Tide Women's Golf Moves Up To First
Alabama stands at 25-over-par 601 after the second round and join Arkansas, Wake Forest and Virginia atop the leader board. Duke and Tennessee are one shot back, tied for fifth at 602, with host LSU in seventh at 29-over 605.
"The scoring conditions were just brutal out there today," Alabama Coach Mic Potter said. "It was a little windy and the greens are new and very difficult and that made for some high scores. The 18th was really hard today with water all down the left side – we lost a couple in there."
Tide true freshman Stephanie Meadow took over the medalist lead with a 1-under-par round of 71 on Saturday. She is even-par 144 after 36 holes, one stroke ahead of Duke's Stacey Kim, LSU's Megan McChrystal, Wake Forest's Cheyenne Woods and Virginia's Brittany Altomare in second place at 1-over 145.
The winds didn't seem to bother Meadow, a native of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, as she recorded two birdies and 15 pars on the day. Meadow will be looking for her third consecutive tournament victory on Sunday after capturing the Lady Puerto Rico Classic and Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate her last two times out.
"Other than her 66 in the Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, today was her best round of the spring," Potter said. "And it really probably compares to the 66 – that's how tough it was out there today. Stephanie keeps the ball in play and that really helped her on those difficult driving holes with lateral water. Stuff like that doesn't bother her too much because she controls the ball so well."
Junior Brooke Pancake was also impressive in round two with an even-par 72. She is tied for ninth entering the final round at 4-over-par 148. Pancake was 2-over on her opening nine holes Saturday with three bogeys and a birdie, but found her swing on the back nine with seven pars and back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes to get back to even par for the round.
Meadow and Pancake were two of just five players in a field of 111 golfers to shoot even par or better in round two. While Meadow and Arkansas' Emily (2-under 70) were the only golfers under par on Saturday.
Camilla Lennarth shot 4-over-par 76 on Saturday and is tied for 34th after 36 holes at 9-over 153. Courtney Harter was the Tide's fourth score in round two with an 81 after shooting 6-over in her final five holes and is tied for 51st overall at 13-over 157. Jennifer Kirby did not count for Alabama in round two with a career-high 84.
"Tomorrow is going to be a battle of attrition," Potter said. "The team with the most patience will win. Everyone is going to make mistakes; it is just a matter of staying focused and patient to giving yourself a chance. I know that is the approach we are planning on taking."
The Tide will go in search of its fourth victory of the 2010-11 season on Sunday. Play will get underway with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. with Alabama playing alongside Arkansas, Virginia and Wake Forest.
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