One Of The Number Ones Begins Action

Number One Alabama will be playing in Georgia this weekend. Whoops! Have to narrow that down. The number one Crimson Tide golf team. Hmmm? Still not specific enough. Okay, the number one Alabama MEN'S golf team travels to the Carpet Capital Collegiate this weekend to open the 2012-13 season on the par-72, 7,012-yard The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga.

The Alabama men's golf team of Coach Jay Seawell has to share number one accolades with other Crimson Tide sports. Alabama football is also number one, where the Crimson Tide finished up last season. Additionally, the Bama women's golf team, the 2012 national champions, are number one going into 2012-13. (Gymnastics will certainly be in the national championship conversation when that sport begins in a few months.)

Crimson Tide men's golf finished second in the nation last spring, falling to Texas in the grueling NCAA Tournament on the final hole.

This is a new season, and Seawell said, "You always get excited this time of year. With the talented guys we have coming back, and the standard that they have and strive to have, as a coach you always look forward to the start of the season."

Golfweek also joined the coaches' poll in tabbing the Crimson Tide as the nation's preseason number one team. Golfweek listed three Crimson Tide golfers among their top-10 nationally. Sophomore Justin Thomas, who was the National Player of the Year last season, was ranked number one and teammates Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett were ranked fifth and eighth, respectively.

The 54-hole tournament begins Friday and runs through Sunday. Joining Alabama at this year's Carpet Capital field includes sixth ranked Auburn, Chattanooga, number 24 Clemson, number 19 Georgia, seventh ranked Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, LSU, Middle Tennessee State University, North Carolina, number 15 North Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, number two and defending national champions Texas, and Wake Forest.

Last season at the Carpet Capital Collegiate, the Crimson Tide finished fourth, while Justin Thomas captured medalist honors, carding a 10-under-par 206, in his first collegiate tournament.

Seawell will call on senior Scott Strohmeyer, Whitsett, Wyatt, Thomas, and redshirt freshman Tom Lovelady to start this weekend, while Trey Mullinax will compete as an individual.

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