Men's golf ready to compete at SEC ChampionshipsBy Caroline Gazzara | 04/15/2015 11:02pm
Robbie Shelton will start for the Crimson Tide during the Southeastern Conference Championships this weekend. UA Athletics
It took five tournaments for the Crimson Tide to find itself, but after this week’s practice Seawell said he is confident the team is where it needs to be.
Timing is everything, especially in golf. With the team peaking now, Alabama is in an ideal position going into the Southeastern Conference Championships this weekend in Georgia.
“I think we are far enough away and done that we’re out of the scrutiny of the media talking about who we are and what we’re going to do,” Seawell said. “We’ve fallen out of that, which has probably been a good thing for the team, and we’ve basically been able to worry about ourselves. I think they’ve become their own. I like where we are. I like how we are trending into the positive direction as we get closer to the tournament.”
Alabama won the SEC Championship the past three years, two of which the team then won the NCAA championship.
Alabama has been on the upswing since the last tournament. At the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate, Alabama was set to be the underdog. Instead the team tied for second at the tournament. That score was the highest score for Alabama all season.
Confidence is high among the team. Junior Tom Lovelady said he’s seen his teammates walk with a ‘pep in their step’ and they have been playing better. He also said this is the first time all season that Alabama is confident about the future.
“I think that we are ready for [this],” Lovelady said. “I think that at [the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate] it was our first time to be in contention all spring. And to be neck and neck with the fifth- or sixth-ranked team on their home course says a lot about how far we’ve come and what our potential can be.”
Alabama’s starting lineup will be Lovelady, Robby Shelton, Dru Love, Jonathan Hardee and Robby Prater.