Glenn Northcutt Wins Alabama State Match Play
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."
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.
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