Who kidnapped Alabama’s women’s golf team, the one that came into the start of NCAA Tournament play ranked first in the nation? That surely wasn’t the Crimson Tide that finds itself in seventh place at Shoal Creek following the first round of the NCAA Regional Thursday.
Oh, but that it was something so nefarious.
“We’re probably lucky to shoot what we shot,” Alabama Coach Mic Potter said after the round. “Just didn’t look like the team we’ve been all year. In the end, I still like our team even though we struggled. As it got windier, the greens got harder and faster, and then you’ve got to be real careful with your putting. We didn’t put any pressure on the golf course today.”
Alabama shot an 18-over par 306 and trails first-place Northwestern by 10 shots after the first round of the NCAA Regional at a windy Shoal Creek.
Individually, senior Emma Talley shot a 3-over par 75 and is in a tie for 15th place in the individual race. Fellow senior Janie Jackson (4-over 76) is tied for 25th. Freshman Cheyenne Knight (5-over 77) is tied for 33rd. Sophomores Nicole Morales (6-over 78), and Lakareber Abe (7-over 79) are tied for 45th and 55th, respectively.
Northwestern shot an 8-over par 296 to lead the field after the first day. They are followed by Florida State (299), Tennessee (300), Oklahoma State (301), Vanderbilt (302), and New Mexico State ( 303).
The top six teams at the end of the tournament will qualify for the NCAA Championships May 20-25 at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.
Alabama will start Friday’s second round in the first group off No. 1 at 7:30 a.m. CDT. The Tide will be paired with eighth place California and ninth place Clemson.