Pancake Stacks Up Birdies For 65
Alabama in third place in the team standings after shooting a 2-under-par 286 on the 6,271-yard Traditions layout that will host the 2011 NCAA Championships next May. Georgia holds the team lead at 11-under-par 277 with Vanderbilt in second at 4-under 284. LSU is in fourth place, one shot back of the Tide at 287 while Southern California is in fifth at 1-over-par 289.
"I think we got off to a good start today," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said following Monday's round. "It is a long tournament and a long year so anytime you shoot under par, I think you have to be happy.
"We just need to go out there and continue what we are doing. I thought with the exception of one hole, Courtney (Harter) played great and Stephanie (Meadow) got off to a good start. Now we just need to get Jennifer (Kirby) and Camilla (Lennarth) going a little bit better, but I feel good about our team."
Pancake, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., sunk eight birdies while making only a single bogey over her opening 18 holes. The 65 ties the Alabama record, which was set by Kathleen Ekey during the 2008 Crimson Tide Classic at the Ol' Colony Golf Course in Tuscaloosa. Pancake leads the NCAA Fall Preview by two strokes over Vanderbilt's Marina Alex, Georgia's Emilie Burger and UCLA's Lee Lopez.
"Brooke really played well today," Potter said. "She really hit it close on the par 3s and made a lot of birdies and most of them were in pretty close."
Pancake opened with three straight birdies and then sank another birdie on No. 7 before making her only bogey of the day on No. 8. She finished the front side with a 3-under-par 33. Pancake went on a birdie barrage on the back nine, recording birdies on the 13th, 14th, 16th and 18th holes to close out her round.
Alabama true freshman Stephanie Meadow carded an even-par 72 in her first round of collegiate golf and enters the second round tied for 18th. The native of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, made back-to-back birdies on the fifth and sixth holes to open with a front-nine 34. She birdied the 14th hole but ran into a little trouble on the back side with bogeys on the 13th, 15th and 18th holes.
Senior Courtney Harter also turned in a solid-opening round with a 1-over-par 73 on Monday and is tied for 21st position. She made five birdies on the afternoon with only a triple bogey on the ninth hole keeping her from a sub-par round.
Senior Camilla Lennarth and sophomore Jennifer Kirby were the only Tide players to struggle on the Traditions tract on Monday. The pair of returning All-America players shot 4-over-par 76 and are tied for 51st position.
The Crimson Tide will tee off with the lead group on Tuesday in the second round of the NCAA Fall Preview at the Traditions Golf Club. Alabama will be paired with Georgia and Vanderbilt.
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