Lennarth Leads Alabama To Top
The Crimson Tide also took the team lead after 36 holes with an 8-under-par 280 in round two. Alabama is four shots clear of second-place LSU (570) at 10-under-par 566. The 8-under round of 280 is tied for the third-lowest single round in school history, while the 8-under total is second-best in school annals.
"It was a very business-like round of golf," Alabama Coach Mic Potter said. "We were very solid and steady and that translated to low scores."
The 10-under 566 is also a Traditions Club 36-hole record, an amazing 28 shots better than the previous record of 594 (+18) set by Duke in strong winds at the 2006 NCAA Central Regional.
Lennarth, who opened with a 4-over-par 76 in round one, came out firing in the second round with four birdies on the front nine. She reeled off three straight birdies on the third, fourth and fifth holes before making a birdie-4 at the 516-yard eighth hole. Another birdie on the par-5 10th got her to 5-under par with birdies on the 14th and 18th holes to close her round.
"Camilla did a great job of staying in the present and keeping a good pace," Potter on Lennarth's 65. "In the past, when she got well under par, she had a tendency to get a little quick and hurry. She did a great job of controlling her game and putting up a low number. When you have your putter going, and hers was today, I think everything gets a lot easier."
Lennarth played the Traditions' four par-5s in 4-under par with four birdies on Tuesday and is 5-under on the par-5s over the first two rounds. The 65 was three shots better than her previous collegiate-low round of 68, which she had accomplished five previous times. Lennarth moved into a tie for 10th place after 36 holes of the NCAA Fall Preview at 3-under-par 141.
Pancake, who shot 65 on Monday, followed that up with a 1-over-par round of 73. She enters the final round tied for the individual lead with Vanderbilt's Marina Alex at 6-under-par 138. LSU's Tessa Teachman is one shot back at 5-under-par 139. Pancake and Alex's 6-under total of 138 is also a 36-hole course record, six shots better than the old mark of even-par 144 held by USC's Paola Moreno and Texas A&M's Mo Morial.
Sophomore Jennifer Kirby also got her game on track Tuesday with a 2-under-par round of 70. The native of Paris, Ontario, Canada, was steady all day with three birdies and just a single bogey on her card. She birdied the first, seventh and 17th holes with a bogey on No. 3 and 14 pars. She is tied for 27th entering Wednesday's final round at 2-over-par 146.
True freshman Stephanie Meadow shot another round of even-par 72 on Tuesday and is tied for 21st after 36 holes. Senior Courtney Harter was the Tide's fifth score in round two but still put together a quality round of 2-over-par 74. She is tied for 32nd at 3-over-par 147.
Southern California is in third place at 5-under-par 571 with Georgia and Vanderbilt tied for fifth place at 2-under 574. The Bulldogs set a course record with an 11-under round of 277 on Monday, but followed that with a 9-over-par 297 on Tuesday.
Alabama will tee off in the lead group on Wednesday as the Crimson Tide go in search of their first NCAA Fall Preview title. The Tide will be paired with LSU and Southern California.
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