Well, the 2012 NCAA Championship dream has ended for the UAB men's golf team. The Blazers closed play in 29th place overall with a 54-hole total of 902.
Even though the UAB golfers fell short of its ultimate goal, there is no reason for anyone on this team to hang their head. What a year it has been - especially when you consider coming into the year, the Blazers were ranked around the 150 mark in the nation. To finish as the 29th-best team in the country is an outstanding achievement and one they should be proud of.
That is even more true when you consider this year's team had only two seniors - neither of which saw action at the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship this week. There is no question the future is certainly bright for this program.
We are heading back to Birmingham first thing Friday morning. Our flight departs at 8:30 a.m. PT and we are scheduled to land at 5:30 p.m. CT. I am anxious to get back, as I know the rest of the guys are, but this has been a wonderful experience for all involved.
Before I sign off, I would like to give my own personal thanks to head coach Alan Kaufman, assistant coach Alan Murray and the entire men's golf team for this exciting ride. What a great group of guys and all Blazer fans should know that this group are all excellent representatives of the UAB athletics program! They have treated me like I am part of the team ever since I first travelled with them to Palo Alto, Calif. and it is much appreciated! I know I couldn't be prouder to call them all Blazers!
I have had a lot of fun writing this blog and giving you out there in "Blazer Nation" a little bit of insight throughout the NCAA Stanford Regional all the way to the NCAA Championships. I hope you all have enjoyed viewing it as much as I have enjoyed producing it.
This whole experience has been tremendous...Everything from meeting all the parents and seeing what great support the guys have to getting to know these guys on a personal level. Honestly, I am a little sad to see it close, but you know what they say...all good things must come to an end!
Below is a wrap up interview with coach Kaufman and Thomas Sutton - who might I add carded the lowest round by any Blazer throughout this week's event with an even par 71 on Thursday.
Take care everyone and hopefully I will be back doing this at Nationals again next year! Until then...GO BLAZERS!
UAB Third Round Highlights May 31, 2012 11:53 a.m. PT
UAB had an early start this morning on the golf course. Hunter Hawkins was the first Blazer to tee off at 7:50 a.m. PT from the 315-yard par 4 10th hole. Once again, this hole proved to be a tough one for the Blazers. Wilson McDonald had a triple bogey, while Hawkins, Thomas Sutton, Sam Love and Paul Dunne each bogeyed the hole.
Midway through the third round, the Blazers are 11-over par. Hawkins and Sutton are leading the team, both shooting 2-over par.
Currently, only one Blazer has shot a birdie - Wilson McDonald. in fact, has two birdies on the day (holes 14 and 17). The birdie on 14 is on the highlights in the below video.
This course is definitely a difficult one. It's no wonder that no team is shooting under par.
The Blazers will be winding down tournament play in the next couple of hours. One thing is for certain...this will definitely be great experience for this young team. There is only one junior, along with three sophomores and a freshman out here playing against some of the top teams and best golfers in the country. It is exciting for them to gain this valuable experience.
Round Three About To Start - Breathtaking Houses May 31, 2012 7:43 a.m. PT
Today is likely the final day for UAB in the 2012 Men's Golf Championships. The team had a good mindset today at breakfast. The motto: "Go low." All the guys are concentrating on putting up low numbers this morning in what should be very favorable conditions.
Just for your entertainment, I did a short video on some of the beautiful houses that surround the Riviera Country Club course. This video probably does not do them justice, but I figured you may enjoy seeing some of the breathtaking mansions that line the course.
We are getting ready to tee off in about five minutes, so hopefully I'll bring you a lot of highlights throughout the day.
Winding Down Day Two May 30, 2012 8:16 p.m. PT
The Blazers had a disappointing second round of play at the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championships on Wednesday afternoon. UAB finished the round with a 19-over par 303 at the Riviera Country Club course. This puts the Blazers in 26th place overall before entering Thursday's final round of the tournament.
Paul Dunne and Thomas Sutton both shot a 74 today and helped lead the Blazers to a two day total of 600 (297-303).
