2012 NCAA Golf National Title Won In Dramatic Fashion

In a matchup between schools renown for their iconic football programs, the Texas Longhorns narrowly defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide at game’s end.  At a time of year when thoughts tend toward basketball and hockey playoffs, the French Open and baseball, few might consider the NCAA golf championship as a worthy competitor for their spectating time.  But this year’s golf championship had all the drama anyone could possibly want in sport.  In the best-of-five match play, Alabama won the first two matches to take a commanding 2-0 lead, only to watch the Longhorn’s Cody Gribble and freshman Jordan Spieth win the next two matches to draw even at 2-2.  With the teams standing neck and neck going into the final hole of the fifth match, the Longhorn’s Dylan Friteli approached his ball on the 18th green as the tightly massed crowd enthusiastically chanted “Roll Tide.”  Friteli calmly sank the 30ft putt to claim the title for Texas.

Spieth, who is widely regarded as one of the best golfers among NCAA Division I schools, is expected to be the backbone of a strong Longhorn golf team for the rest of his college career, after which he should be expected to make a successful and immediate transition to the pro tour.

NCAA golf, as represented by the two superb teams from Texas and Alabama, supports the USGA’s goals of cultivating enhanced awareness and interest in golf and of garnering corporate support.  As a Title IX sport, there are significant scholarship monies available to college-bound men and women golfers who can compete at the highest level.