In a vacuum, the first tournament of the spring season for the Alabama women’s golf team of Coach Mic Potter was very good. The trend, however, was disappointing.
Playing with some of the nation’s best teams at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., Alabama finished second. The problem was that the Crimson Tide had been in first after the first day and tied for first going to the third and final round.
Bama finished with a 54-hole score of 864 on the 6,017-yard, par-71 Palos Verdes Golf Club course. That was 12 over par and six shots behind winning Washington.
“In one sense this was a very successful event in that we beat some of the best teams in the country,” Coach Mic Potter said. “We were beaten by a very solid Washington team today, and they hit the shots they had to at critical times during today’s round. On the other hand, we had a number of errors over the past two days that cost us keeping it close at the end. We must go home and clean those things up if we are going to continue to compete for championships this spring.”
Going into Tuesday’s final round, Alabama and Washington were tied for the lead at 573 (+5). However, the Huskies would fire the best round of the day, closing with a 1-over 285 to claim the team title. The Tide’s final round score was a 7-over 291.
Senior Janie Jackson was Alabama’s top finisher. Jackson shot an even 71 on Tuesday for a three-round total of 212 (-1) to tie for second. Sophomore Lakareber Abe was +4 (75) for the final round, but still finished tied for fourth at 214 (+1). This marks the second top-five finish for both Jackson and Abe this season.
Freshman Cheyenne Knight carded the Tide’s best third round score thanks to her 2-under 69. That effort boosted her up the individual leaderboard, where she ended up tied for eighth at 215 (+2). Knight has posted top-10 finishes twice in her rookie campaign. Senior Emma Talley recorded a 5-over 76 on Tuesday, making her final 54-hole total an 11-over 224. Junior Cammie Gray shot an 80 (+9) on the final 18 holes for a three-day score of 235 (+22).
“I am very proud of Janie, Lakareber and Cheyenne for their top-10 finishes,” Potter added. “This gives all three girls something to build on this spring.”
Following Washington and Alabama, Florida ended up third with a total of 869 (+17), while USC placed fourth after a 54-hole score of 877 (+25). Duke and UCLA tied for fifth at 878 (+26).
Alabama’s next tournament will be the Allstate Sugar Bowl Championship Feb. 21-23. The event will be held at the English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans.