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The Alabama women’s golf team is top seed at NCAA Regional in Athens, Ga.

Hall of Fame Coach Mic Potter taking team to post-season for 24th straight year

Familiarity breeds… Well, in the case of the NCAA Women’s Golf Regional Tournament, there is no escaping Alabama’s familiarity on several levels, and all of them should be good.
This year’s tournament is the Athens (Ga.) Regional, May 8-10 at the University of Georgia Golf Course. Georgia is host institution.
The Alabama women’s golf team will be the No. 1 seed at the regional the NCAA announced Thursday.
Regional play is familiar to Alabama. This is the 12th consecutive postseason competition for the Crimson Tide, which captured the national championship in 2012 at the Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
The course is one that Alabama plays every year in the Liz Murphey Invitational.
Alabama Coach Mic Potter will be making his 24th consecutive trip to post-season play with a team under his direction. The Hall of Fame Coach has now led a team to a regional bid each season since the current format came into existence in 1993.
“We were hoping for Athens simply because of proximity and familiarity,” Potter said. “The University of Georgia course is a great one. The greens are fast and undulating so you have to be precise and putt well when you play there. The course will play a little different from our trip earlier in the year for the Liz Murphey. We just need to do our job.”
The top six team finishers and top three individuals at the Athens Regional will advance to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms on May 19-24 in Sugar Grove, Ill., and join teams and individuals that will advance from the Albuquerque, N.M., Columbus, Ohio, and Lubbock, Texas, regionals.
 Joining Alabama at the Athens Regional are No. 2-seed Georgia, No. 3-seed Northwestern, No. 4-seed Arizona and No. 5-seed Baylor.
The 18-team Athens Regional boasts two other Southeastern Conference teams in addition to the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs: No. 8 Tennessee and No. 12 Auburn. Other regional teams include No. 6 Wake Forest, No. 7 UCF, No. 9 North Carolina, No. 10 Clemson, No. 11 Augusta (Ga.), No. 13 Kansas State, No. 14 Michigan State, No. 15 Troy, No. 16 Princeton, No. 17 North Florida, and No. 18 Quinnipiac.
Alabama finished sixth at the Shoal Creek Regional in Birmingham last season before posting a seventh-straight top-15 finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.


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