Two Transfer To Tide

New Alabama Women's Golf Coach Mic Potter will be joined by two familiar faces when he opens his career at the Capstone this fall. Two standout golfers, Jenny Suh and Sarah Sturm, who competed for Potter at his former post at Furman University, have transferred to the University of Alabama.

The golfers will be eligible to compete for Alabama this fall after being given releases from Furman.

"This is a very flattering thing to me personally," Coach Mic Potter said. "To have two players think enough of me as a coach to move with me to go where I am is very meaningful to me. More importantly though, these players will mean a tremendous amount to this program."

Jenny Suh, who will be a junior after her redshirt year, was one of the most outstanding golfers in the nation in the 2004-05 season. The Fairfax, Va., native led the Paladins to the Southern Conference championship and a 21st-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships. Suh, named the Southern Conference Player of the Year in 2005, tied for 45th place in individual competition at the NCAA Championships.

Suh was named to the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-America second team as a sophomore after earning honorable mention honors as a freshman. She captured medalist honors at the 2005 Southern Conference tournament after being the runner-up in her freshman season. Suh notched 14 top-10 finishes in her two seasons at Furman while earning All-Region honors after her sophomore season.

This past summer, Suh put together a phenomenal run in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championships, as she advanced to the quarterfinals of the national event before being eliminated.

"Jenny brings us immediate benefits," Potter said. "When you have a player who is a second-team All-American and a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Women's Amateur, you have a player that can be a natural leader and somebody everyone can look up to."

Sarah Sturm, who will be a sophomore for the Tide next season, is a native of Spartanburg, S.C. She competed for Spartanburg High School, where she was a member of the boys varsity golf team for four seasons.

At Furman, she competed in 10 of 11 events as a true freshman, compiling a 78.52 stroke average. She recorded two top-10 finishes, including a ninth-place tie at the Southern Conference Tournament.

"Sarah was in the top five for us at Furman all of last year and was a really important part of our team there," Potter said. "She improved so much over the course of the year. If she continues to improve, she can be a great player for us at Alabama."

Potter will make his Alabama debut when the Crimson Tide opens the fall portion of the 2005-06 season by hosting the Ann Rhoads Invitational in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 18-20. 

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