Milton, GA (WIAT)-The second-ranked Alabama men’s golf team defeated New Mexico 4-1 on Friday in the match play quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Golf Championship.
“We played really well today,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. “We looked really relaxed and I’m firmly convinced that last year’s experience helped a great deal. We looked very comfortable and played just really good golf today.”
Junior Bobby Wyatt led things off for the Crimson Tide in the opening match with a 2&1 win over UNM’s Victor Perez.
“Bobby really set the tone in that first match,” Seawell said. “We wanted to put him in that match because he is such a great leader. He has great energy and it was a great match, the tightest match of the day.”
Senior Scott Strohmeyer played the third match and defeated Benjamin Bauch 4&3.
Cory Whitsett ended his match with John Catlin even quicker with a 5&4 win.
“Strohmeyer was solid as a rock and how he was in control early and that gave us a lot of confidence,” Seawell said. “Whitsett just played phenomenal golf. He and seven birdies and I thought he looked really good.”
The Crimson Tide advance on to face second-seeded host Georgia Tech at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday for a spot in the NCAA Finals on Sunday at 9 a.m.
On the other side of the bracket, top-seed California defeated Arizona State to advance to the semifinals will face No. 5-seed Illinois.