Meadow Gets Win, But Bama Is Second

NEW ORLEANS – Stephanie Meadow captured her second consecutive medalist honor on Tuesday at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate as top-ranked Alabama finished second to second rated Southern Cal on the par-72, 6,105-yard English Turn Golf and Country Club.

"We played all right today," Alabama Coach Mic Potter said. "USC played great today on a hard golf course. They shot 6-under, which was the lowest round of the tournament by four shots. On one side of the coin they went out and won it, but on the other side we had a two-shot lead with three holes to go. We have to get better so we can be aggressive on those final holes and not let anyone catch us."

Second-ranked Southern Cal made a late surge in Tuesday's final round to overtake the top-ranked Crimson Tide and post a four-shot victory.

The Trojans shot 3-under-par over the difficult three-hole finish at English Turn to secure the victory with a 6-under-par 282 in the final round for a 4-over total of 868. Alabama, who entered the day with a four-shot lead, carded a 2-over-par round of 290 to finish in second place at 8-over-par 872.

"I think this tournament was a great learning experience for us," Potter said. "We have improved since Puerto Rico. Even thought scores are virtually the same, this is a more difficult golf course – more a thinking woman's golf course."

Meadow, a native of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic two weeks ago for her first collegiate win. She shot 73 in the final round today to finish at 5-under-par 211 and hold off LSU's Megan McChrystal, who entered the tournament as the nation's No. 1 golfer and finished at 4-under 212.

"It's back-to-back wins now," Meadow said. "I just went out there, did my best on every shot, tried to stay in the moment and not think too much about the result. I didn't really close the deal on 17 and 18. I made bogey on 18 and missed a short putt on 17 for birdie. I wasn't really sure if that was going to be enough. Finding out that Megan (McChrystal) had an unfortunate couple of holes was kind of surprising."

No. 15 Tulane, who hosted the event, along with fifth-ranked Duke, finished tied for third place at 15-over-par 879. Purdue and Virginia tied for fifth at 16-over 880. The SEC saw No. 4 LSU finish ninth at 887, Auburn (888) was 10th followed by Vanderbilt (891) in 11th, Florida (893) in 12th, Tennessee (896) in 13th, Mississippi (908) in 15th and Kentucky (913) in 16th.

Junior Brooke Pancake shot a 1-under-par 71 to pace Alabama in the final round. She finished tied for 16th at 2-over-par 218. Jennifer Kirby and Camilla Lennarth both carded 1-over-par 73s on Tuesday. Kirby posted a tie for 34th at 7-over 223 while Lennarth was tied for 37th at 8-over 224.

Courtney Harter shot 82 in round three to finish 89th while Hannah Collier carded a 79 as an individual.

The Crimson Tide returns to action on March 11-13 at the LSU Golf Classic at the University Course in Baton Rouge, La.

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