Slow Start Leaves Tide Women Third

BATON ROUGE, La. – The top-ranked Alabama women's golf team could not overcome a slow start to Sunday's final round of the LSU Tiger Golf Classic and finished in a tie for third place on the par-72, 6,194-yard University Club Golf Course.

Alabama finished at 36-over-par 900 in a tie with No. 4 Duke and No. 18 Tennessee, 12 shots back of tournament winner Arkansas, who carded a 1-under-par round of 287. No. 7 Virginia finished second at 31-over 895 while tournament host and fifth-ranked LSU was sixth at 902.

"We had a poor start today and both Arkansas and Virginia got off to a good one," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "After that we were too far behind to gain any ground. It was hard to make any birdies out there. You couldn't get the ball close enough to the hole on your approach, so it was very difficult to catch anyone."

Two double bogeys – on the third and 14th holes – derailed freshman Stephanie Meadow's bid to win her third consecutive tournament as she finished with a 4-over-par 76 on Sunday to place fourth at 4-over 220 for the weekend. Duke's Lindy Duncan fired a 1-under 71 in the final round and won a playoff with Louisville's AnnKarin Ljungstrom to earn medalist honors at 2-over-par 218.

Junior Brooke Pancake closed with a 75 (+3) in the final round to slip into a tie for 11th place. She made three birdies on the seventh, 10th and 16th holes but five bogeys were enough to keep her outside of the top 10.

Senior Camilla Lennarth finished her third round strong on Sunday with two birdies on the final five holes to shoot 75 and post a tie for 31st. Sophomore Jennifer Kirby rallied in the final round to better her Saturday score by 11 shots with a team-best 1-over 73, finishing tied for 47th. Senior Courtney Harter dropped six shots in her final four holes to shoot 78 and finish tied for 57th.

Alabama will have two weeks off before returning to action on April 1-3 at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic on the University of Georgia Golf Course.

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