The Alabama women’s golf team lost ground against the first place team in the NCAA Regional at Shoal Creek Friday, but the important thing in a regional is being in the top six teams to qualify for the NCAA Championship Tournament. From that standpoint, it was a good day for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama moved from seventh place after the first day to fourth as the Tide shot 12-over-par 300, which was the fourth-lowest score of the day in the second of three rounds among the 18 teams competing.
“It was only six shots better (today) but it feels a lot better,” Alabama Coach Mic Potter said. “The best thing is we played the last two holes one-under. Eighteen is tough but we had five pars so we saved some shots today where we were throwing them away yesterday. We got off to a good start before the wind got up and it played a little faster on the front nine.”
Alabama (306-300/606) trails first place Northwestern (296-294/590) by 16 shots heading into Saturday’s final round. Florida State is second (299-297/596) followed by Oklahoma State (301-297/598), Alabama, Tennessee (300-311/611) and California (307-307/614).
The top six team finishers at the Shoal Creek Regional will qualify for the NCAA Championships May 20-25 at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.
Freshman Cheyenne Knight had the low round for the Tide today with a 2-over par 74 and is tied for 15th overall at seven-over par for the tournament (77-74/151) along with senior Emma Talley (75-76/151). Sophomores Nicole Morales (78-75/153) and Lakareber Abe (79-75/154) are tied for 25th and 30th, respectively, while senior Janie Jackson (76-80/156) is tied for 46th.
Alabama will start Saturday’s final round in the first group off Hole No. 1 at 8:24 a.m. CDT Saturday. The Tide will be paired with fifth place Tennessee and sixth place California.
Alabama is seeking its 12th NCAA Championships appearance all-time and its 11th in a row.