2013 NCAA Championship Blog

Making Up Some Ground

May 18, 2013

11 a.m. CT

Led by Sutton, who is three-under par through 10 holes, UAB has trimmed a few strokes off of the 11-stroke deficit they faced coming into the round. Currenlty in 8th, the Blazers are +34 as a team and are nine-stokes behind South Alabama, who is in fifth. Coastal Carolina is at +26 and Tennessee is at +30. Sutton has made three birdies on the round so far and has yet to score a bogey. McDonald, through 12 holes, and Hawkins, through 10 holes, are both one-over par for the round. Dunne made the turn at one-over but has made back-to-back bogies on holes two and three to drop to three-over. Love had an up and down first nine, ending with a triple bogey. He is five-over through 10 holes.

Below are some highlights from round three of the Baton Rouge Regional.

Day 3

May 18, 2013

7:10 a.m. CT

UAB comes into the final day of the Baton Rouge Regional needing to make up 11-strokes on Coastal Carolina and LSU. The Blazers will need to get off to a good start and their starting holes will let them do that, holes 10-12 were among the easier holes in round two. But then things get tougher, holes 15, 18, and 13 were the toughest holes in round two, playing a half stroke over par, and the par-3 16th hole played the toughest on day one, 0.75 over par. If the Blazers can post good numbers on their opening nine, they should be able to make up some ground on the front nine. On the front, holes 2, 3, 6 and 8 were in the top-5 easiest holes in round two, playing less than 0.12 over par.

It's an earlier start for UAB on day three. The Blazers will agains start on the No. 10 tee. McDonald will tee off first at 7:30 a.m. followed by Dunne (7:40), Love (7:50), Sutton (8:00) and Hawkins (8:10).

11 Strokes Back

May 17, 2013

4 p.m. CT

UAB finished day three, 11-strokes behind Coastal Carolina and LSU who are tied for fifth. The top five after tomorrow's final 18 holes will advance to Nationals. Hawkins led UAB in round two with a one-under par round of 71. Other scores for the Blazers were Love +2, Sutton +5, Dunne +6 and McDonald +15.

Below are the post-round interviews with Hawkins and coach Kaufman.

Things Looking Good On The Back Nine!

May 17, 2013

1:30 p.m. CT

As a team, the Blazers continue to play better during the second round. Hawkins birdied the par-5 17th hole to get to one under par and made the turn at 35 (-1). He made par on his first three holes on the front nine. Love is through 14 holes on day two and sits at two-over par. He finished his front nine with back-to-back bogeys. He got one back on the par-5 third but dropped back to two-over on the day with a bogey on the fifth hole. Dunne is also through 14 holes and is at two-over par. He went out in two-over par 38 and has made par on his first five holes on the front nine. Sutton is five-over for the day through 14 holes. He has made nine pars and five bogies on the round. McDonald has struggled in the second round on the University Club course. He went out in 45 and is three-over through three holes on the front nine.

Early Round 2 Scores!

May 17, 2013

10:40 a.m. CT

The Blazers are off to better start in round two. Hawkins made par on the first hole then had an eagle putt on the par-5 11th. He missed the putt but tapped in for birdie to get to one under. Love's secondshot on the 11th landed on the green but bounced into the water and he made bogey but he has since made three pars a birdie to get back to even par through six holes. Sutton and McDonald are each at one-over par. Sutton began with three straight pars before a bogey on the 13th holes. McDonald bogeyed the 10th hole and came back with a par on the par-5 11th. Dunne has bogeyed the 10th and 13th holes and sits at two-over par. 

The Blazers have moved into a tie for 8th on the tournament at +21. Two teams are tied for 6th at +16 and Tennessee holds the final qualifying spot at +14.

UAB About To Start Round 2!

May 17, 2013

8:45 a.m. CT

The Blazers will again tee off of the No. 10 tee at the University Club in Baton Rouge. Love will be the first golfer on the tee for UAB, he will tee off at 8:50. He will be followed by Dunne (9:00), Sutton (9:10), Hawkins (9:20) and McDonald (9:30). UAB will be playing with Southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi State. 

It should be another beautiful day for golf, current forecast is partly to mostly sunny with temperatures warming rapidly into the low to middle 80s. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

The Blazers played their starting hole very well in the first round. Both Dunne and McDonald made a birdie three while Sutton, Love and Hawkins each made par. Overall, the 10th hole played the second easiest on the course in round one with an average relative to par at +0.07. The only hole that played easier was the par-5 sixth that played 0.11 strokes under par.

I will continue to post here throughout the day, so check back here later. Also follow @UABathletics on twitter for more updates. Go Blazers!

Blazers T-10th After Day 1

May 16, 2013

5:30 p.m. CT

All the scores are in for round one. Florida is in the early lead with a 286 (-2) first round score. Alabama and South Alabama are tied for second at 296. Tennessee and Houston are tied for fourth at 12-over par 300 to round out the top five. The top five after 54-holes will advance to Atlanta for Nationals. UAB is tied for 10th after the first round at 308. 

Here are the scores for UAB in round one:

McDonald: 38-36/74 (+2)

Hawkins: 39-38/77 (+5)

Sutton: 40-38/78 (+6)

Dunne: 39-40/79 (+7)

Love: 36-46/82 (+10)

Below are the post round interviews with head coach Alan Kaufman and junior McDonald.

Round One Coming To An End!

May 16, 2013

2 p.m. CT

Players are starting to finish up for UAB. At the turn Love was even, McDonald at +2, Dunne and Hawkins at +3 and Sutton at +4. UAB got off to a rough start on the back nine and currently sit at 18-over par as a team. Hawkins just concluded his round and is in the clubhouse with a five-over par 77.

Below are some highlights from today's opening round. 

And We're Off!

May 16, 2013

9:30 a.m. CT

The Blazers are underway at the 2013 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. Hunter Hawkins and Sam Love have already teed off and will be followed shortly by Thomas Sutton (9:30), Wilson McDonald (9:40) and Paul Dunne (9:50).

UAB is starting the tournament on the No. 10 tee. The 10th hole is par-4 that will play 444 yards. From the hole desciption, "One of the longest par 4's on the course requires an excellent tee shot to set up your second. With a bunker protecting the left side of the fairway and tall native area right; no errant tee shot will go unpunished. Distance control will come into play on the approach due to the fall off areas on either side of this green. Par is a great score to start off your back nine."

Weather will not be a factor this morning as highs are expected to reach low 80's. Winds will be in the 10-15 mph range.

Below is a short video of the Blazers warming up prior to the start of today's round.

I will post some more highlights near the midway point of today's round, so check back here later. Go Blazers!