Sellers to debut at Puerto Rico Classic tournamentBy Caroline Gazzara | 02/17/2015 11:30pm
Members of the golf team pose after the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate tournament earlier this year. UA Athletics
The Alabama men’s golf team several personnel changes this year. From sophomore Gavin Moynihan leaving the program after the fall season, to freshman Jonathan Hardee injuring his shoulder, it’s a completely different team this spring.
Despite the loss of two key players, coach Jay Seawell said he is confident about this new team. Seawell also announced that William Sellers, a redshirt sophomore, will be debuting in the Puerto Rico Classic this weekend.
“[Sellers has] done a great job, really, since Gavin left,” Seawell said. “He’s probably done the best job of understanding that somebody needed to step up. He understands, he’s been here long enough. He’s lived through two national championships. He understands what the players need to do to and the work and he’s done the most of trying to get himself ready. So I think we’re going to reward him for that. His outlook is he is one of the guys we are looking at for that final [lineup] spot.”
Moynihan left the program after the fall season came to a close in November and returned to his home country.
Hardee, a freshman who saw a fair amount of action in the fall, injured his shoulder while hunting over the winter break. Seawell said Hardee’s hunting bow hit his shoulder, causing subluxation and keeping him from playing for the first few tournaments. A subluxed shoulder means that the shoulder has at least partially dislocated from the rotator cuff.
Seawell also said Hardee should be back on the greens by the end of March.
Sellers has not seen any action during his two years at the Capstone. He had a promising outlook after his high school career. Seawell said he is excited about Sellers’s debut and is looking forward to seeing what will happen in Puerto Rico.
“We are excited about starting this journey,” Seawell said. “We are a different team. And I keep telling people, not in a negative way or in a way that we are trying to downplay it, but last year’s team we were the best team that showed up every week. This team is different, which will be good. I think it’s a different mindset.”