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Alabama wins NCAA women’s golf regional by 14 strokes

Alabama was only team in Regional golf tourney to break par

Alabama Coach Mic Potter’s women’s golf team has enjoyed its share of runaway victories over the years, and the Crimson Tide grabbed another one Wednesday at the NCAA Regional at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

The Crimson Tide was the only team to break par in the three-day tournament, finishing at 7-under over the 6,344-yard, par-72 course.

Alabama and the other five teams making the top six advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

The Tide put together its second consecutive 4-under-par round and cruised to victory. Bama was at 857, finishing 14 strokes ahead of runnerup Northwestern, 7-over-par. First day leader Michigan State was at 8-over and third, Baylor was fourth at plus-13, Clemson fifth at plus-20, and North Carolina sixth at plus-22 rounded out the six teams headed to the national championship tournament.

Among those not making the top six and the trip to the national championship tournament were three Southeastern Conference teams – host Georgia finishing seventh (plus-25), Tennessee eighth (plus-26), and Auburn 12th (plus-36).

Alabama’s Cheyenne Knight was 3-under-par Wednesday and tied teammate Lauren Stephenson for second place individually at 5-under-par 211. Freshman Kristen Gillman finished tied for sixth at 2-under 214, followed by Mia Landegren at plus-5 and Lakareber Abe at plus-15.

Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest was individual winner at 10-under-par 206. Kupcho, Laura Fuenfstueck of College of Charleston, and Maya Walton of Princeton qualified as individuals.

At the Columbus (Ohio) Regional, SEC teams included Florida and South Carolina, which tied for first at plus-22. Three other SEC teams – Arkansas, Texas A&M, and Kentucky – did not make the top six.

However, individuals qualifying from Columbus included Cara Goriel of Arkansas and Maddie Szeryk of Texas A&M.

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