Aug. 10, 2008
Auburn - Auburn senior Glenn Northcutt won the eighth Alabama State Match Play at the par-72, 6,494-yard Ol' Colony Golf Course in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday.
The Dothan, Ala., native claimed the championship after defeating Birmingham's Talbert Griffin, 1-up, in the final round of the six-round, three-day event.
"I had never played the State Match Play Championship before," said Northcutt. "I thought it would be fun to do and it came out my way. It was a great experience."
On his way to the final, Northcutt opened against Point Clear's Michael Stinebraugh in the round of 64, winning, 6-and-4. In the second and third rounds, Northcutt defeated Atmore's Cody Causey, 3-and-2, and Tuscaloosa's Phillip Weaver, 2-and-1.
In the quarterfinal, Northcutt went to the wire with Birmingham's Woodie Eubanks, going 1-up through 18 holes. Auburn's Will Golden waited in the semifinal but subsided to Northcutt, 2-and-1.
"Not many tournaments have that format," said Northcutt. "I learned a little about myself. It was good for my game and I think I'll be a better player for it."
Griffin, a three time letterman at the University of Alabama (1981-84), advanced to the final round after a string of impressive wins - 3-and-1, 3-and-2, 3-and 1, 6-and-5 and 4-and-3.
"I started off a bit slow in the final, making a bunch of pars," commented Northcutt. "I knew I was going to make some birdies so I just stayed patient and waited for them to come.
"On No. 11 I made birdie to square the match. Then I birdied 14, 15 and 16 to get two-up. The adrenaline started flowing and I had a little slip on 17. I nuked a 7-iron a little too far and had to three-putt but I pulled it out in the end."
Also at the Alabama Match play were Auburn freshmen Cory Gilmer and David Zickler.
Gilmer, entering his second year on The Plains after being redshirted for the 2007-08 season, defeated Vestavia's Bly Gravlee, 4-and-3, in the round of 64 only to fall to Selma's Bain Hanning, 3-and-2 in the second round.
After defeating Scottsboro's Thomas Looney, 5-and-3, in the opening round, Zickler fell to Hoover's John Darby, 6-and-5.
Full results are available via www.bamagolf.com.