Alabama Women's Golf Is Second

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Alabama women's golf team shot a 4-under-par 284 in the opening round of the Mercedes-Benz SEC/Pac-12 Challenge on the par-72, 6,447-yard Holston Hills Country Club on Friday.

Alabama was led by sophomore Stephanie Meadow, who is tied on top of the individual leader board at 4-under-par. UCLA is at the top of the team leader board after a 7-under-par round of 281. Host Tennessee is in third place at 3-over 291 with Washington and Colorado in fourth at 295 with Auburn, Vanderbilt and Arizona tied for sixth at 296.

"Things started out a little shaky but we made some birdies when we needed to," Crimson Tide Coach Mic Potter said after the round. "The greens were small and fast and we haven't seen that this year, and I was very impressed how we handled it. We had a simple game plan and strategy and the girls stuck to it and were rewarded. There is a really good team (UCLA) ahead of us and we are going to have to put the petal down."

Meadow's round of 68 was her lowest of the season. She opened with a bogey on the first hole but responded with back-to-back-to-back birdies on the sixth, seventh and eighth holes. The sophomore from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, then birdied the 11th and 17th holes to hold a share of the first-round lead.

Sophomore Hannah Collier also broke par on Friday with a 2-under 70. She had an up-and-down round with seven birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey. She did not make back-to-back pars until the final three holes of the round and enters Saturday's second round in a tie for fourth place.

Junior Jennifer Kirby carded and even-par round of 72 with a strong finish to her back nine. She went out in 2-over-par 36 but turned it around with only one bogey and three birdies (11th, 15th & 17th) on the back nine to shoot 2-under 34. Kirby is tied for 15th.

Johanna Tillström was the Tide's fourth score at 2-over-par 74 and is tied for 32nd position. Senior Brooke Pancake was Alabama's drop score with a 75. She is tied for 46th after 18 holes.

Alabama will tee off at 10:10 a.m. (CDT) on Saturday and will play with Washington, Tennessee and UCLA.

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