Tide Women's Golf Earns SEC Honors

In the somewhat rare category of "Legendary Job Security" is the story of Claiborne Farms in Paris, Ky. Being hired to paint the white fence that encircles the famous home of thoroughbreds means never having to be out of work. By the time the painter gets all the way around, it's time to start again.

It could be that trophy cabinetmaker at Alabama's Jerry Pate Golf Center, the home of Crimson Tide men's and women's golf teams, has the same kind of work schedule.

This week it's the Bama women's team trophy case that might need expansion. Alabama's second-ranked women's golf team was well represented in the Southeastern Conference's annual women's golf awards that were announced on Friday by the conference office.

Crimson Tide Coach Mic Potter was named the league's Co-Coach of the Year (sharing the honor with Kim Evans of Auburn) while senior Brooke Pancake was tabbed as the conference's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the third straight season – a league record. The Tide also had three first-team All-SEC selections with Pancake, sophomore Stephanie Meadow and junior Jennifer Kirby.

For Potter it was his third consecutive – and fourth overall – SEC Coach of the Year honor after also sharing the award in 2007. Potter has now captured 12 Coach of the Year accolades after winning eight times in the Southern Conference at Furman. He has led his teams at Alabama and Furman to 21 NCAA Championship berths and eight top-10 national finishes.

Pancake, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., leads the Crimson Tide in scoring average at 72.46 strokes per round and ranks fifth in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. She has three top-five finishes and four top-10 showings this season while finishing second twice — at the Tar Heel Invitational and the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.

Pancake is a four-time All-SEC selection, who was selected to the first-team in 2011 and 2012. She has maintained a 4.0 grade point average during her time at Alabama and will graduate today with a degree in honors marketing. Pancake is also a first-team Capital One All-America (2011) and winner of the Edith Cummings Munson Scholar-Athlete Award, which goes to the All-America with the highest GPA. She will play for the United States team in the 2012 Curtis Cup in June.

Meadow, a sophomore from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, was selected first-team All-SEC for the second straight season after posting a 72.69 scoring average, which is fourth in the SEC. She has captured two medalist honors in the 2011-12 season, winning at the SEC/PAC-12 Challenge and the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, to become the school's career leader with five first place finishes. Meadow is ranked eighth in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. She also will play in the 2012 Curtis Cup, representing the European team.

Kirby, who hails from Paris, Ontario, Canada, is second on the team with a 72.61 scoring average this season. It is her second first-team All-SEC selection and third All-SEC honor. She has four top-10 showings in 2011-12, including medalist honors at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic and tying for first at the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview. Kirby is 11th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and third in the SEC in scoring.

Alabama is the No. 1 seed at the NCAA East Regional that gets underway Thursday at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Penn. The top eight teams in the 54-hole tournament at the NCAA East Regional will qualify for the NCAA Championships on May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Course in Franklin, Tenn.

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