Milton, GA (WIAT)-Day 2 of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship wrapped up today at the Capital City Club in Georgia.
The second-ranked Alabama men’s golf team shot 2-over-par 282 in the final round of stroke-play qualifying and is tied for third going in to match play.
The Tide will now face New Mexico, Texas A&M, UNLV or Arizona State in the quarterfinals of match play beginning at 11:15 a.m. on Friday.
“We have now entered the national championships tournament,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. “They battled really hard today. We got off to an average start at best, but the guys battled and made some birdies. We have accomplished one goal, which is to play in the championships (match play). We wish we would have played better, but we have a chance to play for the title.”
California will be the top seed after shooting 16-under-par 824 over 54 holes while host Georgia Tech was second at 10-under 830.
The No. 18 Auburn men’s golf team finished in 13th after shooting 5-under 275 on Thursday to finish at 6-over.
After finishing in a tie for 27th in the first round, the Tigers shot a 6-under in the final 36 holes to record the highest finish at the NCAA Championship since 2003.
“We made a great run there,” Auburn head coach Nick Clinard said. “We turned at 3-over and we finally got it going on the front side. For the whole week, we made a lot of birdies there and just didn’t close at the end. The first day just set us back shooting 12-over. You have to be proud of their toughness and resilience in coming back. We are one of the best teams here, but just didn’t make enough putts this week.”