It was not a par-busting day Monday in the opening round of the Sammamish, Wash., NCAA Men’s Regional Golf Tournament. The Alabama men’s golf team of Coach Jay Seawell was one of only three teams in the 15-team field to break par after 18 holes of the 54-hole competition as the Tide carded a 1-under par 283 for third place after Monday’s opening round.
Florida State, ranked 24th in the nation, was the leader after day one with a 6-under-par 278. No. 1 ranked Southern Cal was second at -3, 280.
In Tuesday’s second round, Bama is paired with host Washington and tournament leader Florida State.
Alabama, the Regionals’ No. 6 seed, was led by junior Steven Setterstrom, who finished the day in a tie for third after carding a 3-under par 68 on the par 71, 6,885-yard Aldarra Golf Course. The Mobile, Ala., native, who was playing from the team’s No. 5 slot, recorded three birdies, an eagle and two bogeys on the way to his second-best 18-hole score of the year. Setterstrom is four strokes back of clubhouse leader Sean Crocker of USC, who ended with a 7-under 64, while Florida State’s Josh Lee (67) is alone in second.
Juniors Lee Hodges and Jonathan Hardee both carded rounds of even par 71 to end the day in a tie for 14th, while sophomore Davis Riley fought off a double bogey on the opening hole to end the day in a tie for 27th with a 2-over par 73. Redshirt freshman Josh Sedeno rounded out the Tide in a tie for 45th with a 4-over 75.
Kent State, ranked No. 12, and 13th-ranked Texas A&M are tied for fourth in the team standings with both teams at 3-over par 287. Rounding out the top 10 are No. 37 San Diego State (290), No. 49 Penn State (290), Marquette (291), Michigan (292) and No. 30 Washington (295).
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 at Rich Harvest Farms course in Sugar Grove, Ill., on May 26-31.