Alabama men’s golf third after day one of the 2017 NCAA Washington Regional

SAMMAMISH, Wash. – The Alabama men’s golf team carded a 1-under par 283 and is in third overall after Monday’s opening round of play at the 2017 NCAA Washington Regional. The Crimson Tide was one of only three teams in the 14-team field to shoot under par on the day, joining clubhouse leader No. 24 Florida State (-6, 278) and No. 1 USC (-3, 280) as the only teams to achieve the feat.

Alabama, the Regionals’ No. 6 seed, was led by junior Steven Setterstrom, who finished the day in a tie for third after carding a 3-under par 68 on the par 71, 6,885-yard Aldarra Golf Course. The Mobile, Ala., native, who was playing from the team’s No. 5 slot, recorded three birdies, an eagle and two bogeys on the way to his second-best 18-hole score of the year. Setterstrom is four strokes back of clubhouse leader Sean Crocker of USC, who ended with a 7-under 64, while Florida State’s Josh Lee (67) is alone in second.

Juniors Lee Hodges and Jonathan Hardee both carded rounds of even par 71 to end the day in a tie for 14th, while sophomore Davis Riley fought off a double bogey on the opening hole to end the day in a tie for 27th with a 2-over par 73. Redshirt freshman Josh Sedeno rounded out the Tide in a tie for 45th with a 4-over 75.

Kent State, ranked No. 12, and 13th-ranked Texas A&M are tied for fourth in the team standings with both teams at 3-over par 287. Rounding out the top 10 is No. 37 San Diego State (290), No. 49 Penn State (290), Marquette (291), Michigan (292) and No. 30 Washington (295), respectively.

The top five teams from each of the six regional sites and the top individual finisher not on an advancing team will move on to the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship, which will be played at Rich Harvest Farms course in Sugar Grove, Ill., on May 26-31. In all, the national championship will feature 30 teams and six individuals.

Alabama will tee off the NCAA Regional’s second round at 10:20 a.m. CT (8:20 a.m. PT) off Hole No. 10, and will be paired alongside host Washington and tournament leader Florida State.