Women's Golf Gets Wire-To-Wire Win
After back-to-back school-record rounds on Friday and Saturday, Alabama fired a steady 3-under-par 285 on Sunday to complete their second victory in three tries this season. Alabama, which is No. 1 in the Golf World/NCGA Coaches' Poll, beat LSU who is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, by 12 strokes. It was also the tournament scoring record by 14 shots.
"It was a fairly dominating performance this weekend from start to finish," Crimson Tide Coach Mic Potter said following Sunday's round. "We just have a lot of talent on our team and if they get good conditions, they are going to shoot low scores. It was fun to watch but I'm not surprised when we play like this."
Duke, who is No. 3 in the coaches' poll, finished third at 13-under-par 851 with No. 10 Virginia (-2, 862) in fourth place and No. 11 North Carolina (+2, 866) in fifth. No. 6 Georgia finished tied for eighth with No. 7 Vanderbilt at 10-over-par 874 while South Carolina (+14, 878) tied for 11th, Auburn (+16, 880) tied for 13th and No. 23 Florida finished 15th at 17-over 881.
Alabama junior Brooke Pancake captured medalist honors by winning the second playoff hole against LSU's Megan McChrystal. Both shot 11-under-par 205 over 54 holes, which is a career low for Pancake. McChrystal shot 66 on Sunday to catch Pancake, who carded a 1-under 71.
"It was great for Brooke to finally get the win and open the door for more," Potter said. "That first victory is always the toughest. To be in a playoff makes it all the more pressure packed and impressive. She deserved it and played great. She got off to a good start and stayed steady."
Senior Camilla Lennarth finished one shot back of Pancake and McChrystal in third place. Lennarth fired a 2-under-par 70 in the final round to set her 54-hole career best at 10-under-par 206. She shot 69 and 67 in the first two rounds. Lennarth and Pancake both have their season scoring averages below 70 with Lennarth checking in at 69.56 and Pancake one stroke back at 69.67.
Jennifer Kirby completed her 54 holes in 6-under-par 210, which is also a new career low for the sophomore from Paris, Ontario, Canada. Kirby shot a 1-under-par 71 on Sunday in an up-and-down round that saw her sink seven birdies, make four bogeys and a double bogey.
True freshman Stephanie Meadow finished tied for 21st at 1-under-par 215. She shot 1-over 73 in the final round after an opening-round 72 and a career-low 2-under-par 70 in round two. Senior Courtney Harter shot 77 on Sunday at finished tied for 66th at 11-over-par 227.
Alabama competes in its final tournament of the fall on Nov. 5-7 at the Pac-10/SEC Challenge at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. The Crimson Tide competed on the Stanford Golf Course last May at the 2010 NCAA West Regional where they finished tied for third.
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