Alabama Women's Golf Goes West

The sixth-ranked Alabama women's golf team was awarded a No. 2 seed at the 2010 NCAA West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif., the NCAA announced on Monday afternoon.



"I thought we would be a No. 2 seed somewhere," Alabama Coach Mic Potter said. "I thought the west was probably the least likely because of travel. We just want to be in a regional. We want to go there with the attitude of not qualifying but winning the tournament."

The NCAA West Regional will be held on May 6-8 at the 6,115-yard, par-71 Stanford Golf Course and hosted by Stanford University. It is the fifth straight invitation to postseason competition for the Crimson Tide, who captured the school's first Southeastern Conference Championships earlier this month.

"Stanford has a great golf course and probably the best practice facility in the country," Potter said. "It should be a fun trip to the San Francisco area and a cultural experience for us as well. Now we will start practicing and getting ready for the Stanford Golf Course and its challenges."

The top eight finishers at the NCAA West Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships at the Country Club of the Landfall on May 18-21 in Wilmington, N. C.

Since Potter's arrival at The Capstone prior to the 2005-06 season, the Crimson Tide has qualified for the NCAA tournament each season and advanced to the NCAA Championships four consecutive years. The 2010 selection is the 12th NCAA appearance in school history.

For Potter, the regional berth marks the 17th consecutive appearance by a team under his direction. The Hall of Fame coach has now led a team to a regional bid in each season since the format came into existence in 1993. Joining Alabama in the NCAA West Regional is No. 1-seed UCLA, No. 3-seed Arizona with No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Virginia rounding out the top-five seeds.

LSU and Arkansas join the Crimson Tide out of the Southeastern Conference in the NCAA West Regional. The Tigers are seeded seventh with the Razorbacks seeded 12th.

Last season Alabama finished second at the NCAA East Regional to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships. The Tide shot 26-over-par 866 to finish four shots back of Denver. Camilla Lennarth led the way for the Crimson Tide with a 2-over-par 212 at the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida.

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