Alabama Crimson Tide golf

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Alabama Crimson Tide golf
Alabama Crimson Tide golf athletic logo

University University of Alabama
Conference SEC
Location Tuscaloosa, AL
Head Coach Men's: Jay Seawell (11th year)
Women's: Mic Potter (8th year)
Course Ol' Colony Golf Complex
Par: 72
Yards: 7,041
Nickname Alabama Crimson Tide
Colors Crimson and White

             

NCAA Champions
Men: 2013, 2014
Women: 2012
NCAA Team Appearance
Men: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Women: 1987, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Conference Champions
Men: 1979, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014
Women: 2010, 2013
Individual Conference Champions
Men: Bobby Hill (1952), Michael Thompson (2008), Justin Thomas (2012), Bobby Wyatt (2014)
Women: Stephanie Meadow (2013)

The Alabama Crimson Tide golf teams represent the University of Alabama located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Crimson Tide currently has two of the best teams in the country with the men and women consistently ranked inside the top 5 by Golfweek.

History[edit]

Men[edit]

The Alabama Crimson Tide men’s golf program has a rich history that dates back to the program’s inception in 1952. That first season saw Crimson Tide golfer Bobby Hill capture the SEC Individual Championship.[1] Michael Thompson (2008), Justin Thomas (2012), and Bobby Wyatt are the only other Crimson Tide golfers to win the SEC Individual Championship. The Crimson Tide has won five SEC Tournament Championships (1979, 2008, 2012–2014); appeared in 23 NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the finals 12 times; and have had 13 players garner 21 All-America honors.[1]

Jay Seawell, the 2008 & 2012 SEC Coach of the Year, arrived in 2002 and has steadily taken the Tide to its greatest height in the programs history.[2] Entering his 11th year at the Capstone, Seawell has established Alabama as one of the elite programs in collegiate golf. The Tide has been routinely ranked in the top 5 in the country while leading Alabama to 10 NCAA Tournaments appearances and four berths in the NCAA Championships. Under Seawell’s guidance in 2008, Alabama captured its first SEC Championship since 1979 and its first SEC medalist – Michael Thompson – since Bobby Hill in 1952.[3] Over the past eight years, the Crimson Tide has garnered seven All-America honors by five players, had eight All-Region selections and 15 All-SEC honors, including 9 first-team choices.[1] Bud Cauley, an All-American his three years at Alabama (2009–2011), was named the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2009 and was a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award.[1] Thompson was also a finalist in 2008. In 2011, Cory Whitsett was named SEC Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-SEC. The 2012 team made it to the final match at the NCAA Championships before losing on the final hole and finishing second. Freshman Justin Thomas was also named the SEC Freshman of the Year and the SEC Player of the Year for the 2012 season. In 2013 the team repeated as SEC Champions and for the second straight season made it to the final match at the NCAA Championships, where they defeated Illinois 4-1 to win not only the program's first NCAA National Championship, but also became the first men's program in school history to win a NCAA Championship. In 2014 the Tide once again won the SEC Championship, with Bobby Wyatt becoming just the fourth Crimson Tide golfer to win a SEC Individual Championship. The Tide would go on compete in their third consecutive NCAA finals match and repeated as NCAA national champions by defeating Oklahoma State 4–1.

Women[edit]

Alabama first had a women's golf team in 1974, but has reached heights of success over the past five years never seen in the program’s history.[4] Since his arrival in 2006, Mic Potter has built Alabama into a national contender.[5] The Tide has advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of Potter’s eight seasons after the Tide had qualified for the NCAA Women's Golf Championship just once in the program’s history before his arrival.[4] In 2010, Alabama won the SEC Women’s Golf Championship and posted a then school-best third-place finish at the NCAA Championships.[4] In 2011, the Crimson Tide won its first NCAA Regional title in school history, and qualified for the 2011 NCAA Golf Championship at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas, where they finished tied for 8th.[6]

In 2012, the Tide won their first-ever NCAA Championship, when senior Brooke Pancake made a par on the final hole to clinch the title, winning with a score of 1,171 strokes (19 over par) over four rounds at the Vanderbilt Legends Course in Franklin, Tennessee.[7] The championship was the first for the University of Alabama in a sport other than football or gymnastics. The Crimson Tide continued their success in 2013 where they won the SEC Championship as a team while Stephanie Meadow won the individual title.

Tour professionals[edit]

Men[edit]

The Crimson Tide has had numerous great players that have come through the program over the years. One of the best known is Jerry Pate, who has competed in the Walker Cup, garnered All-America honors, captured the U.S. Amateur, won the U.S. Open, was named PGA Rookie of the Year, and went on to enjoy a successful career on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.[8] Pate also designed Alabama's current home course, Ol' Colony.[9] Other players that played with the Tide include current PGA Tour rookie Bud Cauley, Steve Lowery, Spike McRoy, Jason Bohn, Dicky Pride, David Kirkpatrick, Mårten Olander and Michael Thompson.[1] Olander captured the 1993 Ben Hogan Award. Besides Jerry Pate, the only other Alabama Crimson Tide golfer thought to earn first team All-America honors is David Kirkpatrick.[10]

Women[edit]

The Crimson Tide has had minimal success on the LPGA Tour. Peggy Kirsch, Leslie Spalding, and Judi Schneider Pavone are the only former players to play full-time on the LPGA Tour.[4] The Tide has had a little more success on the LPGA developmental Futures Tour, with 10 all-time members and 2 active.[4]

Ol' Colony Golf Complex[edit]

The Crimson Tide golf team's home course is Ol' Colony, located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The course, which opened in 2000, was designed by former Crimson Tide golfer Jerry Pate.[9] The course is a 7,041-yard par 72,[11] and includes the state-of-the-art Jerry Pate Practice Center dedicated to the Crimson Tide golf teams.[12]

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