Milton, GA (Sports Network) - Alabama won the NCAA Men's Golf Championship on
Sunday with a convincing 4-1 win over Illinois.
It is the first-ever men's golf title for the Crimson Tide, who fell to Texas,
3-2, in last year's match-play finals.
"I'm really satisfied for these guys," said Alabama coach Jay Seawell. "You
recruit them and I've known every one of these guys since they were 15 years
Bobby Wyatt kickstarted the impressive effort with a 6 & 5 rout of Thomas
Detry in the first match at Capital City Club's Crabapple Course. Wyatt won
the first seven holes of that showdown, but the next three matches proved more
challenging for Alabama.
Trey Mullinax needed 18 holes to secure his 1-up victory over Charlie
Danielson, 2-putting from inside 60 feet for par and the win at the last,
while Scott Strohmeyer edged Brian Campbell, 3 & 2 with a 3-foot par make at
Illinois, which was also seeking its first national title, earned its lone
point when 2012 individual champion Thomas Pieters defeated Alabama's top-
ranked golfer, Justin Thomas, 1-up.
The final match wasn't as close, however, as Cory Whitsett cruised to a 4 & 3
win over Alex Burge.
"I'm really satisfied for them," continued Seawell. "Last year was pretty hard
-- just gut-wrenching. And for the way they handled the entire year,
especially in the spring when they just kept saying, 'We want to do this, we
want to do this,' really just makes this so satisfying."
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