Hole 10 proved to be tough today, as Dunne and Sam Love double bogeyed and Thomas Sutton had a bogey on the hole. All together, the counting players combined to go five-over par on the infamous 315-yard par 4 hole.
The temperature cooled off and the winds picked up as the afternoon went on. Combine that with the way the greens really slowed down, it proved too much for the Blazers to overcome. This is one tough golf course!!
The Blazers still have one more day to play at this beautiful course. We will go back to an early start tomorrow morning. With little time to rest, it will definitely be a disadvantage. But you can believe that this group of guys will play their hearts out.
Video highlights from Dunne and Coach Kaufman can be seen below.
Until tomorrow morning, Go Blazers!
Highlights From Early In The Second Round May 30, 2012 4:49 p.m. PT
The Blazers are now halfway through the second round of day two. As a team, UAB is currently tied for 18th place at the moment, shooting 6-over par as a team today.
We have already seen some nice shots from the team, including a near hole-in-one from Thomas Sutton on the 199-yard par 3 6th hole. I have included a video of the shot below (third clip).
Sutton, along with Paul Dunne, are leading the Blazers today. The duo are currently both sitting at even par so far through nine holes.
The weather is not playing a factor as we thought it may. There is only a slight breeze and you couldn't ask for better conditions. The hole locations are very difficult and causing more problems than anticipated.
Our guys are really fighting out there and trying their best. Supposedly, the back nine holes (holes 10-18) are a little easier than the front nine. Hopefully that will be an advantage for our players.
I guess we will hope for the best and see what happens!
Day Two Is Upon Us May 30, 2012 1:21 p.m. PT
Today marks the second day of the 2012 NCAA Championships and the UAB men's golf team is ready and raring to get things cranked up. The players were able to catch up on some rest and are hopefully ready for an exciting day of golf.
I was able to catch up with Junior Hunter Hawkins before he left for the Riviera Golf Course this afternoon. I got his thoughts on how he was feeling coming into round number two and as you can tell in the video below, he is excited to get things going.
It is another beautiful day at the Riviera Country Club. Sunny and in the mid 70s, but there is a fairly strong breeze that I have a feeling will pick up throughout the afternoon. Pin placements are going to be very tough from what I am hearing.
The Blazers tee off at 1:30 PT. I plan to get some highlights throughout the opening nine holes.
Until then, GO BLAZERS!
Blazers In 20th After Day One May 29, 2012 9:52 p.m. PT
The first round is completely finished and the Blazers are in decent shape, despite having their fair share of struggles on Tuesday. With an opening round score of 13-over par 297, UAB is only seven strokes back of sixth place (currently a five-way tie at 290).
That makes Wednesday's second round a crucial one as the Green & Gold will need to bring its best to the links. According to UAB head coach Alan Kaufman, it is important the Blazers are among the top 15 teams heading into the third round of play. The top 15 teams will play in the afternoon wave on Thursday, which will ensure the team gets a good night of rest before the crucial third round.
However, the teams playing in the afternoon will also face a little tougher challenge. The course is located within a few miles of the Pacific Ocean and the later it gets, the more the winds pick up with the ocean breeze coming in. Additionally, the afternoon teams on Tuesday found the greens were a little more difficult with having to deal with the certain type of grass on the course, along with the spike marks, ball marks and other things it picks up throughout a normal round of golf.
Here is what UAB, along with the 30 other teams, are competing for!
I have included a picture of what all the teams are playing for - the NCAA Division I Men's Golf trophy, which is proudly on display in the media room. It's exciting that the Blazers are one of just 30 teams to still have a chance to lift the trophy at the end of the weekend.
The team had an excellent dinner at a seafood restaurant in Malibu tonight, which is just a 20 minute drive from where we are staying. The restaurant overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the food was outstanding. By the time we made it back to the hotel, everyone was ready to hit the sack and get a good night's rest.
Also, the Blazers support group grew by one more person as UAB Director of Athletics Brian Mackin interrupted his busy schedule to support the men's golf team on Wednesday. It's great he was able to make it out and cheer the Blazers on during the second round. He flew in late Tuesday night, is having breakfast with a former UAB men's basketball player Scott Simcik (a member of Gene Bartow's second team at UAB), and will be out on the course in the afternoon.
