Alabama golf has been excellent for many years under Crimson Tide men’s coach Jay Sewell and Bama women’s coach Mic Potter. And it appears the future has some upcoming stars.
For their play last week, Kristen Gillman of the Alabama women’s team and Josh Sedeno of the men’s squad were selected for the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week awards,
Gillman carded an 8-under par 208 (71-71-66) to win her first collegiate tournament at the Bryan National Collegiate March 31-April 1 in Brown’s Summit, N.C. and lead the Crimson Tide to its third tournament championship this season.
The Austin, Texas native’s 54-hole total is a new tournament record for the Bryan National and her final round 6-under par 66 is a new personal 18-hole low. The freshman is tied for the team lead with 14 rounds of par or better in 21 rounds played and has finished in the top 25 in all seven of Alabama’s tournaments this season, including four top-10 finishes.
Gillman and the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide will be in action at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic this weekend at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
Sedeno, a redshirt freshman, paced the Crimson Tide last weekend, as the Roseville, Calif., native collected his first top-five finish and best result of his young career with a second-place finish at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Sedeno, who was the No. 4 golfer in the UA lineup last weekend, carded a tournament total of 9-under par 204 on the strength of three consecutive rounds of 3-under par 68 – all career-best numbers. He shared the lead entering Sunday's final 18 holes and was vying for medalist honors throughout the day until a bogey on the 17th hole dropped him out of the lead. Sedeno would narrowly fall to Florida's Sam Horsfield (202), who earned SEC Golfer of the Week.
Sedeno did the majority of his damage on the par 5 holes, as he ranked third with an average of 4.42 (-7) during tournament action. Meanwhile, his 14 birdies throughout the event tied for fourth-most among all golfers.
Thanks in large part to his performance, Alabama, one of nine teams in the 14-team field ranked among the top 60 in the nation, carded a team total of 29-under par 823 (278-272-273) and finished one shot behind No. 6 Florida for the tournament title. The 54-hole score of 823 is seventh-best in program history, while the 29-under par ranks as the ninth-lowest total vs. par by an Alabama team. The Tide finished ahead of No. 3 Vanderbilt, No. 21 Duke and No. 26 Missouri among other teams.
The Crimson Tide will return to action on this weekend when it competes at the Clemson Invitational, which will be held in Salem, S.C.