Northeast: ’Bama wins; Clemson out
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Alabama made up five shots in the final round of the NCAA Northeast Regional to overtake Tennessee and win the program’s first regional title.
The Crimson Tide, No. 11 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, closed with a 2-over 286 at Galloway (N.J.) Golf Club, the lowest score by four shots on Day 3. Redshirt freshman Hunter Hamrick (pictured) made six birdies and shot 67 to win the individual title at 1-under 212. It was his first college victory. Tennessee’s David Holmes also had 67 and finished runner-up. Both scores equaled the course record.
Top-seeded Clemson didn’t fare as well. The Tigers, who started the final round in ninth position, never mounted a comeback and finished 18 shots out of fifth place. Clemson is the sixth-ranked team in the country and finished fifth at the national championship last year. Junior Kyle Stanley advanced to the national championship as an individual. He plans to turn pro after the season.
The top five teams advanced to the NCAA Championship May 26-30 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
Tennesse had finished second-to-last at the SEC Championship coming into the Northeast Regional.
Big Ten champion Illinois finished third, two shots ahead of No. 52 Virginia, the ninth seed. No. 28 Wake Forest, which won the Central Regional last year, got the last ticket to Inverness.