Tide Women Defend SEC Golf Title

The Alabama women's golf team won the Southeastern Conference championship playing in Tuscaloosa. Though not on Bama's home course, the win did come in a familiar setting at NorthRiver Yacht Club.

This year Coach Mic Potter's Alabama team is a slight favorite to repeat as SEC champion, but Bama won't be the favorite of the crowd. The tournament is being played at the AU Club at Yarbrough Farms in Auburn.

Alabama is ranked third in the nation in the latest GolfWeek ratings. Bama trails UCLA and USC, and one can be sure Potter hasn't wasted any time trying to figure out how the Los Angeles schools rank higher even though Bama has played a tougher schedule and has a better record.

The Tide will be familiar with other ranked teams in the SEC Tournament. LSU is rated sixth, Tennessee 11th, Arkansas 13th, Georgia 14th,Auburn 18th, and Vanderbilt 19th.

Alabama has two players ranked among the nation's top 10 in junior Brooke Pancake sixth and freshman Stephanie Meadow eighth. Senior Camilla Lennarth is ranked 15th and sophomore Jennifer Kirby 33rd. The Tide's team is rounded out with senior Courtney Harter.

Although Bama's Pancake and Meadow are ranked among the nation's top ten, neither is favored for the individual title at the SEC Championships. Georgia Marta Silva is the top-ranked collegiate woman in the nation.

Alabama is coming off the championship of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at Georgia, the Crimson Tide's fourth championship of the year. One of those titles was at the NCAA Preview in Bryan, Texas, last fall. That's the site of this year's NCAA Championship tournament and most of the nation's top teams were defeated by Alabama in that tourney.

"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."

This spring Alabama has played four tournaments with two firsts, a second, and a third. Meadow has two individual medals and four top five finishes. Pancake has one individual title.

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