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The No. 1 ranked Alabama women’s golf team will try to repeat as SEC champs

Sophomore Cheyenne Knight is nation’s ranked No. 2 in nation individually

The No. 1-ranked Alabama women’s golf team will be seeking to repeat its 2016 conference title at the 2017 Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Championship Friday-Sunday at the 6,195-yard, par-72 Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham.
The Crimson Tide will send out a lineup of sophomores Cheyenne Knight and Lauren Stephenson, freshman Kristen Gillman, junior Lakareber Abe, and senior Mia Landegren when play begins on Friday morning at Greystone.
Here are notes on the Alabama women’s golf team going into the tournament
Crimson Tide Boasts Three of Nation’s Top-15 Golfers
Sophomore Cheyenne Knight is the nation’s No. 2-ranked golfer in the Golfstat individual statistical rankings released April 18. Knight (70.41) is joined in the top 15 by two of her teammates: sophomore Lauren Stephenson (71.05) is 10th and freshman Kristen Gillman (71.14) is 13th. Knight (third), Gillman (fifth) and Stephenson (14th) are also among the leaders in the Golfweek women’s rankings released April 17.
Alabama Tops the National Rankings
The Tide is No. 1 latest Golfstat rankings released April 18. Stanford, UCLA, Florida State and Arizona State round out the top five of the Golfstat Relative Rankings. The Tide’s rating of 70.53 tops the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index released April 18. Alabama is followed by Arizona State (70.55), Stanford (70.64), Florida State (70.79) and UCLA (70.82).
Looking Back: Alabama Wins 2016 SEC Championship
The Alabama women’s golf team fired a final round 7-under par 281 to capture the 2016 SEC Women’s Golf Championship at Greystone Golf & Country Club. The title was the third all-time for the Crimson Tide. Alabama’s previous titles came in 2010 and 2013.
The 2016 title also marks the eighth consecutive top-five finish in SEC Championship play for Alabama, dating back to 2009.
“This is a group of girls, at the beginning of the year, we weren’t sure what we had,” head coach Mic Potter said following last year’s win. “Cheyenne (Knight), as a freshman, had a good junior career but hadn’t played like she has here. And to be as dominant as she has as a freshman has made a big difference. At the beginning the year, who knew? But the more we play, the better they get. I had faith they could come out here and shoot a low score. But Florida’s a good team and they can, too. All you can do is do your best.”
The Tide finished the round with three players under par for the day and the weekend. Freshman Cheyenne Knight led the Tide with a 3-under par 69 final round and finished third in the individual race with a three-day total of 212 (72-71-69). Senior Emma Talley finished fourth overall, one stroke behind Knight at 213 (70-73-70). Sophomore Lakareber Abe finished in a tie for fifth, two shots behind Talley at 215 (70-74-71).
Senior Janie Jackson finished in a tie for 13th with a 4-over par 220 (75-74-71). Sophomore Nicole Morales finished in a tie for 27th with an 8-over par 224 (74-76-74).
Alabama Head Coach Mic Potter
The 2016 SEC Coach of the Year, Alabama head coach Mic Potter has built the Alabama women’s golf program into a perennial SEC and NCAA championship contender. Under Potter’s leadership, the Tide women have reached the NCAA Championships in all 11 of his seasons at the Capstone and captured an NCAA title (2012), two NCAA Regional titles (2011, 2013) and three Southeastern Conference championships (2010, 2012, 2016). The Tide have finished in the top 15 in the last eight NCAA Championships, including a run of five consecutive top 10 finishes from 2010-2014. In 2015, Potter helped guide Emma Talley to the individual NCAA championship to cap off the 2014-15 season. Potter’s work at Alabama has earned him six SEC Coach of the Year awards.

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