"I'm very excited for our program and for the guys," said Alabama head men's golf coach Jay Seawell. "It's an honor that their hard work has propelled them to No. 1 in all the polls. When we came here, that's what we wanted to do, take this program to No. 1 in all the polls, and this week we reached that goal.
"But," he said, "we're only halfway there now. We still have another semester, and while it's exciting and wonderful to be ranked No. 1 in all the polls right now, the one that counts most comes at the end of next semester. But this is fun. It's a tribute to all the men who have played golf throughout the years in our program at Alabama because they are the ones who have built this program and helped lead it to where it is today."
In the GCAA/Bridgestone poll released today, Alabama is No. 1, moving up from No. 4. Florida is No. 2, followed by Oklahoma State, Georgia, UCLA, Clemson, Stanford, Coastal Carolina, Southern California and Tennessee joining the Tide in the Top 10.
Alabama has competed in four tournaments this fall and won the championships in three of those, winning a school record three consecutive titles and setting other school records along the way, including its 33-under par finish (a school 54-hold low record 819) which happened at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate on October 9-10.
The World Amateur Team Championships began with first round play Thursday in Stellenbosch, South Africa, where Alabama golfer Max Alverio is among the three-man team competing for Puerto Rico.
The junior from Humacao, Puerto Rico, shot 75 in Thursday's opening round. Alverio is among a tie for 63rd out of 207 in the individual standings. Puerto Rico is tied for 39th among the 70 teams competing for the Eisenhower Cup.
Canada, led by Richard Scott, an All-American and senior at the University of Georgia in 2006, shot a five-under-par 139 to build a two-stroke lead over Netherlands (141) to take the first round team lead.
The tournament includes 72 holes and is being played through Sunday at Stellenbosch Golf Club.