The fall season for college golf has only just begun, but there is the Alabama women’s team of Coach Mic Potter already looking like another national title contender. To be sure, it’s a long way until championship season next spring, but after two tournaments the Crimson Tide is ranked as the nation’s best.
After an astounding victory in its first tournament and a second place finish in a star-studded field in its second, the Crimson Tide's team score of 70.30 ranks No. 1 in the Golfstat statistical rankings. Florida State (70.53), Southern Cal (70.60), Arkansas (71.00), and UCLA (71.13) round out the top five. Alabama also tops the Golfweek ratings with a score of 68.98 with the Seminoles (69.07), Trojans (69.85), Razorbacks
Alabama will be off until Oct. 14-16 when the Tide travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational, hosted by the University of North Carolina at the Finley Golf Club. Alabama finished sixth in its last appearance at the Ruth's Chris in 2015.
The Tide opened the season with a school- and tournament-record 39-under-par in the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., to open the season. Bama’s final round in that tournament was 25-under-par, also a school record. Sophomore Cheyenne Knight, who has emerged as one of the nation’s top women amateurs, won the tournament at a school-record 14-under-par (68-67-67) and was followed by freshman Kristen Gillman.
But Bama isn’t a two-woman team. Junior Lakareber Abe had a Tide-record 9-under-par 63 on the final day in Franklin. And soph Lauren Stephenson contributed a 65 that final day as Alabama went 25 under as a team in the last round.
Alabama followed up its first tournament with a second place finish at the Schooner Fall Classic at Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Okla. Bama was 275-282-284 for 11-under par.
Through two tournaments, Knight leads the team with a 68.17 scoring average, followed by Gillman at 69.50. Knight has first- and sixth-place finishes, to start the year, while Gillman has opened her college career with second- and eighth-place finishes.