TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama softball enters week seven of the season ranked No. 15 in the USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 16 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
GREENSBORO, Ga. – The No. 8-ranked Alabama men's golf team claimed its fourth title in seven tournaments this season – and first this spring – as it captured the 2018 Linger Longer Invitational. The Crimson Tide carded a final round total of 7-under par 281 and finished the three-day, 54-hole event with a 24-under par 840 (277-281-282) to take a two-shot victory over second place Georgia.
“It was a big day today,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. “We felt like we’ve played good golf this spring, but just haven’t been able to put four scores together and we did a good job of that this week. Everyone had a hand in this tournament win and that is what it takes. It was a good week and we saw the fruits of our labor. We’ve been working hard and that’s what is most exciting about this win and what makes it even more special.”
Senior Lee Hodges led the way for Alabama, as he claimed his second medalist honor in three tournaments during the spring season (also won the individual title at the Puerto Rico Classic), finishing with a season-low 54-hole total of 14-under par 202 (67-68-67). It was the second-best tournament score in Hodges’ career, while the 14-under was a career-best mark in relation to par.
“Lee played stellar golf, especially down the stretch,” Seawell said. “We had a front move through and I bet the wind was blowing as much as 25 miles per hour over the last nine holes. For him to play under par the way he did was great to see and I was really proud of him.”
“I felt I played solid all week,” Hodges said. “I never really hit any bad spots and gave myself a chance to get up-and-down for makeable putts. I putted really well which always helps, so I am pleased with how I played overall.”
Hodges, who came into this week’s event ranked No. 23 in the nation according to Golfstat.com, carded three consecutive rounds in the 60s. He tied for tops in the tournament in total birdies (17) and par 4 average score (3.83), while ranking second in the field in par 3 scoring average (2.82). In three tournaments this spring, the Ardmore, Tenn., native has shot six rounds in the 60s and has not finished any lower than 11th place.
Junior Davis Riley collected his fourth top-five result of the year and sixth top-10 finish as he placed fifth overall with a total of 6-under par 210 (69-72-69). The Hattiesburg, Miss., native, who came into the tournament ranked No. 6 in the nation, has recorded par or better in 17 of the 21 rounds he has played on the year. Riley tied Hodges for the lead on par 4 scoring average for the tournament (3.83), while his 13 birdies of the course of 54 holes tied for eighth-most.
Freshmen Wilson Furr (73-72-73) and Davis Shore (71-75-72) finished tied for 25th as both carded a tournament total of 2-over par 218, on the par-72, 7,073-yard Great Waters Golf Club course. It marked the best finish of Furr’s collegiate career, while Shore collected his fifth top-30 result in seven tournaments this season.
Senior Jonathan Hardee rounded out the Crimson Tide golfers has he tied for 32nd overall with a three-day score of 3-over par 219 (70-70-79).
Sophomore Josh Sedeno, playing as an individual, entered the final round of play in a tie for 56th overall with a 5-over par 149 (72-77). However, he was forced to withdraw with an injury and did not compete in the final round of play.
The Tide and Bulldogs pulled away from the 16-team field and were in a battle to the end, before Alabama pulled away. Georgia finished at 22-under par 842, 14 shots ahead third-place Penn State (-8, 856). Ohio State (861) placed fourth, while Virginia (865) rounded out the top five.
It marks the fifth time in the last eight years that Alabama has claimed the Linger Longer’s team title. The Crimson Tide also won the event in 2016, 2013, 2012 and 2011.
Alabama will return to action on when it travels to Bryan, Texas, to compete at the Aggie Invitational.
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If you’ve driven down Rice Mine Road anytime recently, chances are, you’ve noticed quite the boom of businesses within The Village at Northbank development. If heading to the Village for the tasty creations of Urban Cookhouse wasn’t enough, the retail area now boasts its newest resident, True40 Fitness Studio.
Tickets are now on sale for The Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show pilot’s reception.
Textures are very important for introducing foods to your baby. Most babies prefer to start with softer, smoother textures and gradually move toward thicker foods. Firm foods, especially round foods, slippery foods, and sticky foods are choking hazards.
