Crimson Tide Top 5: Men’s Golf

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Since its inception in 1952, Alabama golf has been a staple of the Southeastern Conference, when Bobby Hill won the school’s first individual conference championship that year.

However, the program took off and reached new heights under the leadership of coach Jay Seawell, who has been in Tuscaloosa since 2002. Under him, the Crimson Tide won two national championships, four SEC championships, reached the regional championships of the NCAA for 16 consecutive years and has seen many players on the PGA and Korn Ferry Tour.

Even before Seawell’s arrival, Alabama helped train notable professionals like Steve Lowery, Marten Olander, David Kirkpatrick, and Dicky Pride.

5. Bobby Wyatt

Wyatt is the most recent winner of the 2014 Crimson Tide Individual SEC Championship. The Mobile, Ala., 2013 First Team All-SEC and Golfweek First Team All-American selection has played a pivotal role in the consecutive Alabama National Championships during of the 2013 and 2014 campaigns.

In his sophomore year, he led all scorers and helped the United States win the 2013 Walker Cup. In addition to his accolades with the Crimson Tide, Wyatt’s claim to fame is to shoot a World Championship record of 57. ‘State of the Boys of Alabama 2010.

4. Bud Cauley

Even before arriving in Alabama, Cauley was a household name in the junior golf scene, ranked No. 1 in the country. He lived up to the Capstone hype by being named Golfweek First-Team All-American and finalist for the Ben Hogan Award, awarded to the best varsity golfer, after all three seasons (2009-2011) he donned the crimson and the White .

In 2009, he was named SEC Freshman of the Year. Cauley was also selected for the 10-man US Walker Cup squad that year. In total, he won three tournaments as a member of the Crimson Tide.

Cauley also won All-SEC first-team honors in each of his three seasons before turning pro in 2011.

3. Michael Thompson

Thompson only spent a year at Tuscaloosa and he made the most of it.

After being transferred from Tulane due to the disbandment of his men’s golf program by Green Wave due to Hurricane Katrina, Thompson enjoyed one of the most decorated seasons we have ever seen so far. time in Alabama.

His 2008 individual SEC championship was only the second in program history and the first since 1952 at the time. Thompson was also named the league’s player of the year and was a member of America’s first all-star team that season, while also leading the Crimson Tide to the SEC tag team title in 2008.

2. Justin Thomas

Alabama was already a stellar program before he arrived, but Thomas helped elevate the Crimson Tide to elite status.

In the first of his two seasons at the college level, Thomas won the Haskins Award, awarded to the nation’s top freshman, the Nicklaus Award winner, which honors National Player of the Year and Player and Student freshman of the SEC.

He also won the school’s third individual SEC crown in 2012.

As a two-time All-SEC first-team winner, Thomas helped Alabama win their first-ever national championship in 2013 before turning pro. He won a total of six events while being a member of the Crimson Tide.

1. Jerry Pate

Although he never won an SEC title, Alabama’s success and reputation as a program might not be what it is without Pate’s contributions. As a team captain, he helped the Crimson Tide win offers for the NCAA tournament in three consecutive seasons from 1973 to 1975, which were the first in school history.

He was selected to the All-SEC First Team in 1973 and 1974, while also being a member of the All-SEC Second Team in 1975. Pate was also the first All-American in Alabama history during his last year before turning pro.

After a successful professional career that saw Pate win the 1976 US Open, achieve eight PGA Tour victories and become a member of the 1981 United States Ryder Cup team, he designed the Ol ‘Colony Golf Course, which is home to the Crimson Tide. and where the men’s and women’s programs train.

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