On Sunday, June 2, the University of Alabama won the school’s first National Title in golf, beating Illinois in the tournament final 4 to 1. The event was held at the Capital City Club’s Crab apple Course in Atlanta, Georgia, where upstart Illinois failed to capture its own first title ever.
Golf Week reports that Bobby Wyatt, the third-ranked college player in the country, had five birdies on his first seven holes. Only one Alabama player lost his individual match up.
The win marks a major comeback for the school, which had made it to the final at last year’s tournament only to lose to Texas, and shows that they’re good at more than just football.
“I came here (Alabama) for a reason,” Alabama team member Justin Thomas, who won the Hawkins Award for the best college golfer, said to the Golf Channel. “And that was the reason I came here for and it’s unbelievable to get it done.”
Illinois’ appearance in the final was something of a surprise. They faced California, the top-ranked school in the country and the favorites to win the whole tournament, in the semifinals and edged out a victory. But Wyatt and Alabama were simply too dominant. Alabama faced Georgia Tech in their semi.
It remains to be seen whether this is the start of a dynasty at Alabama or if they’ll only be one hit wonders. Wyatt is only a junior, meaning he has one more year left of eligibility, but he could turn pro if he wanted to.
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