Third Gets Tide Into NCAA Finals

MILTON, Ga. – The second-ranked Alabama men's golf team shot 2-over-par 282 in the final round of stroke-play qualifying on Thursday at the 2013 NCAA Golf Championships to tie for third and earn the No. 3 seed in match play on the par-70, 7,319-yard Crabapple Course at the Capital City Club.

Alabama finished 7-under-par 833 after 54 holes to tie Texas for third place. The Tide won the tiebreaker by virtue of a better cumulative drop score and will face New Mexico in the quarterfinals of match play at the 2013 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at 11:15 a.m. (CDT) on Friday.

The Lobos earned the sixth seed after a one-hole playoff that consisted of four teams following the conclusion of the third round on Thursday. Arizona State got the eighth seed and will face top-seeded California at 9 a.m. (CDT). Texas A&M did not advance out of the playoff.

Second-seeded Georgia Tech will face No. 7-seed UNLV at 10:30 a.m. while Texas and Illinois will play at 9:45 a.m. in the No. 4/No. 5 match. California will be the top seed after shooting 16-under-par 824 over 54 holes while host Georgia Tech was second at 10-under 830. Illinois finished fifth at 5-under 835. A&M, New Mexico, UNLV and Arizona State tied for sixth at 2-over 842.

"We have now entered the national championships tournament," Alabama Coach Jay Seawell said. "They battled really hard today. We got off to an average start at best, but the guys battled and made some birdies. We have accomplished one goal, which is to play in the championships (match play). We wish we would have played better, but we have a chance to play for the title."

Alabama's Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett both tied for 16th individually to lead the Crimson Tide at 3-under-par 207. Whitsett was among three Tide players to shoot even-par 70 on Thursday.

Whitsett made back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes with bogeys on the third and 17th. Thomas shot 72 in the third round with bogeys on the 16th and 18th to slip out of the top 10 individually.

Alabama also got even-par rounds of 70 from juniors Bobby Wyatt and Trey Mullinax. Wyatt, finished tied for 26th at 1-under-par 209. Mullinax tied for 49th at 2-over-par 212. Senior Scott Strohmeyer was the Tide's drop score on Thursday at 73 and finished tied for 69th at 4-over 214.

The tiebreaker went Alabama's way with a cumulative total of 6-over par among the dropped scores from each round while Texas' three-drop scores were 8-over. UA's three drop scores were a 72 by Mullinax in round one, a 71 by Wyatt in the second round and a 73 by Strohmeyer on Thursday.

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