Not only is it difficult to win a national championship, it is very hard to get into position to compete for a national title. Alabama football made it almost to the end of the regular season. Gymnastics was a routine away from being number one.
Next up in national competition is the Alabama women's golf team, which won the 2012 national championship. The Crimson Tide opens play in the 2014 NCAA Championships on Tuesday at the par-70, 6,194-yard Tulsa Country Club.
It is the ninth straight appearance in the NCAA Championships for Coach Mic Potter in his nine years in Tuscaloosa. Alabama has registered four straight top-10 finishes, and captured the program's first NCAA Championship in 2012 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
The Crimson Tide is coming off of a second-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional and will play the first two rounds of NCAAs with South Carolina and Washington, who finished second at the NCAA East and West Regionals, respectively. Alabama's group begins play at 12:55 p.m. CDT off No. 1 on Tuesday. The teams will begin play at No. 10 in round two on Wednesday, starting at 8:25 a.m.
Alabama has a key ingredient in search of the national championship. Senior Stephanie Meadow, who will play in her final college tournament in what has been an outstanding career, leads the Crimson Tide. Bama has the same linup that finished second in the NCAA Central Regional, and it is only the second time this year the fivesome has made up the Tide lineup.
Meadow will be joined by sophomore Emma Talley, sophomore Janie Jackson, redshirt freshman Cammie Gray, and true freshman Mia Landegren.
The Crimson Tide played in the 2013 Dale McNamara Fall Preview at the Tulsa Country Club, finishing tied for fourth at 16-over 856. Southern California won the Fall Preview with an 8-over 848. Meadow led the way for Alabama with a runner-up finish at 4-under 206 that included a final-round 66.