Alabama will face an uphill battle during Saturday’s final 18 holes in order to finish among the top-five teams from the regional who will advance to nationals. SMU, ranked 24th in the nation, is the only team below par after 36 holes and leads the 14-team field with a team total of 3-under par 573. The Mustangs lead No. 48 Colorado (577) by four strokes and No. 1 Illinois (579) by six strokes with 18 holes left to play. Seventeenth-ranked UCLA (582) is in fourth, while No. 33 UNLV (585) rounds out the top five.
Freshman Jonathan Hardee is leading the Crimson Tide after recording the team’s first below-par round of the event with his 2-under par 70 on Friday. He comes into Saturday’s final 18 holes in a tie for 10th position with 5-over par 145 (75-70). Sophomore Dru Love is in a tie for 38th position with a 151 (76-75), while junior Tom Lovelady (74-79) and sophomore Robby Shelton (74-79) are tied for 49th overall at 153. Sophomore Robby Prater rounds out the Tide individuals in 57th position overall with a 156 (82-74).
The top five finishers at the NCAA Noblesville Regional will advance to the 2015 NCAA Championships, which will be held at the Concession Golf Club on May 29-June 3 in Bradenton, Fla
All tee times for Saturday’s final round have been moved up 30 minutes due to the threat of inclement weather. The Crimson Tide will tee off on Hole No. 10 at 7 a.m. CT and will be paired with Marquette and Georgia Southern. Live scoring can be found on Golfstat.com.