A nearly four-hour rain delay might be expected in the Seattle area, and that’s what the Alabama men’s golf team had to endure Tuesday. The play of the Crimson Tide has Bama on the cusp with 18 holes to play in the NCAA Washington Regional at Sammamish, Wash.
Alabama, ranked 26th in the nation and the No. 6 seed in the Washington Regional, is in fifth place after going from 2-under-par and third place following the first 18 holes to 12-over 580 (283-297) following the second 18.
The top five teams from each of six regional sites moves on to the NCAA National Championship Tournament which will be played at Rich Harvest Farms course in Sugar Grove, Ill., on May 26-31. Alabama is in fifth place, just one shot clear of host Washington, going to Wednesday’s final round.
The 14 teams in Washington were all forced to wait out Tuesday’s weather delay. The Crimson Tide is paired with Washington and Penn State in the final round.
Top-ranked USC leads the field at 5-under par 563, while first round leader and 24th-ranked Florida State is in second with a 2-under 566. The Trojans and Seminoles are the only teams below par. Kent State, ranked No. 12, is in third with a 1-over 569, while Penn State is in fourth at 578 – two strokes ahead of the Tide.
Regional host and No. 30 Washington (581) is in sixth, followed by No. 12 Texas A&M (583), No. 37 San Diego State (584), Michigan (590), and UTEP (591) to round out the top-10.
Junior Steven Setterstrom continues to set the pace for the Crimson Tide, as he comes into Wednesday’s third and final round in a tie for 13th with a 1-over par 143 (68-73). Junior Lee Hodges is in a tie for 16th, just one stroke back of Setterstrom with a two-day total of 2-over par 144 (71-73) on the par 71, 6,885-yard Aldarra Golf Course.
Sophomore Davis Riley carded back-to-back rounds of 73 and is in a tie for 27th at 4-over 146, while junior Jonathan Hardee is in a tie for 33rd with a 147 (71-76). Redshirt freshman Josh Sedeno rounds out the Tide golfers in a tie for 59th with a 155 (75-80).