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Alabama’s women’s golf team reclaimed the nation’s top ranking, now faces tough field

Alabama is coming off its third women’s golf championship and playing at Arizona State

The top-ranked Alabama women’s golf team faces a quick turnaround from last weekend’s championship in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., heading to the desert this weekend to compete in the PING/ASU Invitational. The tournament, hosted by Arizona State, will be held on the par-72, 6,337-yard ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe Friday through Sunday.

The Crimson Tide is looking to build off its victory at the Liz Murphey. Senior Emma Talley, who was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, and sophomore Lakareber Abe led Bama to victory in Georgia and to the top of the nation’s standings. It is the second time this season the Tide has sat atop the rankings.

Senior Janie Jackson, sophomore Nicole Morales, and freshman Cheyenne Knight all had key wins in the match play portion of last week’s tournament. Bama defeated then-sixth-ranked UCLA for the championship.

Coach Mic Potter’s Crimson Tide has three titles this season, two this spring.

For the third consecutive tournament, Alabama’s lineup will consist of Abe, Jackson, Knight, Morales and Talley. Additionally, junior Cammie Gray will be competing as an individual in Tempe.

The PING/ASU field is composed of 14 teams, seven of which are ranked in the nation’s top 25. The field includes No. 10 Arizona, No. 11 Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Denver, Hawaii, No. 4 Northwestern, Oregon State, Texas, No. 3 UCLA, No. 17 UNLV, No. 13 Washington, and Washington State.

The Tide has been paired with host Arizona State and Washington in a group that will tee off from hole No. 10 beginning at 10:54 a.m. CDT.

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