SEC Women's Golf Is Tough Field

Same place, approximately same time, but don't expect the same result. At least don't expect Alabama's women's golf team to cruise to the Southeastern Conference championship as it did last year when the league tournament was played at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham.

Alabama will begin post-season play Friday when the Crimson Tide begins defense of its 2013 SEC Championship at the Founders Course at Greystone, a 6,050-yard, par-71 layout. The 54-hole event will continue Saturday and Sunday. Alabama will tee off at 9:20 a.m. CDT Friday.

Last year Coach Mic Potter's Crimson Tide won by 14 strokes over second place Georgia with a 54-hole total of 35-over-par 899. It was the second SEC championship in Bama women's golf history.

This weekend's field at the SEC Championship is one of the most challenging in collegiate golf with seven of the 14 SEC teams, including Alabama, ranked in Golfstat's Top 25. Arkansas holds the highest ranking at No. 4, followed by No. 6 South Carolina and No. 7 Alabama. Vanderbilt is ranked 13th, while LSU (No. 16), Florida (No. 19) and Auburn (No. 22) round out SEC representation in the top 25.

Stephanie Meadow became the Crimson Tide's first medalist since the tournament was started in 1981. She spearheaded Alabama's strong showing with an even-par 216 and finished nine strokes ahead of second place. Meadow leads the Crimson Tide in 2014 with a 71.0 scoring average and No. 3 national ranking.

Meadow, the 2013 SEC Player of the Year, will be joined by fellow senior and Birmingham native Hannah Collier, who is no stranger to the course. Collier is a member at Greystone and finished tied for 14th at the event a year ago.

Rounding out Alabama's lineup will be Emma Talley, Daniela Lendl and Janie Jackson. Talley returns to the lineup this weekend after missing the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic to play in the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship. The 2013 U.S. Amateur champions comes into the weekend with a scoring average of 73.57. Lendl has played in every tournament this year for UA and is right behind Talley with an average of 74.31 average.

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