May 15, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala --- The UAB men’s golf team will travel to Baton Rouge, La. this weekend for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Golf Regional hosted by LSU. The Blazers are the No. 10 seed in the Baton Rouge Regional that will be played at The University Club of Baton Rouge beginning Thursday, May 16.
UAB will begin play on the No. 10 tee at 9:10 a.m. CT with Wichita State and Southeastern Louisiana. The golfers will tee off every 10 minutes.
UAB, ranked No. 60 in the nation in the latest Golfstat.com head-to-head rankings, earned the No. 10 seed in the Baton Rouge Regional. UAB will be making its ninth appearance in a NCAA Regional in school history, eight of which have come under head coach Alan Kaufman.
The 13-team field in the regional will play 18 holes each day from Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May 18. The top five teams after the 54 holes will then advance to the NCAA Nationals.
The full field for the Baton Rouge Regional includes No. 2 Alabama, No. 10 Florida, No. 17 LSU, No. 23 Mississippi State, Houston, Northwestern, Tennessee, South Alabama, Coastal Carolina, UAB, Wichita State, Southeastern Louisiana and Houston Baptist.
Individuals competing in the regional are Jonathan Grey (Georgia State), Tomasz Anderson (Jacksonville State), Alex Ellis (College of Charleston), Kamito Hirai (Winthrop), Blake Morris (Ole Miss), Sam Bernstein (Yale), Josh Lorenzetti (College of Charleston), Josh Waters (LIU Brooklyn), Steve Burak (Fairfield) and Chris House (Navy).
In all, there are 81 teams placed among the six regionals, with the top five advancing from each to Nationals at the Capital City Club - Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga. The tournament will take place May 28 - June 2.
Below is a quick glance at each of the five UAB individuals who will make up the lineup for the 2013 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. All five UAB golfers participated in the 2012 NCAA Championship at the Riviera Country Club.
Paul Dunne | So. | Dublin, Ireland
Team-leading 74.0 per round stroke average this season ... has recorded six top-25 finishes and one top-10 finish in 11 tournaments in which he has competed ... carded a career-low mark for 18 (65) at the Warrior Wave Invitational ... also had best finish of his season at the same event, closing play in a tie for fifth place overall ... finished tied for 14th at Conference USA Championship.
Hunter Hawkins | Sr. | Fort Payne, Ala.
Averaged a 75.1 per round stroke average this year ... 74.4 stroke average in three seasons at UAB ... best career finish came at 2012 Bancorp South Intercollegiate (T-3rd) ... career-low round of 68 on two occasions (2011 Jerry Pate National and 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional) ... career-low 36-hole score of 139 at Bancorp South Intercollegiate ... tied for 18th at the Conference USA Championship.
Sam Love | Jr. | Trussville, Ala.
Maintains a 74.5 per round stroke average ... one of three UAB golfers to have competed in all 11 events on the year ... recorded four top-25 finishes on the season ... set a new career-best 18 holes score of 66 at the Schenkel Invitational ... recorded a round of 68 at the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional ... shot career-best 36-hole score of 139 on two occasions (2011 Invitational at the Ocean Course and 2012 Schenkel Invitational).
Wilson McDonald | Jr. | Mobile, Ala.
Averaging 74.6 strokes per round during the season ... competed in eight of the Blazers’ 11 tournaments on the season ... did not compete at 2012 Stanford Regionals but did play in the 2012 NCAA Championship ... carded a career-low round of 70 five times, including three times this season ... had three rounds of par or below on his way to a career-best 54-hole score of five-under par 211 at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship ... also had best finish of his career at the same event, closing play in a tie for second place individually.
Thomas Sutton | R-Jr. | Montgomery, Ala.
Second on team with a 74.1 per round stroke average ... led team at the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional with a career-low four-under par 206 to finish tied for 10th overall ... carded a career-best round of 65 in the opening round of the 2011 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate ... had a career-best tie for second-place finish at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship, finishing at five-under par ... has three top-10 and seven top-25 finishes on the season ... has carded 11 rounds at par or better this season ... has carded 10 rounds at 69 or better in his career, including three this season.
