Alabama golf – men’s and women’s – has been very, very good for a number of years. Midway through the spring season, both Crimson Tide teams are in first place in prestigious college tournaments.
The men’s team of Coach Jay Sewell had its second consecutive season-low round to move into the top position of the Mason Rudolph Championship in Nashville after 36 holes. The women’s team of Coach Mic Potter had to wait until Saturday to get started in the Bryan National Collegiate in Brown’s Summit, N.C., and played 36 holes on day one, and was three-under par with a five-shot lead.
Recapping the men’s performance, which finishes Sunday with Bama paired with Florida and Vanderbilt:
Alabama was 12-under par 272 during Saturday's second round, which followed Friday's 6-under 278, to move the Crimson Tide to the top of the leaderboard with a 36-hole total of 18-under par 550.
The Tide continue to be led by the play of redshirt freshman Josh Sedeno, who is in a tie for first overall after two rounds. The Roseville, Calif., native has carded back-to-back season-best rounds of 3-under par 68 – one of four Alabama golfers who carded a 68 on Saturday. Sedeno, who has recorded 10 birdies throughout the two days, will enter Sunday's third and final round tied for the lead with Florida's Sam Horsfield and Andy Zhang, at 6-under 136.
Junior Lee Hodges, who had a bogey-free round on Saturday, carded a score in the 60s for the sixth time in his last eight rounds with his 3-under par 68. The Ardmore, Tenn., native is just one stroke back of Sedeno in a tie for fourth overall with a two day total of 5-under par 137 (69-68). Hodges now has shot below par in 13 of his last 14 rounds played.
Sophomore Davis Riley gave the Tide three golfers among the top 15 after 36 holes, as he is in a tie for 12th overall with a 3-under par 138 (71-68) on the on the par 71, 7,100 Vanderbilt Legends Course South. Junior Jonathan Hardee collected his second straight round of 1-under 70 and is in a tie for 18th with a 2-under par 140.
Junior Steven Setterstrom was the fourth Crimson Tide golfer to collect a 68 on Saturday and rounds out UA in a tie for 29th with an even par 142 (74-68).
Alabama will carry a one stroke lead over sixth-ranked Florida (551) heading into Sunday's final 18 holes. Tournament host and third-ranked Vanderbilt (554) is third, while No. 21 Duke (560) and No. 26 Missouri (560) are tied for fourth overall.
Recapping the women’s performance, which finishes Sunday with Bama paired with Georgia and Baylor. A win on Sunday would give the Crimson Tide women three tournament championships and five top-two finishes in seven outings this season.
The Tide is playing the 6,386-yard, par-72 Bryan Park Champions Course in Brown’s Summit, N.C. The first two rounds of the tournament were played on Saturday after heavy rain on Friday forced postponement of the opening round to Saturday morning.
The Crimson Tide (291-282/573) leads second-place Georgia by five the Bulldogs’ 2-over par day (291-287/578). Baylor is third at 3-over par (289-290/579), North Carolina is fourth at 5-over par (286-295/581) and South Carolina is fifth at 6-over par (293-289/582).
Sophomore Lauren Stephenson leads the individual race after a 7-under par performance (69-68/137). The sophomore has now shot par or lower in 13 of 20 rounds played this season. Freshman Kristen Gillman (71-71/142) is tied for seventh at 2-under par. Junior Lakareber Abe (75-72/147) and senior Mia Landegren (76-71/147) are among six players tied for 23rd at 3-over par. Sophomore Cheyenne Knight (76-76/152) is tied for 45th at 8-over par.