Women's Golf Top Seed In Regional

The NCAA has championship competition in every sport except, curiously, its biggest sport, major college football. For most sports, a team must first succeed at a regional level before making it to the championship event.

Alabama's women's golf team made it to the first rung in good fashion. The Crimson Tide of Coach Mic Potter was awarded the number one seed at the 2012 NCAA East Regional, to be played at Penn State University's Blue Course.

Competition in State College will be May 10-12 with the top eight finishers among the 24 teams competing joining the top eight from the other two regionals at the national championship event.

This is the seventh consecutive invitation to post-season competition for Bama. Last year Alabama won its regional and finished eighth in the nation.

The Blue Course is a par-72, 7,228-yard venue.

Potter said, "I don't know a whole lot yet about the Penn State Blue Golf Course yet, and we don't have anyone that has played it, so the bottom line is we have to go and focus on playing as well as we possibly can."

The NCAA Championships will be at the Legends Golf Club on May 22-25 in Franklin Tennessee. Alabama played the Fall Preview at Legends in September, posting a second place finish with a 15-over-par 879.

Since Potter's arrival at The Capstone prior to the 2005-06 season, the Crimson Tide has qualified for the NCAA Regionals each season and advanced to the NCAA Championships six consecutive years. The 2012 selection is the 14th NCAA appearance in school history.

For Potter, the regional berth marks the 19th consecutive appearance by a team under his direction. The Hall of Fame coach has now led a team to a regional bid in each season since the format came into existence in 1993. Among teams joining Alabama in the NCAA East Regional are No. 2 seed Arizona State, No. 3 seed and Atlantic Coast Conference Champion Duke, No. 4 seed Texas A&M and No. 5 seed Florida.

Jacksonville State is also one of 24 teams in the East Regional

South Carolina is the only other Southeastern Conference team to join the Crimson Tide and Florida in the NCAA East Regional in two weeks.

"We'll have the majority of our finals out of the way this week, which is the first time we haven't had to take finals early," Potter added. "We'll get out and play a few times this week and try minimize our time on the range in order to get on the course as much as possible to work on hitting and shaping shots."

Last season Alabama captured the NCAA East Regional title to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships. The Tide shot 2-over-par 866 to win its first regional title in program history.

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