March 8, 2013
Results HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -
The second-ranked Alabama women's golf team overcame difficult early conditions and a challenging golf course on Friday to shot 13-over-par 297 during the first round of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at the par-71, 6,211-yard Long Cove Club and stay within reach of the leaders.
The Crimson Tide is four shots off the lead of Arkansas, which fired a 9-over 293. North Carolina and LSU are tied for second place at 11-over 295 with Vanderbilt in fourth place at 12-over 296. Alabama is tied with Tennessee and Arizona State at 297.
"It was cold and windy starting out this morning and we kind of got behind the eight ball early," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "We hung in there and kept contact with the leaders, which was important. This is a good golf course and you just can't make many mistakes. It was one of those days, but we have 36 holes left and it looks like the weather is going to be decent, so hopefully we can pick up some ground."
Sophomore Daniela Lendl paced the Alabama attacked with an impressive 2-over-par 73 that puts her in a tie for eighth place, five shots back of Arkansas' Emma Lavy, who shot a 68 on Friday. Lendl, from Vero Beach, Fla., shot even-par 36 on the front side and remained at even par after 15 holes, but back-to-back bogeys on the 16th and 17th and a par on 18 gave her a 73.
"I was excited about the way Daniela played," Potter said. "She has been a tremendous asset throughout the spring. She has really helped us at least once each tournament and she had it going today."
Junior Hannah Collier of Birmingham is one shot back of Lendl with a 74 and tied for 18th position. She was 4-over on her front nine, but rallied on the back with three birdies and two bogeys.
Senior Jennifer Kirby and true freshman Emma Talley both got off to slow starter but finished well with 4-over-par rounds of 75 and are tied for 27th. Kirby was 4-over at the turn but played the back nine at even par while Talley was 3-over after four holes but battled back to shoot just 1-over on her final 15 holes.
Stephanie Meadow was Alabama's drop score on Friday with a 6-over-par 77, struggling on the back nine with four bogeys and a double. The Crimson Tide will tee off at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday and will be playing with Vanderbilt and Tennessee.
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