Women's Golf Adds Another Victory

ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Alabama women's golf team pulled away for an eight-stroke victory at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic Sunday at the University of Georgia Golf Course.



The Classic used a "best ball" team format, with the low four individual scores from each hole comprising the team's counting tally. Alabama finished at 5-under-par (283) on Sunday and posted a 4-under-par cumulative score in the 54-hole event (286-291-283).

Purdue and Duke finished tied for second at 4-over par followed by Southeastern Conference rivals Arkansas, Florida, Auburn and Georgia at 5, 6, 7 and 7-over-par, respectively.

"We started out 7-over after three holes and really weren't playing very well and were out of our rhythm," Crimson Tide Coach Mic Potter said. "Fortunately we started getting on the green and giving ourselves chances for birdies and from there, we played at 12-under. You've got to take your hat off to the team for mentally staying in the game, trusting themselves, playing one shot at a time and getting the job done."

Stephanie Meadow continued her steady play for the Tide by firing a 1-under-par 71 with four birdies, three on the back nine, to account for four of the Tide's strokes under par. Meadow finished the weekend at 1-over-par to tie for third individually. Georgia's Marta Silva Zamora won the event on her home course at 4-under-par.

"Stephanie just drives it straight, gets it around the green and makes birdies," Potter said. "She's very consistent and a solid competitor."

Camilla Lennarth had three birdies en route to an even-par 72 while Brooke Pancake finished at 3-over-par with two birdies in the final three holes and was 10th individually at 6-over-par for the weekend. Jennifer Kirby and Hannah Collier finished a 4-over and 6-over-par in the final round. However, each had had three birdies to help the Tide score in the best-ball standings.

The team title is the second of the spring season for the Tide and the squad will have a week off before it attempts to defend its SEC title on April 15-17. This year's SEC Championship will be staged at the AU Club at Yarbrough Farms in Auburn.

"I like the fact that we're getting better every time we go out," Potter said of his team beginning the championship portion of the season. "Everyone is gaining confidence and hopefully we'll be peaking at the right time of the year."

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