Tide Women, Men Golf Ranked High

Although golf is considered a Spring sport in college competition with conference and NCAA championship tournaments conducted in the Spring, the top teams get into action with a limited Fall schedule. Among those top teams are both the men's and women's squads at Alabama.

The pre-season college golf rankings are out and Coach Mic Potter's Alabama women's team is ranked fourth in the nation by Golfweek, while the Crimson Tide men's team of Coach Jay Seawell is ranked seventh.

The Alabama men open their Fall season this weekend, beginning Friday, in the Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga. The Crimson Tide women begin Fall play Monday in the NCAA Fall Preview at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.

The Alabama women's golf team, finished the 2009-2010 season ranked fifth by Golfweek, was the top-rated team in 2010-11 among Southeastern Conference foes.

Alabama, defending SEC Champion, returns a trio of All-America players in senior Camilla Lennarth, junior Brooke Pancake, and sophomore Jennifer Kirby. The Tide also adds freshman Stephanie Meadow to the fold, the third-highest rated golfer in the 2010 class by Golfweek/Sagarin Index.

Golfweek touted Alabama's talent, recruiting, and depth as the reasons why the Crimson Tide can win the National Championship in 2010-11.

The publication states, "Bama truly believes it can hang with Purdue and the West Coast. Coach Mic Potter is quietly building a powerhouse down South, with help from around the world. The Tide finished third at NCAAs last spring and returns its top three players. Potter also adds Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow, who provides instant depth."

On the men's side, the Crimson Tide, which finished the 2009-2010 season ranked 30th by Golfweek, was one of three Southeastern Conference teams, along with Georgia and Florida, to earn a spot in the Top 10.

Alabama returns a pair of junior All-America players in Bud Cauley and Hunter Hamrick as well as Georgia State Amateur Champion, sophomore Lee Knox, and U.S. Amateur Round of 16 participant, sophomore Scott Strohmeyer.

Additionally, the Tide adds freshman Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt to the fold, both of whom were ranked in the top three nationally as junior golfers before coming to Alabama.

Golfweek touted Cauley and Hamrick as well as Wyatt and Whitsett as the reasons why Alabama can win the National Championship in 2010-2011.

The publication states, "Alabama will rely heavily on two freshmen, Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett, along with its stellar duo of Bud Cauley and Hunter Hamrick, the Western Refining All America Classic champ."

Whitsett and Wyatt come to Alabama as the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked junior golfers, according to Golfweek, in 2009-2010.

Alabama's men face good competition in the opening week of play in the Carpet Capital Collegiate. There are 12 teams, six from the SEC, and seven teams ranked in the nation's top 30. Georgia is the highest ranked squad at number 3.

Alabama finished sixth in last year's event for the second year in a row after having posted back-to-back victories the previous years.

Cauley, Hamrick, Whitsett, Wyatt and sophomore Scott Strohmeyer will be competing for the Tide at The Farm this weekend. Strohmeyer is coming off an impressive showing at the U.S. Amateur, making it all the way to the round of 16.

Alabama will tee it up next weekend in the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Country Club, just outside of Chicago. Olympia Fields was the host of the 2003 U.S. Open won by Jim Furyk.

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