Alabama Golf Has Players Of Week

Alabama has one of the -- if not THE -- best college golf program in the nation with the Bama women ranked first in the nation and the Tide men third. Alabama players in both men's and women's competition were named Players of the Week.

Alabama junior Bud Cauley was chosen as the Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Week after he was medalist and led the Tide to the championship of the Clveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate in Aiken, S.C. last week.

Alabama true freshman Stephanie Meadow was selected as the SEC Women's Golfer of the Week after medalist honors at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.  

It was the first medalist honor of the season for Cauley who fired a tournament record 9-under-par 201 at the Palmetto Club. He fired rounds of 66, 66 and 69 to record a five-stroke victory while recording 15 birdies and two eagles.

His performance helped the Crimson Tide capture its third straight tournament title with a win at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate and its fourth victory of the season.

  It was Cauley's fourth career win at the Capstone and his fourth top-five finish in seven tournaments this season. He posted a runner-up finish in his previous outing this spring at the Puerto Rico Classic.

Cauley has lowered is scoring average to a career-best 70.52 for the season and has shot 18-under par in two events this spring for 68.0 stroke average.   A member of the Hogan Award Watch List, Cauley ranks 15th in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index while leading the SEC in stroke average.  

Following the victory this past Tuesday in South Carolina, the Crimson Tide will have almost two weeks off before returning to action at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championships at the Hawk's Ridge Golf Club in Greensboro, Ga., on March 20-22. 

For Meadow, it is the second straight SEC Golfer of the Week recognition, who was the co-winner following her win in the Puerto Rico Intercollegiate to start the spring season.

  Meadow's most recent win at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate came against one of the deepest fields in collegiate golf. She fired rounds of 72, 66 and 73 to finish at 5-under-par 211, edging LSU's Megan McChrystal by one shot.

She was selected as the Golfweek Player of the Week after her performance that helped the top-ranked Crimson Tide finish second to second-ranked Southern California in a field that consisted of seven of the nation's top-10 teams.

Meadow is ranked 16th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and 18th in the Golfstat Cup as a true freshman. He 72.0 scoring average for the season ranks third on the team and fourth in the Southeastern Conference. She has a 70.5 stroke average in her two tournament wins this spring.

Meadow and her teammates return to action on Friday at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic on Friday at the par-72, 6,186-yard University Club in Baton Rouge.

UA remains atop both the Golf World/NGCA Coaches' Poll that came out Tuesday and the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.  

The LSU Golf Classic Field includes nine teams in the top 20 nationally and five teams inside the top 11. Along with Alabama, No. 3 Duke, No. 4 LSU, No. 8 Virginia and No. 11 Tulane are joined by No. 14 North Carolina, No. 16 Tennessee, No. 17 Wake Forest and No. 19 Arkansas

The rest of the field includes SEC foes, Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi and Mississippi State along with Texas A&M, TCU, UNC-Wilmington, Furman, North Carolina State, College of Charleston and Louisiana-Monroe.

The Crimson Tide will start the same lineup it has used throughout the 2010-11 season that includes seniors Camilla Lennarth and Courtney Harter, junior Brooke Pancake, sophomore Jennifer Kirby and Meadow.

Alabama has three tournament championships to its credit this season, two runner-up showings and just one tournament where they finished out of the two positions.

Pancake continues to lead the Crimson Tide and rank second in the SEC with a 71.39 scoring average. She is averaging .44 strokes below par this season and is No. 6 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

Lennarth is second on the team with a 71.83 stroke average and 11th in the Golfweek/Sagarin. Kirby boasts a 72.50 scoring average and is one of four UA golfers in the top 10 in the SEC in stroke average.

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