Tide Women's Golf Team Opens Winning

Williamsburg, Va. – The Alabama women's golf team captured its first tournament title of the season on Sunday with a win at the First Market Bank Intercollegiate at the par-72, 6,174-yar Ford's Colony Country Club.



Alabama shot a 33-over-par 609 to beat second place Richmond (617) by 18 strokes in the 36-hole event. Charleston Southern (630) finished third while Penn State was fourth (631).

Crimson Tide junior Rhea Nair, playing as an individual, won the tournament with a 5-over-par 144. Nair fired a 75 in the opening round and a 2-over-par 74 in the final round to capture her first career tournament title.

"It you look at the scores you might not think we played well, but I was pleased with how we performed in tough conditions," Alabama Coach Mic Potter said following Sunday's final round. "The greens were so bumpy and combine that with cold and windy conditions it was tough to score. I was pleased with the way we persevered in those conditions to get the win."

Sophomore Camilla Lennarth, who led after the first round, shot a 77 in the second and final round to finish in a tie for fourth place at 7-over-par 151. Senior Kathleen Ekey posted a 3-over 75 on Sunday to move up the leader board into a tie for sixth place.

Alabama freshman Brooke Pancake and junior Helena Blomberg finished tied for ninth place at 9-over-par 153. Blomberg fired a 74 in the final round while Pancake posted a 77. Sophomore Courtney Harter finished in a tie for 25th after a round of 78 on Sunday. Senior Laura Goodwin, who also played as an individual, posted her top finish of the season by tying for 11th at 11-over 155.

The Crimson Tide return to action on March 27-29 at the Liz Murphy Collegiate Classic on the University Club course in Athens, Ga.

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