Tide Women Make Big Golf Tourneys

Jennifer Kirby is back in the United States Women's Open Golf Tournament and Stephanie Meadow is back in the United Kingdom for the Ladies British Amateur.

Kirby has just completed her sophomore year for the Alabama golf team, and Meadow was the first freshman playing for the Crimson Tide to earn first team All-America.

Kirby finished fourth at the U.S. Women's Open Sectional Qualifier at Crestview Country Club in Agawam, Massachusetts, to qualify for the 2011 U.S. Women's Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on July 7-10.

Kirby is one of 70 players to qualify for the 2011 U.S. Women's Open through the sectional qualifying process at 20 different sites across the country. She is also one of just 20 amateurs that will have a chance to tee it up at The Broadmoor in July.

Kirby finished with a 2-over-par total of 146, just four shots off the winning score of 142 by professional Alison Walshe. Kirby was of seven players to qualify out of the sectional qualifier at Crestview Country Club.

Kirby is coming off of her second season at Alabama where she helped Coach Mic Potter's Crimson Tide to its second straight top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships. The native of Paris, Ontario, Canada, has averaged 73.79 strokes per round in her two years at The Capstone. She was the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2010, a first-team All-SEC selection last year and a second-team choice in 2011. Kirby was a third-team All-America by Golfweek following her freshman campaign.

It is the second straight year for Kirby to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open and the fourth consecutive year an Alabama women's golfer has made the cut. Kathleen Ekey played in both the 2008 and 2009 U.S. Open.

Meadow will also be participating in the Ladies' British Amateur beginning Tuesday at Royal Portrush on the north coast of County Antrium. Royal Portrush is only 56 miles from Meadow's hometown of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland.

Meadow earned first-team NGCA All-America honors after a record-setting freshman season at The Capstone. Meadow not only broke Kirby's freshman-scoring record, but set the single-season school record with a 72.15 stroke average. She won a school-record three tournaments, including the NCAA East Regional, and shot par or better in 18 of 34 rounds.

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