Women's Golf Takes Lead In Sugar Bowl
Although Alabama was only six strokes out of the lead following the first day of play Sunday, the Tide was in seventh place after 18 holes of the 54-hole tournament.
"We are in a lot better shape today than we were yesterday," Alabama Coach Mic Potter said following Monday's second round. "We got the conditions we needed to dig our way back in the tournament. It was kind of windy today and it wasn't very easy to score and when you get to be a better team that favors you."
True freshman Stephanie Meadow's career-low 66 led the way for the Crimson Tide. Her round put her back in the individual lead at 6-under-par 138, one shot ahead of LSU's Megan McChrystal and three shots clear of Texas A&M's Susy Grunden.
In Alabama's season-opening tournament, Meadow was individual champion and led Bama to the team title in Puerto Rico two weeks ago.
Meadow carded six birdies on the front side to make the turn at 30. She then made birdies at No. 10 and No. 14 to get to 8-under par before back-to-back bogeys on the 17th and 18th kept her one stroke off the school record of 65.
"Stephanie had a great round," Potter said. "She bogeyed the last two holes, but that doesn't take anything away from an impressive performance by her. With the finish on this golf course, it is not hard to make a couple of bogeys."
In one respect, Courtney Harter's even-par round of 72 on Monday may have been the Tide's most impressive round of the day considering her rough opening-round. Harter was 14 strokes better in round two after an 86 on Sunday.
"Courtney Harter's round was very important, coming off of the round she had yesterday," Potter said. "She could have gone either way, and she chose to tough it out and battle. Her round today was huge for us to backup Stephanie's round because if you get a low round like that and everyone else shoots 76, then it doesn't really do you any good."
The Crimson Tide enters Tuesday's final round at 6-over-par 582, four shots ahead of second-ranked USC and host Tulane. Texas A&M shot the tournament's lowest round with a 2-under 286 to move into fourth place, six shots back of the Tide. No. 5 Duke is in fifth place at 12-over 589.
Junior Brooke Pancake carded 1-over-par 73 and is tied for 19th position. Senior Camilla Lennarth and junior Jennifer Kirby both shot 4-over-par 76. Lennarth is tied for 47th place and Kirby is tied for 39th position. True freshman Hannah Collier competed individually and shot 9-over 81.
Along with Alabama, the SEC boasts Vanderbilt in seventh, LSU in a tie for ninth, Tennessee in 11th, Florida 12th, Auburn 13th, Kentucky in 15th and Mississippi in 16th place.
The final round is set for a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. at the English Turn Golf and Country Club on Tuesday. Alabama will play with Southern Cal and Tulane in the final round.
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