If the Alabama women’s golf tournament was playing in the NCAA Championship Tournament, it would be unexpected for the Crimson Tide to be as low as 10th. Therefore, when the first day of the Southeastern Conference Tournament was over, it was astonishing that Bama was tied for 10th place.
Alabama came into the tournament Friday as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. When the first day had ended ove the 6,202-yard, par 72 Legacy Course at Greystone Country Club in Birmingham, the Tide was at a disappointing 7-over par.
“You have these days in golf,” Alabama Coach Mic Potter said following Friday’s first round. “That’s why the best player doesn’t always win. We had a bad day at the wrong time but we’re going to play 36 more holes the best we can and see what happens.”
Texas A&M leads the field after a 6-under par 282 on Friday. Arkansas is one shot back at 5-under par (283). Florida is third at 4-under par (284). South Carolina is fourth at 2-under par (286). Georgia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are tied for fifth at 1-under par (287).
Freshman Kristen Gillman led the Tide on Friday with an even-par 72 that included three birdies and a near eagle on 18 when her approach shot struck the pin. Gillman is tied for 19th in the individual race. Sophomore Lauren Stephenson and junior Lakareber Abe both finished at 2-over par 74 to tie for 36th while sophomore Cheyenne Knight and senior Mia Landegren both finished at 3-over par 75 and are tied for 44th.
Alabama will be paired with LSU in Saturday’s second round and will tee off beginning at 12:16 p.m. (CT).