Other UAB supporters include both Sam Love and Hunter Hawkins parents', Thomas Sutton's father, as well as my wife, Leah and coach Kaufman's wife, Pug. All in all, UAB has a nice turnout considering the event is being played so far away from home.
We are going to hit the sack tonight and let's hope for an exciting day of UAB golf on Wednesday!
First Day Comes To An End May 29, 2012 2:52 p.m. PT
The UAB men's golf team has concluded its opening round of play at the 2012 NCAA Mens' Golf Championships.
The Blazers are not in bad shape, but certainly left some strokes on the course. The five UAB golfers combined for two triple bogeys and three double bogeys. Wilson McDonald, who recorded two of the team's three double bogeys on the day, led the Blazers with a two-over par 73. Sam Love, who was tied for the lead thru 11 holes at three-under, had a triple bogey on his 11th hole (No. 2) and finished five-over on his last eight holes of the day to finish with a 74.
Despite the hiccups, all is not lost for the Blazers; however, it will take a better performance on both Wednesday and Thursday for them to have a chance at the top eight.
It was amazing to see the wind pick up during the day. At the start, there was barely a breath of wind on the course. By the time the Blazers ended their day, winds were gusting at 15-20 mph. That's why I was saying all is not lost, because the other 15 teams just teed off a short time ago and, despite being the top 15 seeds in the event, they are going to have a tough time keeping the ball in the fairways. All is not lost Blazer fans!
Below is a wrap up interview with UAB head coach Alan Kaufman and sophomore Wilson McDonald, as well as a couple of highlights.
The Blazers will tee off Wedneday's round at 1:30 p.m. of hole No. 1 .
Until then, GO BLAZERS!
Midway Through Round One May 29, 2012 12:32 p.m. PT
Midway through the first round, the Blazers are tied for 11th place. The team is sitting at 10 over par through 12 holes. Leading the Blazers is Hunter Hawkins who is tied for 17th at 1 over par.
The breeze is starting to pick up a little, which is wreaking a little havoc with the teams currently on the course. Florida is the leaders at the moment at four-over par, with the Blazers currently at 10-over. The team is winding down its opening round, so I will post some video interviews and hopefully we will have a strong finish.
Below is some video highlights of the first 10 holes along with some more scenic shots.
And We're Off! May 29, 2012 9:25 a.m. PT
UAB's 2012 NCAA Championship is now underway. The Blazers teed off from the 10th hole, which is a 315-yard par 4 - one of the few good birdie holes on this extremely difficult course.
The weather will not be a factor today, with temperatures in the upper 60s and a slight breeze. Skies are clear and there is no humidity.
Below I have video of our Blazers teeing off to start Tuesday's first round, along with highlights of this immaculate course.
As a reminder, fans who want to follow along can CLICK HERE.
I will be back shortly with hopefully a bunch of highlights of our guys on the course! Go Blazers!!
Blazers Ready To Take On Riviera May 28, 2012 8:37 p.m. PT
Here we are the night before the NCAA National Championship begins. The Blazers will have an 8:10 a.m. PT tee time and will be paired up with TCU and Memphis
The entire tournament field was able to practice on the Riviera Country Club course during the day Monday and, by all accounts, the course is one of the best anyone has ever played in terms of its beauty, as well as its challenges. As you can tell in the video below, Alan Kaufman, Hunter Hawkins and Paul Dunne all say it is such a pleasure to be able to play at such a renowned golf course.
One thing is for certain, weather will not be a factor whatsoever. The forecast has called for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s throughout the week. The Blazers will be teeing off on hole No. 10 on Tuesday. UAB's lineup is as follows (tee times in parentheses): Wilson McDonald (8:10 a.m.), Sam Love (8:20 a.m.), Hunter Hawkins (8:30 a.m.), Paul Dunne (8:30 a.m.), Thomas Sutton (8:50 a.m.).
If you want to follow along with live stats, you can CLICK HERE. And of course, I will post highlights throughout the day on the blog site.
