Tide Men's Golf Top Regional Seed

Earlier this year, Alabama Men's Golf Coach Jay Seawell said the Crimson Tide had the nation's best college golf with both the Bama women and men ranked among the nation's top teams. Last week, the Alabama women of Coach Mic Potter punched their ticket to the NCAA Championship Tournament by winning the NCAA Women's East Regional. This week it's time for the men to step up.



The expectation is that the Alabama men's golf team will make it out of the regional and into the NCAA Tournament. Bama has earned its seventh consecutive invitation to NCAA post-season competition.

Moreover, the Crimson Tide, ranked third in the nation, is the number one seed at the NCAA Indiana Regional, to be played May 19-21 at Wolf Run Golf Club in Zionsville, Ind.

The Wolf Run Golf Club is a par-71, 6,805-yard course that opened in 1989.

Alabama's team includes four of the top individuals in the nation in Bud Cauley, Cory Whitsett, Bobby Wyatt and Hunter Hamrick.

Since Seawell's arrival in Tuscaloosa prior to the 2002-03 season, the Crimson Tide has qualified for seven straight NCAA postseasons and eight overall, including four NCAA Championship appearances (2005, 2007-09). The 2011 selection is the 20th overall NCAA appearance in school history.

The NCAA men's golf tournament is in the third year of a format adopted for the 2009 season. The old 30-team, three-regional was replaced by a six-regional schedule. Three of the regionals will have fields of 13 teams and 10 individuals, with the other three consisting of 14 teams and five individuals each for a total of 75 players at each site. The NCAA Indiana Regional will consist of 14 teams and five individuals.

The top five teams and the top individual not on an advancing team will qualify from each regional site for the NCAA Division I Men's Championship at the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. The NCAA Championship begins on May 31 and concludes on June 5.

The finals have a new format with the top eight teams after 54 holes of stroke play facing off in match play to determine the national champion. The individual winner is crowned after 54 holes.

Joining Alabama in the NCAA Indiana Regional is No. 2-seed Illinois, Iowa, Stanford, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Indiana, Florida State, Michigan, Charlotte, Memphis, Wichita State, Missouri-Kansas City and Sacred Heart.

Individuals that were selected to participate in the regional include Eric Steger (Ball State), Nathan Sutherland (Miami, Ohio), Cameron Carrico (Murray State), Johan Ericksson (Eastern Kentucky) and Michael Powell (Indiana/Purdue-Indianapolis).

Last season Alabama participated in the NCAA New Haven (Conn.) Regional after winning the NCAA Galloway (N.J.) Regional in 2009.

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