The top-ranked Alabama women’s golf team will make the short trip to Birmingham for the SEC Championship, which starts Friday at the par-72, 6,195-yard Greystone Golf and Country Club’s Legacy Course. The Crimson Tide has four players ranked among the nation’s top 25 in college golf, headed by senior Emma Talley.
This will be the fourth consecutive year Greystone has hosted the SEC Championship and the second year the championship has been held on the club’s Legacy Course. Alabama has finished first (2013), fourth (2014) and fifth (2015) in the three previous championships at Greystone.
“I feel really good about our team,” Alabama Coach Mic Potter said. “I like the way we’re playing. We’re gelling at the right time. As there always is in the SEC, we’ll see depth and quality on all the teams. Florida is having a really good year, Arkansas is always good and Georgia is very good this year. The important thing for us is playing our best golf.”
Alabama has won the SEC title twice, first in 2010. In 2013, the Crimson Tide swept medalist honors with the team running away with the championship by 14 strokes over second place Georgia. Stephanie Meadow won the individual crown with an even-par 216, nine shots better than the next competitor. Three players return from the squad that finished fifth at last year’s championship. Emma Talley, who tied for 6th, Janie Jackson, who tied for 30th, and Lakareber Abe, who tied for 42nd.
As she did a year ago, Talley will play from the No. 1 spot to open the tournament on Friday. She will be followed in the line-up by freshman Cheyenne Knight, Abe, Jackson and sophomore Nicole Morales.
Talley, a senior from Princeton, Ky., is ranked No. 13 in the country in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Knight (18), Abe (19) and Jackson (22) are also in the Top 25 this week.
The tournament begins at 8 a.m. CDT Friday. The Tide will tee off with the third group of teams from 9:40 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. on Friday and will be paired with players from Georgia and Florida. Morales will be first off at 9:40, followed by Jackson, Abe, Knight, and Talley.
The SEC is well-represented in the April 12 Golfstat team rankings. In addition to the Crimson Tide sitting at No. 1, three other SEC teams rank among the top 10 – Georgia (5th), Florida (7th), Arkansas (8th). South Carolina (23rd) and Texas A&M (25th) also appear in this week’s rankings.