The Alabama women’s golf team of Coach Mic Potter opened its spring season in impressive fashion Sunday, taking a seven-stroke lead in the first round of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif.
The Crimson Tide had an impressive team score of 6-under 278 on the par-71, 6,017-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club.
Senior Janie Jackson paced Alabama, which had four players end the round without a hole of worse than bogey. Jackson fired three birdies to go along with a par on the other 15 holes. She ended the day with a 3-under 68, tying her for the best individual opening round of the event.
Sophomore Lakareber Abe and freshman Cheyenne Knight both shot five birdies for the round, as Abe carded a 2-under 69 and Knight finished with a 1-under 70. Senior Emma Talley recorded three birdies and three bogeys for an even 71. Junior Cammie Gray shot an eight-over 79 on Sunday.
Alabama was the only team with an opening round total under par. Duke and Washington are tied for second at 285 (+1), while Florida is fourth at 287 (+3) and North Carolina sits fifth at 288 (+4).
The Tide tees off on Monday beginning at 12:12 p.m. CST and has been paired with the Blue Devils, Huskies and Gators.