2012 Stanford Regional
The UAB men's golf team earned its fourth trip to NCAA Nationals after a third place finish at the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional with a team score of 10-under par 830 (278-274-278).
It was the first time since the 2008 season that UAB has earned a birth to the NCAA Nationals.
Jason Shufflebotham shot a four-under par 66 in the final round, which marked his lowest round of the spring season and the second-lowest score of his career. Shufflebotham caught fire midway through his final round, recording five birdies during a six-hole stretch. He finished the event tied for 22nd overall with a one-under par 209 (72-71-66).
Redshirt sophomore Thomas Sutton led the Blazers during the three-day event as he tied for 10th overall with a career-low 54-hole score of four-under par 206 (68-66-72).
Freshman Paul Dunne carded a career-low 54-hole score with his even-par 210 (69-69-72) on the par-70, 6,747-yard Stanford University Golf Course. Junior Hunter Hawkins closed play tied for 27th overall with a one-over par 211 (69-74-68), while sophomore Sam Love rounded out the Blazers with a 217 (73-68-76).
Top-seeded California, which entered the regional ranked No. 2 in the nation, won the Stanford Regional with a team score of 25-under par 815. San Diego State, ranked No. 14 nationally, finished second with an 821. Regional host Stanford, ranked No. 8 nationally, finished fourth at 832, while C-USA member UCF rounded out the top five with an 835.
2012 NCAA Nationals
The Blazers, making their first appearance in Nationals since 2008 and their fourth appearance in the championship in school history, finished play in 29th overall in the 30-team field with a final score of 902 (297-303-302).
The Blazers were led by sophomore Thomas Sutton, who carded the low round of the entire event by any UAB golfer with an even par 71 in the final round. Sutton recorded three birdies on the front nine, compared to only one bogey, to finish the event with an 11-over par 224 (79-74-71).
Freshman Paul Dunne matched Sutton with an 11-over 224 (75-74-75) on the par-71, 7,297-yard Riviera Country Club course.
Sophomore Sam Love closed play with a 227 (74-75-76), while sophomore Wilson McDonald carded a 231 (73-80-78) in his first postseason event for the Blazers. Junior Hunter Hawkins rounded out the UAB golfers with a 234 (75-80-79).
C-USA One Of Top Golf Conferences
Six Conference USA men’s golf teams have qualified for NCAA Regionals. The six bids are the second-most in league history, following a record seven last season.
Joining the Blazers in the Baton Rouge Regional is Conference USA Tournament Champion Houston. Memphis will head to the Pullman, Wash. Regional, UCF to Tempe, Ariz. while SMU and Tulsa will each head to the Fayetteville, Ark. Regional. Marshall’s Nathan Kerns received an individual bid and will play in the Columbus, Ohio Regional.
UAB Finishes Fourth At C-USA Championship
UAB finished in fourth place at the 2013 Conference USA Championship, which took place April 21-23 in Texarkana, Ark. The Blazers closed play at the championship with a team score of nine-over par 873 (296-286-291).
UAB had three players place in the top 20 individually, led by R-Jr. Thomas Sutton who carded a 54-hole total of even-par 216 to finish in a tie for eighth place. Paul Dunne concluded the tournament at 219 (+3) and Hunter Hawkins shot a score of 220 (+4) to finish in a T-14th and T-18th, respectively.
UAB has recorded three top-five tournament finishes in 11 events on the year, including a top-five finish in each of its last two tournaments.
Three Blazers Advance In U.S. Open Qualifying
UAB men’s golfer Thomas Sutton shot a five-under par 66 to finish in first place and advance in a local qualifier for the 2013 U.S. Open, which was held May 6 at Timberline Golf Club in Calera, Ala.
Wilson McDonaldfinished in third place in the qualifier with a two-under par 69 and Conner Pratt finished in fifth place to grab the final advancing spot in the qualifier with a one-under par 70.
The event at Timberline GC was one of many qualifying tournaments held at various locations across the country.
All three golfers have the goal of qualifying for the U.S. Open, to be played June 13-16 at the Marion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.