Player Diary: Alabama's Justin Thomas (Part 10)
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Hope everybody is doing well! It’s the end of the regular season believe it or not, and I can’t believe how fast it went by.
It was a great finish to our regular season, as we went to College Station, Texas, for Texas A&M’s tournament. With them being apart of the SEC now, it was cool to travel there to play in their tournament; it had a great field. Also, we had a little revenge to get on A&M from football when they came into Tuscaloosa and beat us… haha.
Saturday was a 36-hole day and we played with host Texas A&M and UCLA. It was very windy and we played a great golf course in Traditions; the team played very well. The first round had rounds of 67 by both Bobby Wyatt and Scott Strohmeyer, and a 69 by Cory Whitsett. I was the fourth counting score with a 75. The afternoon was more of the same as everybody continued the solid play. Whisett shot another 69, Stropmeyer and myself shot 71, and Wyatt rounded out the day for an even par 72. We played so solid all day in the tough wind and built a good lead. Although we had a lead, we knew playing on a tough course with good teams that lead meant nothing, and we were trying to win the day.
We played solid again, shooting 3 under for the day; Whitsett and Wyatt shot 70, Strohmeyer shot even par, and I shot 73. We went on to shoot 18 under for the tournament and won by 18. Congratulations again to my man Cory Whitsett on another W. Really excited and pumped for him with his stellar play recently. He was able to beat teammates Wyatt and Strohmeyer, or Strobe as we call him, finishing second and third, respectively. It was a great week for all three of them; it is awesome sweeping the top 3.
As for myself, I played really solid most all week, just had about the worst putting week of my life. I scrambled really well when missing the green, but hit it very well and gave myself a lot of birdie chances. Unfortunately, I could not make many, if any, of those putts. It was good to know I could putt so poorly and finish T-18 like I did. Not the week I wanted by any means, but that’s why I love my team; they have my back.
I also want to thank a few Alabama fans that were out there watching, especially die-hard ‘Bama fan Hunter Johnson, driving from Dallas to come support us for the week. We love the support.
I am very pleased with how everybody is playing, and am very excited for the postseason. We have our conference tournament in two weeks, at Seaside in Sea Island, Ga. We have a team trip to Kiva Dunes next week to go have some fun and play golf to prepare for the SEC’s.
Thanks everybody for reading, and ROLL TIDE!