Women's Golf Opens Spring Play Sunday

The eighth-ranked Alabama women's golf team opens the 2010 spring schedule with a trip to the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on the par-72, 6,219-yard Championship Course at the Trump International Golf Club beginning this weekend. The tournament is Sunday-Tuesday.

"I think we have gotten enough golf in, and enough practice in that I feel pretty good about where we are," Alabama Coach Mic Potter said. "I don't think we should go to the tournament unless we are going to compete for the championship. I want to be there in the end this week and have a chance to win and hopefully we can get it done."

The 16-team field consists of nine teams ranked in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index top 50, including No. 4 Purdue, the No. 8 Crimson Tide, No. 16 Georgia, No. 23 Oklahoma State, No. 27 Florida State, No. 33 Kent State, No. 48 Texas Tech, No. 49 Iowa State and No. 50 Wisconsin along with Baylor, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Penn State and SMU.

Alabama's starting five will consist of junior Camilla Lennarth, sophomore Brooke Pancake, freshman Jennifer Kirby, senior Rhea Nair and senior Helena Blomberg.

Lennarth leads the Tide with a 71.8 scoring average through the first four events of the 2009-10 season, played in the fall. Her top finish was a third-place showing at the Landfall Tradition. Kirby is second on the team in scoring with a 73.1 stroke average and ranks 33rd nationally in the Sagarin Performance Index while Pancake is 68th nationally and third on the team with a 74.2 scoring average. Nair (76.8) and Blomberg (74.5) finish out the Tide lineup.

The Crimson Tide's next event is scheduled for March 12-14 at the Tiger/Wave Golf Classic at English Turn Golf Club in New Orleans, La.

Alabama will host the 2010 Southeastern Conference Women's Golf Championships at the NorthRiver Yacht Club on April 16-18.

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