Lennarth Ace Helps Women's Golf Lead

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico. – The No. 1 Alabama women's golf team got off to a great start on Sunday with an impressive 2-under-par round of 286 in the first round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on the par-72, 6,191-yard River Course at the Rio Mar Beach Resort.

Senior Camilla Lennarth provided the highlight with a hole-in-one on the 162-yard par-3 seventh hole. The senior from Stockholm, Sweden, flew it directly into the hole for her first ace at Alabama. It was the fifth hole-in-one in a competitive round in Crimson Tide history and the first since teammate Courtney Harter aced the 15th hole at Caves Valley Golf Club in the third round of the 2009 NCAA Championships.

The Crimson Tide, who have won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic the last two times they participated (2008 and 2010), lead defending NCAA Champion Purdue and Iowa State by 14 strokes (12-over 300). TCU and Florida State are tied for fourth at 15-over-par 303.

"We got off to a really bad start, I think we got to 7-over at one point, but I was really pleased with the way the team battled back," Alabama Coach Mic Potter said following Sunday's round. "We didn't putt very well early on, but as the round progressed we started hitting it a lot closer to the pin, which solved the problem."

As a team, Alabama's four counting scores played the front side in 7-over par before shooting 9-under par on the back nine.

Lennarth's ace on the seventh hole helped her post a 2-under-par round of 70, which was good enough for the individual lead after 18 holes. She came to the seventh at 1-under par after birdies on the third and fifth holes and a bogey on No. 6. Lennarth followed the hole-in-one with a double bogey on No. 8. She would get right back on track with a birdie on No. 11 before shooting even par over the final seven holes.

Sophomore Jennifer Kirby is one stroke back of Lennarth and tied for second place entering Monday's second round. She carded an eagle, three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey en route to her 1-under 71. Kirby actually doubled the par-3 seventh hole but fought back with a four-under 32 on the back nine that included birdies on No. 11 and No. 14 and an eagle on the par-5, 520-yard 15th hole.

Junior Brooke Pancake also turned in a strong back nine at 2-under par to finish the round at even-par 72 and tied for fifth place. She and was 3-under over her final 12 holes with birdies on the seventh, 12th, 14th, and 18th holes and a lone bogey on No .17 to close her round.

True freshman Stephanie Meadow shot 2-under-par 32 on the back nine after going out in 3-over 39 in round one. Meadow is tied for seventh at 1-over-par 73 heading into Monday action. Courtney Harter was the Tide's fifth score on Sunday with an 82.

After the Crimson Tide, the next SEC schoo is Georgia (+20, 308) in a tie for ninth and Auburn (+25, 313) tied for 14th. Alabama will play with Purdue and UGA in the second round and are slated to tee off at 6 a.m. central time.

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