On Monday night, all the teams went to a welcome banquet, which was hosted at the Riviera Country Club. The featured speaker was 1976, 1977 NCAA and 1998 U.S. Open Champion Scott Simpson, while actor/comedian Bill Murray also talked to the student-athletes and coaches. I'm sure it was a night to remember for everyone!
As I type this, the guys are settling in for the evening and getting ready to dream of their shot at winning a national championship.
Until next time, Go Blazers!
In L.A. And Ready To Play May 26, 2012 9:19 p.m. PT
We have all made it safely in Santa Monica, Calif. The team arrived on Saturday afternoon and tried to get acclimated to the Pacific Time Zone for the second time in three weeks. All 30 teams who reached the NCAA Championship are staying at the beautiful Santa Monica Loews Hotel, which is located just down the road from the famous Santa Monica Pier. If you want to take a glimpse of this hotel, which overlooks Santa Monica Beach and the Pacific Ocean, click here.
The only unfortunate part of coming out a day early was that the teams could not check into this hotel until Sunday. Therefore, the Blazers had to stay Saturday night in another hotel, before checking into the SM Loews Hotel on Sunday morning.
The famous Santa Monica Pier is just a few hundred yards from UAB's hotel.
However, one of the fortunate things of coming out a day early was that the Blazers were able to play the prestigious L.A. Country Club on Sunday, which is one of the top courses in this area from what I understand. Definitely a terrific opportunity for this young team!
After coming back to the hotel, the team went out to a nice dinner and walked around the area a little before returning to the rooms. This place is unbelievable...a melting pot of people from all walks of life! Street performers, painters, a man offering to take your picture with his 8-foot python, yoga experts on Muscle Beach and on and on. As a matter of fact, there was a guy dressed up as captain Jack Sparrow (from the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean") with three of the most beautiful parrots you will see. He drew quite a crowd as he was allowing people to take pictures holding his birds. One thing if for sure, things here in Santa Monica are certainly not dull!
On Monday, things start to get a little more serious. The Blazers will play their practice round at the NCAA Championship Course - the par 71, 7,292-yard Riviera Country Club, which is something that all the guys are looking forward to doing. Not just to get things cranked up for the NCAA Championships, but to have the opportunity to play on a course where so many PGA stars have played in year's past. None of the UAB golfers have played this course, but they have all seen it on TV and are excited to get out there and see what challenges lie ahead.
On a side note, all of us were so excited to hear about what the UAB baseball team accomplished with its run to the Conference USA Tournament championship. The baseball team has definitely given the golf team a boost of confidence and motivation, just by seeing what can happen when a team comes together. Congratulations to all the baseball players, coaches and staff from the UAB men's golf team!
As a reminder, the NCAA Championship officially begins on Tuesday, May 29. The Blazer will tee off at 8:10 a.m. PT and will play alongside TCU and Memphis.
I hope to post some video of a few of the guys following their practice round in order to give our fans an idea of what they think of the course.
NCAA Nationals Here We Come -- Wilson McDonald Ready For Opportunity May 25, 2012 2:28 p.m. CT
The last time I made a blog entry was when the team had just earned third place at the Stanford Regional to claim a spot at the 2012 NCAA Championships. What a week that was and here's hoping the week will be just as exciting, if not more!
The Blazers will depart Birmingham on Saturday morning to make the cross-country trek to Los Angeles, Calif. to compete at Nationals, which is being held at the Riviera Country Club. The team has been working hard and focused on next week's national championship. You can check out what head coach Alan Kaufman and sophomore Sam Love had to say about Nationals by CLICKING HERE.
The trip is even more exciting for UAB sophomore Wilson McDonald, who will make his postseason debut for the Green & Gold at the event. McDonald will be taking the place of UAB senior golfer Jason Shufflebotham, who will not compete at the NCAA National Championships due to a prior commitment. Shufflebotham will be competing at the 2012 Welsh Open - a European Tour event - as one of only three amateur invites.
I will be travelling to Los Angeles on Sunday, so I hope to make another blog entry on Monday during the team's practice round at Riviera Country Club. The Blazers will tee off on Tuesday morning at 8:10 a.m. PT and will be paired with TCU and Memphis.
