TUSCALOOSA, AL -
There is now a theme at the Jerry Pate Golf Center of national championships; the women in 2012 and the men fresh off back-to-back national titles with their 4-1 win over Oklahoma State during Wednesday's match-play in the NCAA championships in Hutchinson, Kansas.
"I think we got to enjoy this ride better," Alabama golf coach Jay Seawell said. "We were number one in the nation from day one to the end. The target was on our back. By winning it had a little more of a skip in my heart this time."
"We've had a great run, winning two national championships and a runner-up the year before," Alabama senior Bobby Wyatt said. "It's a run iIwill never forget. It's an awesome stepping stone for this program and Coach Seawell will take it to higher heights."
The pinnacle of Wednesday's match play, Trey Mullinax's eagle on 17 to clinch the title.
"I think people saw my reaction, my fist pump, and Coach Seawell, I think his 'boom' is going around the world right now," Alabama senior Mullinax said. "Statistically, my putting hasn't been great so it's kind of ironic that my putt went in."
"This is the reason I came here,"Alabama senior Cory Whitsett said. "I felt like Alabama had a the resources and capability to become a national power, but had not reached that yet. I know that's why me, Bobby, and Trey came here."
Since 2011, the men's golf team is the third Alabama sport to win back-to-back national titles, joining Nick Saban's football team and Sarah Patterson's gymnastics squad.