Seeding for the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional, which will be next week, is naturally based on national ranking. But somehow one has the feel that Alabama might be a little better than the fourth seed it received for next week’s tournament.
The Alabama team of Coach Jay Seawell is the No. 4 seed for the regional tournament, but the Crimson Tide may have an advantage in the tournament being played on its home course. The three-day, 54-hole Regional will be held at Ol’ Colony Golf Course on May 16-18. There is no admission charge for spectators.
It marks the Tide's 12th consecutive invitation to NCAA postseason competition and 25th appearance overall in the tournament.
The flip side of Bama perhaps having a home course advantage is thatAlabama has won three of the last four NCAA Regionals and four total in program history, three of them on the home courses of other Southeastern Conference teams. The Crimson Tide captured the 2009 NCAA Galloway (N.J.) Regional, the 2012 NCAA Athens (Ga.) Regional, the 2013 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, and the 2014 NCAA Auburn Regional.
The 13-team regional features five Southeastern Conference schools, highlighted by SEC champion and No. 1 seed Georgia, who enters the event ranked No. 3 in the country. Auburn, ranked No. 12 in the nation, is the No. 2 seed, following by No. 3 seed and 14th-ranked South Carolina. The rest of the field includes No. 5 UNLV, No. 6 Kentucky, No. 7 Kansas, No. 8 Charleston, No. 9 Lipscomb, No. 10 Charleston Southern, No. 11 Colorado, No. 12 Harvard and No. 14 Southern Illinois.
The top five teams from each of the six regional sites and the top individual finisher not on an advancing team will move on to the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship, which will be played in Eugene, Ore., on May 27-June 1. In all, the national championship will feature 30 teams and six individuals.