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Alabama improved by six strokes in Friday’s second round of the NCAA Regional

Alabama is fourth going into Saturday’s final round of NCAA Regional at Shoal Creek

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.

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