TUSCALOOSA ?? The University of Alabama will get a chance to get a feel for how the course at the Omni Tucson National Golf Course plays on Wednesday morning at 10:50 a.m. CT when it tees off from the first tee for its practice round.
Alabama will be in Tucson, Arizona competing in the NCAA Men’s Golf West Regional. Alabama is the sixth seed in the West, and, by virtue of its high seed, is rewarded with the “more desirable” tee times. The 27 teams open official play in the 54-hole tournament on Thursday, May 18. Alabama will tee off at 1:48 p.m. CT or 11:48 a.m. local time in Tucson. The course is par 72 with a 7,200 yard layout.
The Crimson Tide is paired with East Tennessee State and Baylor.
The tournament will include three rounds of competitive golf, one per day Thursday through Saturday. The top 10 teams from the regional and top two individuals, including those from teams that did not make the cut, will advance to the NCAA finals which are May 31-June 3 at the Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. The NCAA finals include a field of 30 teams, ten from each of three regionals being played this week, and six individuals, two coming out of each regional.
Representing Alabama at the West Regional are freshman Matthew Swan of Montgomery, and four sophomores, Mark Harrell of Hazlehurst, Ga.; Gator Todd of Florence, Stewart Whitt of Athens; and Joseph Sykora of Daphne. Harrell, Todd and Sykora are all NCAA veterans having helped Alabama advance to the team finals with their top 10 regional finish in 2005.