Tide's Best Round Good For 11th

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Alabama put together its best score of the week in the final round of the 2009 NCAA Women's Golf Championships at the par-72, 6,443-yard Caves Valley Golf Club with an 11-over-par 299.

The Crimson Tide finished tied for 11th at 65-over-par 1,216, just one shot behind Purdue for 10th place.

"The key for us was to drive the ball straight this week, and I didn't think we did as good as a job as we could have," Alabama Coach Mic Potter said. "When you miss the fairway out here it is going to cost you at least one stroke and that was probably the difference this week. I thought we put together a pretty good round today, but you hate to see us miss the top 10 by a stroke."

Freshman Brooke Pancake paced the Crimson Tide with a scorching 4-under-par 68, which was the second-lowest round by any individual in the field over the four-round championship. It was a career-best round for Pancake, who posted six birdies on the round and two bogeys.

The Chattanooga, Tenn., native carded birdies on the 10th, 16th, 17th, 1st, 3rd and 5th holes while bogeying the 11th and 9th. She finished tied for 32nd for the 72-hole tournament at 14-over 302.

"It was very exciting today," Pancake said. "I came out with a totally different mindset today and just played fearless golf. I just picked a target and tired to swing at it. I started off a little rocky, but I just felt like I had to help the team and get it going. I had put together the prettiest rounds of golf the first three days, and I just came out today and fought with everything I had. It ended up being a pretty good day."

Senior Kathleen Ekey was the Crimson Tide's low golfer for the week, finishing tied for 25th at 12-over-par 300. Ekey fired a 3-over 75 in the final round that included a double-bogey on her final collegiate hole. She had birdied the previous two holes before hitting her drive in the bunker on No.. 9 and having to blast out. Ekey carded rounds of 75, 78, 72 and 75 in her final event for Alabama.

"Kathleen has meant so much to this program," Potter said. "You hate to see her go, but in two years she put together one of the best careers of any Alabama golfer."

Sophomore Camilla Lennarth finished tied for 39th at 16-over-par 304. The Stockholm, Sweden native shot a 4-over 76 on Friday and finished with a 15-foot putt for par on her final hole of the day.

Sophomore Courtney Harter finished tied for 82nd overall at 26-over 314 after shooting an 80 in the final round. Rhea Nair finished tied for 15th at 39-over 327 with an 86 on Friday.

Arizona State captured the team title at 30-over-par 1,182 with UCLA second at 38-over 1,190 and Southern California third at 39-over 1,191. Oklahoma State (+47) was fourth with Denver (+54) rounding out the top five. Purdue's Maria Hernandez captured medalist honors at 1-over 289 after USC's Jennifer Song double-bogeyed her final hole.

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