Here's to an exciting week of golf in California!
On To Nationals May 19, 2012 3:55 p.m. PT
The goal has been accomplished. The UAB men's golf team will be moving onto NCAA Nationals!! What an accomplishment for this team. The players and coaches have done an outstanding job throughout the season.
This will be a short, final blog entry for this Regional. I will continue the blog at Nationals, which will take place on May 29-June 3 at Pacific Palisades, Calif., which is located on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Below is a post-regional wrap-up interview with coach Alan Kaufman and Jason Shufflebotham.
Sorry this is short...the team is leaving in five minutes to head to San Francisco to take in some site-seeing. I think we are going to eat Chinese food in China Town and enjoy a little bit of the city before heading back East. I am hoping to put up some highlights from that, but I'm not sure if I will have enough time.
If not, I hope you all really enjoyed this blog. I know I had a great time doing it and had a fantastic time out here at Stanford. My thanks to all the tireless workers, SIDs and all the Stanford people for an excellent experience. We will be back in Birmingham Sunday night.
Until next time, GO BLAZERS!!!!
Wrapping Up The Stanford Regional May 19, 2012 1:04 p.m. PT
The 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional is winding down and I am surrounding by a bunch of happy UAB golfers! The Blazers are poised to make their fourth trip to NCAA Regionals in program history and it certainly has been an impressive showing.
Senior Jason Shufflebotham made quite an exit as a collegiate golf player. He carded a four-under par 66 and has been a HUGE reason for the stellar season the UAB men's golf team has had. Below is an interview with "Shuff" following his final round.
I am going to finish watching our final 2-3 guys come up the 18th fairway. I am planning on posting one more video to show the excitement surrounding this group of guys.
All Signs Pointing To Nationals! May 19, 2012 10:37 a.m. PT
As I type this blog entry, our Blazers are in GREAT shape to make the program's fourth-ever NCAA Nationals appearance and first since the 2008 campaign! The team is playing terrific. You can see some of the excellent shots the guys are making in my video below.
We are currently four-under par on the round with approximately nine holes remaining at the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional. What a trip this has been! Great golf being played, unbelievable weather and all signs are showing the Blazers men's golf team will have a chance at a national title!
Hope you enjoy this video as much I have enjoyed watching this team play. Until next time, GO BLAZERS!!
Final Round At Stanford! May 19, 2012 7:26 a.m. PT
Senior Jason Shufflebotham prepares for his final round of college golf.
Here we are on day three of the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional. This could be a VERY exciting day for the UAB men's golf team. The Blazers are in position to make it to Nationals for just the fourth time in program history - all of which have come during head coach Alan Kaufman's tenure. The last time UAB made it to Nationals came in 2008 (also went in 2001 and 2002).
The Blazers' tee time this morning is a little earlier than the past two days (the first tee time is set for 7:50 am. PT). Not sure what the reasoning behind that is, but we all had to get up about 30 minutes earlier than what we have been getting up. I can tell you the UAB golfers are all excited about this opportunity and ready to get out on the golf course today. They are currently at the driving range and putting greens getting ready for their day.
I have included a picture of senior Jason Shufflebotham warming up for his round in this blog entry. A little note about "Shuff"...today his is final round as a collegiate golfer. He departs Monday to compete at the Welsh Open, which is a European Tour event. He will compete as an amateur, but it is a terrific opportunity and one he couldn't pass up. So, I will have a little more on Shuff's final round later, but I told him since it is his final round, I want to see a career-low number from him. His career-best round is 64, so that would mean he would need to shoot a 63 or better today. Let's hope that happens!
I'm off to see the guys tee off, but I will try and keep everyone up to date throughout the day in what should be an exciting final round of the 2012 Regional here in Palo Alto.
What A Second Round! May 18, 2012 4:39 p.m. PT
Wow! What a second round for our UAB men's golf team. The Blazers were sensational throughout the day from top to bottom. These guys just kept grinding away and it ended with the team in a tie for third heading into the final round of the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional. It was such an exciting thing to watch.
Alan Kaufman meets with the team following Friday's second round.
