Ben Curtis, the 2003 British Open champion, and Kent State golf coach Herb Page were among the traveling party for the Golden Flashes' game at Alabama Saturday and watched the 48-7 loss from the sideline at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Page played with Alabama coach Nick Saban under former coach Don James, lettering in 1972 and ’73 as the kicker. Saban and Page spoke briefly afterward.
“I’ve never been to a college football game of this scope. I’ve been coaching my golf team,” Page said on the field before the game. “For most people, this is, ‘Oh, yeah.’ For me this is, ‘Whoa.’ When I played for coach James, we went to San Diego State, which was maybe 50,000, the Tangerine Bowl game was 35,000 or 40,000.”
The game attracted a crowd of 101,821.
Page and Curtis toured the Alabama athletic facilities Friday, but Page didn’t get to see old friend Jay Seawell, the men’s golf coach, who was out recruiting. “I called him and said, ‘I’m about to go into your office and ransack all your recruiting files,”’ Page said.
Curtis frequently attends Ohio State games, but said he’d never been on a field as big as Alabama’s, saying the largest was Cleveland Browns Stadium. He was struck by the crowd in Tuscaloosa.
“This is a much smaller town,” Curtis said. “This is like Stow and Kent combined, there’s not the million people who live in Columbus.”
Curtis, who missed qualifying for the FedExCup playoffs,said he will return to action for the PGA Tour’s fall series.
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