), sophomore Stewart Whitt (74.56), and sophomore Joseph Sykora (75.10). Harrell, Todd, and Sykora competed for the Crimson Tide last season at the NCAA Championship.
The West is one of three regionals taking place simultaneously this week to determine the field for the team finals. The East Regional will be held in Orlando at Lake Nona Golf Club. Defending National Champion and top-ranked Georgia will be the number one seed. The Bulldogs won the SEC Championship last month. Other favorites to come out of the East include UCLA, UNLV, North Carolina, and Matt Clark’s Georgia State Panthers. Clark played and coached at Alabama. Other SEC teams competing in Orlando include Auburn, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
The Central Regional will take place just outside Cleveland, Ohio. Oklahoma State was chosen as the top seed. Other favorites to advance are Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Clemson, and Duke. Kentucky is the lone SEC team in the Central.
The top ten teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Finals. Fans can keep up with the regional action through live scoring on www.golfstat.com. Below is the complete list of the teams that will compete for the NCAA Championship.