Tide Men's Golf In NCAA Finals

Alabama's men's golf team will play for the national championship Sunday and the Crimson Tide will not be going against the expected competition.

Alabama, the nation's second ranked team, moved into Sunday's finals with a convincing 3-0-2 (Bama won three matches and halved two matches) victory over host team Georgia Tech at the NCAA Championships on the 7,319-yard, par 70 Crabapple Course at the Capital City Club in Milton, Ga., on the outskirts of Atlanta.

Top-ranked California was upset by Illinois in the semifinals. The match finished all even, 2-2-1, and was decided in a playoff between Thomas Pieters, the number two player for the Illini, against Max Homa, California's number one player. The two had finished even after 18 holes. Pierters won the second extra hole to give Illinois the win and an official 3-2 decision.

Alabama and Illinois will begin the championship round at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. central time) Sunday.

California had been the winner of the 54-hole stroke play portion of the tournament. Illinois had been the fifth seed going into match play. Following stroke play, the field was cut to eight teams to play match play for the championship.

The Crimson Tide of Coach Jay Seawell had moved into the semifinals with a 4-1 win over New Mexico to start match play competition.

In Alabama's matches Saturday:

Bobby Wyatt and Georgia Tech's Anders Albertson were even; Trey Mullinax had a 4&3 win over Shun Yat Hak; Cory Whitsett was a 3&2 winner over Ollie Schneiderjans; Justin Thomas was a 3&1 winner over Seth Reeves; and Scott Strohmeyer finished all square with Tech's Bo Andrews.

This will be Alabama's second consecutive year to play in the final round of the match play portion of the tournament. Last year the Tide lost by one stroke on the final hole to Texas.

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