Scouting report for Texas-Alabama finale

Jordan Spieth of Texas during semifinals of Match Play at the 2012 NCAA Championship.

Jordan Spieth of Texas during semifinals of Match Play at the 2012 NCAA Championship.

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4Oklahoma State 69.72  10 
5California 69.81  11 

The NCAA Championship format change to match play was to create excitement and stir up more interest. I would say there is no doubt that has been accomplished in each of the last three years.

The new look to this event has opened the door for more programs to have a chance and for more people affiliated with those schools to follow and get excited about the road to winning a golf championship. But we have never seen what we are going to see in the final match on Sunday at Riviera Country Club: No. 1 vs. No. 2.

Top-ranked Alabama will square off against No. 2 Texas. The two have combined for 11 wins this season and have eight of the 10 players ranked inside the top 60 in college golf.

Here is a look at the match-ups and a little background on each player:

• • •

Championship Match

10:00 a.m.: Bobby Wyatt (Alabama) vs. Toni Hakula (Texas)

10:09 a.m.: Cory Whitsett (Alabama) vs. Dylan Frittelli (Texas)

10:18 a.m.: Scott Strohmeyer (Alabama) vs. Cody Gribble (Texas)

10:27 a.m.: Justin Thomas (Alabama) vs. Jordan Spieth (Texas)

10:36 a.m.: Hunter Hamrick (Alabama) vs. Julio Vegas (Texas)

• • •

ALABAMA

Cory Whitsett, sophomore

Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 13th

Stroke play results: 73-68-71—212 (T4)

Match play record: 2-0

Seawell on Whitsett: “Great natural talent, I think he has been since he was 10-years old. Probably understands match play better than any player on our team.”

Justin Thomas, freshman

Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 1st

Stroke play results: 70-70-73—213 (T7)

Match play record: 1-1

Seawell on Whitsett: “All-around great player. His biggest attribute is his intensity. He is the most comfortable in uncomfortable situations.”

Hunter Hamrick, senior

Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 47th

Stroke play results: 73-73-70—216 (T21)

Match play record: 1-0-1

Seawell on Hamrick: “Our captain. He is a warrior. He only weighs a 140 pounds, but he has a grit and determination inside of him that I think will take him a long way in this game.”

Bobby Wyatt, sophomore

Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 18th

Stroke play results: 71-77-73—221 (T54)

Match play record: 0-2

Seawell on Wyatt: “He has no fear, that’s why is once shot 57.”

Scott Strohmeyer, junior

Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 245th

Stroke play results: 71-76-75—222 (T61)

Match play record: 2-0

Seawell on Strohmeyer: “His strength is his desire to be good.”

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TEXAS

Dylan Frittelli, senior

Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 3rd

Stroke play results: 72-72-72—216 (T21)

Match play record: 1-1

Fields on Frittelli: “A very mature player, great driver of the golf ball and great ballstriker.”

Julio Vegas, junior

Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 17th

Stroke play results: 72-73-71—216 (T21)

Match play record: 2-0

Fields on Vegas: “Just continues to develop and what sticks out with Julio is his work ethic. He is here for a reason.”

Jordan Spieth, freshman

Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 2nd

Stroke play results: 73-79-69—221 (T54)

Match play record: 1-1

Fields on Spieth: “He has not been happy with the way he has been hitting the golf ball, but it doesn’t matter. He loves match play and he is looking forward to this match tomorrow, I promise you”

Cody Gribble, junior

Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 129th

Stroke play results: 73-79-72—224 (T77)

Match play record: 2-0

Fields on Gribble: “He is super competitive and enjoys this sort of moment, just a really fine player all the way around.”

Toni Hakula, sophomore

Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 65th

Stroke play results: 80-71-74—225 (T89)

Match play record: 2-0

Fields on Hakula: “A really solid player and has a lot of good attributes to his game. Has a knack to make a lot of birdies.”

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