Just think...Friday's second round score matched the third-best 18-hole team score in program history, set at the 2008 NCAA East Regional second round. Moreover, the team's 36-hole mark of 552 is the second-lowest tally in UAB lore, trailing only the 545 set during the first two rounds of the 2007 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. Pretty special indeed.
Following the round, coach Kaufman met with all of the guys and just discussed the opportunity that's in front of them (which is pictured to the right of this blog entry). Remember, it's been four long years since a UAB golf team has reached Nationals. Could that drought end Saturday? Let's hope so!
No matter what's in store fo the Blazers, tomorrow's final round figures to be a VERY exciting finish. Third place through eighth place is separated by only five strokes. I'm telling you, I would not be surprised one bit if we see this thing come down to a playoff to see who goes to Nationals. Either way, we are set for an exciting finish to the Regionals.
Until Saturday, GO BLAZERS!
Winding Down Day Two May 18, 2012 1:33 p.m. PT
The UAB men's golf team's second round is coming to a close. In fact, while I type this, I am sitting with Jason Shufflebotham and Sam Love, while Paul Dunne is signing his scorecard. It's been an exciting back nine for the Blazers. UAB was leading the event all by itself late in the second round, but we'll see what happens. So far, the Blazers have finished double bogey-bogey-bogey on the 18th hole.
Below is an interview with Sam Love following his stellar round of two-under par 68.
Officially Halfway Through The Stanford Regional May 18, 2012 11:41 a.m. PT
Well, with all of the UAB golfers through the first nine holes of the second round of the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional, we are officially halfway through the event. Approximately 27 holes remain to be played (9 more today and 18 on Saturday).
As it stands now, the Blazers are in a battle to remain among the top five teams in what has become a jumbled mess of a leaderboard. Five strokes separate the third place team (which UAB is currently tied at) and the ninth place team. I wouldn't be surprised at all if we see a team playoff to decide who goes to NCAA Nationals (remember, only the top five teams advance).
The weather is once again outstanding here in Palo Alto, as temperatures are in the low 70s and there is not a single cloud in the sky. A light wind has picked up, which could make for an interesting final nine holes.
UAB has had a steady first nine holes of the day, shooting three-under par as a team. Plenty of highlights to choose from (I'm sure I didn't get them all) when I made the below video, but you will get an idea of how solid the UAB men's golf team is playing. The field is made up of nine teams ranked among the top 50 in the nation (UAB ranked No, 37 by Golfstat.com) and the Blazers are holding their own. It is going to make for an EXCITING final round of golf!
Hope you enjoy this video! I am off to catch the team finish up their round and I will post more highlights (hopefully a lot more highlights!) of the back nine. Until then, Go Blazers!
The Stanford Practice Facility May 18, 2012 8:34 a.m. PT
As promised, here is a short video giving you a glimpse of the $7 million dollar state-of-the-art Stanford Golf Practice Facility. It is a short drive across the street from the golf course and it is arguably the best practice facility in the nation. It was built about four years ago and features a variety of greens with different styles of grass, multiple short game areas and several hundred yards of hitting areas. It really is an amazing facility and I hope this video will do it justice.
I'm off to watch the guys on the course and hopefully will come back with a bunch of highlights of our UAB golfers!
Day Two About To Tee Off May 18, 2012 8:05 a.m. PT
Hunter Hawkins, Thomas Sutton and Alan Murray
The UAB men's golf team is moments away from day number two of competition at the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional. The golfers are all warming up at the Stanford Practice Facility (an amazing place which I will post video of shortly) and are ready and raring to go. The Blazers will be playing alongside UCF for a second straight day and Wichita State - each of which are tied for fourth overall entering the second round.
I will hope to post some highlights (hopefully a lot of birdies) of the guys throughout the round. Here is a picture of UAB's Hunter Hawkins and Thomas Sutton at the practice facility, along with assistant coach Alan Murray, warming up for their rounds later this morning.
Back At The NCAAs May 17, 2012 2:44 p.m. PT
The 2012 UAB men's golf team.
To the right is a picture of the 2012 UAB Men's Golf Team at 2012 Stanford Regional following the opening round at the Stanford Golf Course.
