Meadow Medalist, Tide Takes Tourney

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Alabama's second-ranked women's golf team closed out its second and final round on Sunday to secure the team title at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate on the par-71, 6,160-yard Long Cove Club.

Rain halted play Saturday and forced the conclusion of the second round to be played Sunday morning, which also caused the third round to be canceled. Alabama had a little less than half of a round to complete on Sunday to earn its second tournament title of the season. Bama shot 1-over par on Sunday to post a second-round score of 1-under-par 283 for a 36-hole total of 3-over 571.

Sophomore Stephanie Meadow captured medalist honors while teammate Brooke Pancake finish three strokes behind in second place. The Crimson Tide beat second-place North Carolina by 11 strokes as the Tar Heels finished at 14-over 582. Vanderbilt posted a third-place finish at 25-over 596 while Central Florida (596) and Virginia (598) rounded out the top five. Georgia (600) finished sixth while host South Carolina (604) was eighth, Tennessee (608) tied for ninth and Arkansas (617) tied for 11th.

Meadow, a native of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, posted a 1-under-par 70 in her final round to garner her fifth medalist honor in 17 career tournaments. The five career medalist honors are two more than any other player in Crimson Tide history. Meadow opened with a 4-under-par 67 in round one on Friday and made it to 2-under on her second round Saturday before play was halted due to lightening. She made an early birdie Sunday to get to 3-under par but back-to-back bogeys on the 13th and 14th and four pars on the way in gave her a 70 and a three-shot win.

Pancake, a senior, resumed her second round on Sunday at 1-under par through 12 holes. She added a birdie on the par-4 16th hole to take sole possession of second place and finished with a 2-under 69 in round two and a 36-hole total of 2-under 140. Pancake has finished in the top five in three of the Tide's six tournaments this season.

Sophomore Hannah Collier shot even-par 71 in her second round to post her second top 10 finish of the season at 3-over 145. Junior Jennifer Kirby shot 2-over 73 in round two to finish in a tie for 20th at 8-over 150. True freshman Johanna Tillström shot 76 in round one and 77 in round two to tie for 33rd at 11-over 153.

Alabama is off for almost two weeks before playing in the Gator Women's Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla., on March 16-18.

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