Women's Golfers Off To Good Start

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –The No. 8 University of Alabama women's golf team is in second place at the NCAA East Regional on the par-70, 6,023-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla., following a 4-over-par round of 284 on Thursday morning.

"I think it was the first time this spring that we have gotten off to a good start," Alabama Coach Mic Potter said. "Luckily, for us, it came at the most important time of the year. I was really pleased with how we played today. Camilla (Lennarth), Kathleen (Ekey) and Brooke (Pancake) were outstanding. You can't win a tournament in the first round, but you can definitely lose it, and I thought we put our self in a good position for the rest of the weekend."

The third-seeded Crimson Tide trails East Carolina by one stroke heading into Friday's second round. The Pirates entered as the regional's No.. 12 seed, but got matching 2-under-par 68s in the opening round from Abby Bools and Ana Maria Puche.

Eighth-seeded Vanderbilt is third at 6-over-par 286 with No. 6-seed Denver in fourth at 7-over 287. Top-seeded Virginia is fifth at 10-over-par 290.

Sophomore Camilla Lennarth paced the Tide on Thursday with a 1-under-par 69. She is tied for third position, one stroke back of the two East Carolina players. She scorched the front side with a 3-under-par 32 that included birdies on No. 2, No. 4, No. 6 and No. 9 with a bogey on No. 8. Lennarth was two-over on the back nine with a bogey on No. 11 and a double bogey on No. 13. She rebounded with a birdie on No. 14 and closed the round with four consecutive pars.

Freshman Brooke Pancake made a late charge in Thursday's opening 18 holes with birdies on three of the final seven holes to finish at even-par 70 and tied for 10th. Pancake shot a 2-over in the first nine holes with three bogeys and a birdie on No. 9.

Senior Kathleen Ekey concluded her first round with 11 consecutive pars to finish at 1-over-par 71 and tied for 14th headed into Friday's second round. Ekey carded a bogey on the par-3 No. 2 and then got back to even par on No. 7 with a birdie on the 526-yard par 5. She then bogeyed the par-3 eighth before beginning her string of pars.

Junior Rhea Nair posted an up-and-down opening round for the Crimson Tide on Thursday with 4-over-par 74 that included three birdies, four bogeys and two double-bogeys. She enters second round tied for 41st, six strokes back of the leader. Sophomore Courtney Harter shot an 83 in the fifth position for the Tide.

Teams will begin teeing off at 6:30 a.m. (CDT) with Alabama a part of the final group to go out at 11:40 a.m. (CDT) on the 10th hole. The No. 3-seed Crimson Tide will be playing with No. 1-seed Virginia and No. 2-seed Auburn. Live stats for the tournament will be available at golfstat.com

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