On Saturday, March 3, 2018, the Alabama Golf Association’s Annual Membership Meeting, Board of Directors meeting and Awards Luncheon was hosted by The Country Club of Birmingham in Birmingham.
This past Saturday, March 17, 2018 the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of The Tennessee River (Wheeler Lake) in Decatur, Alabama. In the event over 120 anglers from 15 states were competing not only for the $15,000 in cash and prizes, but the opportunity to qualify for the 2018 Cabela’s King Kat Classic. This year's Classic Championship will be held September 14 & 15, 2018 on the Ohio River at Jeffersonville, Indiana and will have a guaranteed payout of $110,000 in cash and prizes. Be sure to check out our website at: www.kingkatusa.com and like our Cabela's King Kat Facebook Page. Both sites contain new and exciting information on our events along with special information for catfish anglers everywhere.
The City of Tuscaloosa will once again host musical acts in Government Plaza every Friday night in June and July as part of its fourth annual Live at the Plaza concert series.
The bobwhite quail opportunities in the Alabama Black Belt were put under intense scrutiny recently. As expected, the Black Belt quail experience received nothing but praise.
Alabama Black Belt Adventures and sponsors hosted representatives of Quail Forever and the outdoors media for a grand tour of the quail hunting in the Alabama area famous for its rich, dark topsoil and abundant wildlife.
BIRMINGHAM, AL – (March 16, 2018) – The Birmingham Association of REALTORS® (BAR) Board of Directors welcomes Dr. Dawn Kennedy as CEO of the nearly 4,000-member association and its multiple listing service. She begins her position as Association Executive on March 19.
“These are exciting times,” said 2018 BAR President Kim Mangham-Barelare. “We’ve chosen a CEO who will take us to new heights.”
(Birmingham, AL) The ASO’s SuperPOPS! series presented by Red Diamond® begins in October of 2018 and features performances including holiday favorites, Broadway hits, movie music, and more! The ASO will perform the second installment of the Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama – High school musicians from throughout West Alabama will perform and learn from one of the nation’s leading jazz educators during the inaugural West Alabama High School Jazz Festival on March 24, 2018, at Shelton State’s Martin Campus. Held in the Bean-Brown Theatre, the festival is free and open to the public.
Alabama Golfers Lauren Stephenson, Kristen Gillman and Davis Riley Named to United States Palmer Cup Team14 Mar 2018
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama women’s golfers Lauren Stephenson and Kristen Gillman and men’s golfer Davis Riley have been named to the United States Palmer Cup team, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced Wednesday.
I have never in my life been so excited to see daffodils and yellow hyacinth making a splash against the dull, brown terrain, or been as sick of cold weather as I have this year.
I am seeing signs of life. Small buds pushing their way through the dark, rich earth.
The Cahaba Range which is currently closed for replacements and repairs is targeted to re-opening on March 21.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Tuscaloosa’s Turning Point is raising awareness. On April 5, a special Glow Walk will be held at Snow Hinton Park.
The year 1744 was eventful. On March 31, a formal declaration pulled England into the War of Austrian Succession—known in the American colonies as King George’s War. Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius, inventor of the centigrade thermometer, died. Abigail Smith Adams, the second First Lady of the United States, was born in Massachusetts. Colonial Georgia struggled for its existence, while Mobile, the former capital of French colonial Louisiana, had become a military outpost and major center for trade with the Indians. In the wilderness that would become West Alabama, a red seed had fallen to the forest floor and germinated. It sank its roots and tentatively sent up a sprout with large, shiny leaves.
Anytime I’m educating a large group of people about nutrition, I love to go around the room and ask what everyone’s favorite food is. When the tables are turned on me, I respond that my favorite food is pizza, hands down.
Jordan Plaster will serve as the United Way of West Alabama’s (UWWA) 2018 Campaign Chairman. In this influential volunteer role, Plaster will lead fundraising efforts, oversee the campaign cabinet and a broad network of United Way champions, and incite fellow community leaders to provide crucial financial support for UWWA’s 26 partner agencies across West Alabama.
It’s National Nutrition Month, and Community Services Programs of West Alabama is focusing on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.