Women's Golf Cruises To Win

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – The University of Alabama's eighth-ranked women's golf team cruised to an 11-stroke victory at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday with a final round 2-over-par round of 290 at the par-72, 6,193-yard Championship Course at the Trump International Golf Club.



Alabama's 290 was the best round of any team in the field for the second straight day as Alabama compiled a 54-hole total of eight-over-par 872. The 872 ranks tied for the fifth-best 54-hole team total in school history.

The team title was the first of the season for UA and the first since the First Market Bank Intercollegiate in March of 2009. It marked the sixth tournament victory for Coach Mic Potter in his five years at the helm of the Crimson Tide program.

Fourth-ranked Purdue carded its best round of the tournament with a 4-over 292 to overtake Georgia and Oklahoma State for second place at 19-over-par 883. The Cowgirls (886, +22) shot a 10-over-par 298 on Tuesday to finish third while the Bulldogs (888, +24) fell from second to fourth with a 13-over-par 301 in the final round. Kent State finished fifth with a three-round total of 907 (+43).

Alabama had three players finish in the top 10 as Camilla Lennarth and Jennifer Kirby tied for seventh while Brooke Pancake tied for 10th. Oklahoma State's Caroline Hedwall captured medalist honors with a 7-under-par 209.

Lennarth, who entered the tournament ranked eighth nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, proved to be the steady hand once again for the Crimson Tide. She carded rounds of 74, 70 and 72 to move up the leaderboard each day for an even-par total of 216. It was Lennarth's fourth top-10 finish in five tournaments this season and gave her a team-best 71.85 scoring average.

Kirby, who opened the event with a scorching 67 in round one, rebounded from a second-round 76 with an 1-over-par round of 73 on Tuesday. The seventh-place finish was the best of her young career and lowered her scoring average to 72.85.

Pancake finished one shot back of both Lennarth and Kirby at 217 (+1) after a 1-over-par round of 73 in Tuesday's final round. She fired rounds of 75, 69 and 73 for her first top-10 finish of the season.

Helena Blomberg turned in her best round of the tournament with a 2-over-par 74 that counted as the Tide's fourth score on Tuesday. Rhea Nair shot 78 in the final round, but did finish in a tie for 23rd position with a 54-hole total of 11-over-par 227, which was her best finish of the year.

Alabama returns to action on March 12-14 at the Tiger/Wave Golf Classic at the English Turn Golf Club in New Orleans, La.

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