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UAB men's golf team has great chemistry

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UAB men's golf will find out their NCAA Tournament fate on Monday when the regionals are announced.

The Blazers finished 2nd in the C-USA Tournament earlier this week.
So what makes this team unique? Tom Annino talked with UAB golfers Sam Love and Paul Dunne (click on the video above).

Question (Annino): When you look at the roster, everyone is either an in-state player or an international player. Talk about that dynamic.

UAB Senior Sam Love: "We all get along really well together. I think that's pretty important, especially in a team sport. People getting along helps out a lot."

UAB Junior Paul Dunne: "We have a really good mix and all of us get along really well together. UAB wouldn't be one of the bigger schools in-state, obviously Alabama and Auburn are the two biggest, (because) international recruiting seems quite important. A lot of kids from in-state want to go to one of the two bigger schools. I think the coaches do a good job of getting good talent from in-state and then going out of state too internationally."

Q: The whole "Bama/Auburn dynamic," do you guys keep an eye on them? Do you feel like you're competing with them.

Dunne: "Yes and no. I don't feel it maybe as much as the guys from in-state on our team do because they grew up with a lot of players who are playing for Alabama and Auburn."

Love: "A little bit. Obviously, for Alabama, they probably wouldn't like it too much if they were getting beat by UAB. We would love to beat them in every opportunity we get. I don't mind saying it. I'm kind of a competitive person. I don't mind beating people at all. It wouldn't hurt my feelings one bit."

Q: What kind of an impact has former UAB golfer Graeme McDowell had on this program?

Love: "He's been very important. We've seen him back here a few times and gotten to play with him some. We got to ask him questions, things we were wondering about because he's obviously a great player. (We talked about) Different ways to practice and what he does on and off the golf course. I think he's helped out the program a pretty good bit."

Dunne: "Everyone I've ever bumped into knows that Graeme went to UAB, which is brilliant for the program. It's great when we get to see someone who came here and then succeeded. It gives us a bright look at the future, I suppose."
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