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Alabama edges Oklahoma State in East Lake Cup semis
Wilson Furr (Alabama Athletics photo)
Wilson Furr (Alabama Athletics photo)

ATLANTA (Oct. 30, 2018) – It all came down to Wilson Furr on Tuesday at the East Lake Cup. The Alabama sophomore was 3 down in his match against Oklahoma State’s Austin Eckroat after four holes, but slowly worked his way back. When he won a point for the Crimson Tide, it clinched the match in their favor.

No national titles are handed out in the spring and this may be a small-field event, but for Oklahoma State and Alabama, there was a little more significance to Tuesday’s semifinals at East Lake Golf Club. The two teams were paired together in last spring’s NCAA final, and Oklahoma State won all five points to claim the national title on home turf.

On Tuesday, Oklahoma State leaders Viktor Hovland (the U.S. Amateur champion) and Matthew Wolff (who has won the individual title in all three stroke-play starts this fall) won this matches against Alabama Frankie Capan and Davis Shore, respectively.

Ahead of Furr, Alabama teammate Prescott Butler had defeated Hayden Wood. Behind him, Davis Riley, the Western Amateur runner-up, had made short work of Zach Bauchou. That left Furr to close Eckroat out on the 18th hole and give Alabama a 3-2 win.

Alabama will now face off against Auburn in the championship match.

Auburn took a lopsided 4-1 victory over Duke on Tuesday. Duke’s Adrien Pendaries logged a big 7-and-6 victory over Trace Crowe at the top of the bracket, but everything else went Auburn’s way on Tuesday afternoon. Only the final two matches made it to the 18th hole.

Duke and Oklahoma will play in the consolation match.

ABOUT THE East Lake Cup

Started in 2015 and hosted by the historic East Lake Golf Club Atlanta, this collegiate, two-day match play competition features the top-performing teams from the previous year's NCAA Men’s Golf Championships. There is an individual award for the low 18-hole scorer in the seeding round.

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