Highlights From Day One Of NCAA Regionals May 17, 2012 2:21 p.m. PT
That's a wrap for the UAB men's golf team after day one of the 2012 NCAA Regionals. The Blazers had a solid round and as the scores come in, they are one of a handful of teams that shot below par. In fact, the 278 matched the second-lowest round of the year for the UAB men's golf team.
Here is a few highlights from Thursday's first round...Sorry there is not more, but I accidentally deleted a few clips.
Stanford University Golf Course May 17, 2012 11:33 a.m. PT
As promised, below is a video of a few scenic shots which help make up the par 70, 6,727-yard Stanford Golf Course. These probably don't do this course much justice, but it is in magnificent shape! The golfers have to keep the ball in the fairways because of the thick and dense rough that runs alongside each hole. There are a lot of dog legs and trees that will challenge every golfer on the course.
By the way, the Blazers are off to a terrific start to the Regional. The leaderboard currently has UAB in a tie for third. When I talked to coach Alan Kaufman, he said "this is the type of start we needed." I couldn't agree more. Young Paul Dunne, a true freshman, is in a tie for first through 10 holes at three-under par. Let's hope this keeps up!
Enjoy the video and Go Blazers!
Blazers Tee Off At 2012 NCAA Regional May 17, 2012 9:24 a.m. PT
The UAB men's golf team is up and running at the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional. The Blazers have all teed off and have begun their round. Below is video of each UAB golfer on the 440-yard par 4 10th hole. This course is very hilly and will certainly test the team's endurance throughout the three-day, 54-hole event.
Thursday Means NCAA Tourney Time! May 17, 2012 7:47 a.m. PT
Associate AD for Compliance Corey Bray holds the UAB flag, prior to the start of the Blazers' opening round at the NCAA Regional.
Hey Blazer Fans! Well, the day has finally arrived. The UAB men's golf team tees off in about 30 minutes as I type this. Just so you all know, it is a BEAUTIFUL day here in Palo Alto, Calif. at the Stanford University Golf Course. There little to no wind at the course and the temperature is currently in the mid-60s. As you can tell by the pictures, we physically had to hold the UAB flag out to the side so you can tell whose flag it is! That's Corey Bray, our Associate AD for Compliance, who also doubles as the men's golf sport administrator. He is among a few Blazer fans who will be supporting the guys as they play throughout the Regional.
I will try and post a few videos and pictures throughout the opening round of play. If you need to know, the livestats throughout the event can be found on golfstat.com. UAB will tee off on hole No. 10 in the following order (all times Pacific):
8:20 a.m. Thomas Sutton
8:31 a.m. Paul Dunne
8:42 a.m. Jason Shufflebotham
8:53 a.m. Sam Love
9:04 a.m. Hunter Hawkins
Men's Golf Team Departs For Stanford Regional May 14, 2012
The UAB men's golf team departed Birmingham on Monday afternoon en route to Stanford, Calif. to compete at the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship. The Blazers are set to begin competition on Thursday morning at the Stanford University Golf Course.
UAB's lineup will consist of senior Jason Shufflebotham, junior Hunter Hawkins, sophomores Sam Love and Thomas Sutton and freshman Paul Dunne.
UAB, ranked No. 35 in the nation by Golfweek.com, earned the region's No. 6 seed in the 13-team field.
The top five teams from each of the six regionals will advance to compete at the NCAA Nationals, which will be held from May 29-June 3 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
The Blazers will play their practice round at the par 70. 6,742-yard Stanford Golf Course on Wednesday before beginning competition on Thursday morning. The tournament can be followed live by logging onto Golfstat.com.
The top seed in the 2012 Stanford Regional is No. 2 ranked Cal Bears, who is fresh off its first-ever Pac-12 title. Regional-host Stanford is the second-seeded team in the field and ranked eighth nationally. In addition to the sixth-seeded Blazers, the field also includes in order of remaining seeding (#14) San Diego State, (#22) UCF, (#23) LSU, UAB, Wichita State, Tennessee, Oregon State, Southeastern Louisiana, San Francisco, San Jose State and UC Davis.