STOCKTON, Calif. – Senior Jonathan Hardee and freshman Wilson Furr finished among the top five individuals to lead the seventh-ranked Alabama men’s golf team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Stockton Regional on Wednesday, securing a spot in next week’s NCAA National Championship.
Alabama closed play with a three-day, 54-hole total of 15-under par 849 (282-280-287) to seal its 20th appearance at nationals and 11th in 16 seasons under head coach Jay Seawell.
“Making the national championship is a big deal,” Seawell said. “The guys were good throughout the week and it was a different guy each day. I am really proud of how they battled, especially on the back nine again today under the highest pressure you can have. You can’t practice or prepare for that type of pressure when you are trying to qualify. I am proud of how they responded. We are looking forward to getting back home then heading to Stillwater (site of this year’s national championship) for a chance to do something special.”
Furr led all individuals in the field with 16 total birdies on his way to finishing tied for third overall with a 9-under 207. Hardee tied for fifth overall with a 54-hole total of 8-under 208 – all season-best marks.
Davis Riley tied for 37th with a 1-over 217 (72-70-75), while freshman Davis Shore finished tied for 43rd after carding a 218 (69-74-75) on the par 72, 7,239-yard Reserve at Spanos Park layout. Lee Hodges rounded out the Tide in 61st position with a 223 (75-73-75).
Kansas, which entered the event ranked 43rd in the nation, won the regional with a 20-under par 844, finishing one stroke ahead of No. 18 Stanford (845). Iowa State was third, while No. 30 Oregon was the fifth qualifying team.
Thirty teams, five from each of the six regional sites, will now converge at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., for the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, which will be played May 25-30.