With Cal, Alabama and Texas drew the bulk of the attention in the college golf world this season, but it was upstart Illinois that nearly stole the show, proving that the Illini's program is alive and well.
Senior Scott Strohmeyer struggled early in his Alabama career with attitude and coachability, but his commitment to maturing allowed himself and another relative unknown in Trey Mullinax play a huge part in the Tide winning it all on Sunday.
Alabama got sweet redemption in winning its first-ever National Championship with a 4-1 victory over Illinois at The Capital City Club's Crabapple course. Last year, the Crimson Tide lost to Texas in a heartbreaker.
Alabama has its redemption. Y year after a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA Championship, the Tide secured a 4-1 win over Illinois on Sunday at the Capital City Club to win the school's first national championship. See how it all unfolded.
Alabama defeated Georgia Tech Saturday to advance to its second straight NCAA Championship final. Not only will the Crimson Tide get another shot at the school's first national title, but they will also no longer have to answer questions about last year's championship-match loss to Texas.
It was 2012 NCAA medalist, Illinois' Thomas Pieters, against 2013 medalist, California's Max Homa, in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship, where Pieters came out the victor in 20 holes at The Capital City Club's Crabapple course.
Cal vs. Illinois. Georgia Tech vs. Alabama. It doesn't get much better than that in college golf, as the final four teams battle for a spot in Sunday's NCAA finale. Stay up-to-date all day with our Tracker!
If Friday was any indication, the excitement at the Capital City Club's Crabapple course will only intensify as Cal, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Alabama take the course on Saturday for the NCAA semifinals.
Nearly left out of the lineup on numerous occasions, Mike Small's continued commitment to Alex Burge paid off after the Illinois' sophomore beat Texas' Cody Gribble to secure the clinching point in Friday's NCAA quarterfinals.
California's Max Homa claimed the NCAA individual championship with a bogey-free 4-under 66 in the final round at The Capital City Club's Crabapple course. He is the first Golden Bear to win the individual title.