Crimson Tide Vault up Leader Board at UCF Challenge

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Kathleen Ekey shot a 71 on Monday to move into a tie for 27th at the UCF Challenge.
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Kathleen Ekey shot a 71 on Monday to move into a tie for 27th at the UCF Challenge.
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March 9, 2009

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SORRENTO, Fla. - The No. 5 University of Alabama women's golf team shot a 1-over-par 289 on Monday during the second round of the UCF Challenge at the par-72, 6,356-yard Red Tail Country Club to climb seven spots in the standings to seventh place.

"Today could have been a little better but it was much better than yesterday," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said following Monday' second round. "We had ourselves in position but the winds picked up, and we just weren't able to finish off the round. We've got one more round, and we need to keep the momentum and try to finish this tournament off the right way."

The Crimson Tide enter Tuesday's final round in seventh place at 10-over-par 586, just two strokes out of fifth place. No. 2 Arizona State (568) took a 1-shot lead over No. 1 UCLA on Monday in the team race with their second straight 4-under 284. UCLA (569) shot a 1-under 287 in the second round while No. 5 Oklahoma State shot 1-over on Monday and is in third place at 1-under-par 575 for the tournament.

Tide freshman Brooke Pancake continues to pace Alabama with her second consecutive 1-under-par 71. She is tied for 12th place at 2-under 142 for the tournament. Pancake started her second round on No. 10 and really got her day going with back-to-back birdies on No. 15 and 16. She made the turn at 1-under par and then shot an even-par 36 on her final nine holes with a birdie and a bogey.

"Brooke has played really solid in the first two rounds," Potter said. "She isn't making mistakes, hitting the ball in the middle of the fairway, finding the green in regulation and then dropping a few puts as well."

Kathleen Ekey and Camilla Lennarth rebounded with solid rounds on Monday. Ekey shot a 1-under 71 to move into a tie for 29th place after an opening round 75. Lenarth fired an even-par 72 in the second round to move into a tie for 47th position at 5-over-par 149.

Sophomore Courtney Harter is also in the group tied for 47th at 149 for the tournament after a 75 on Monday that saw her bogey five of her final seven holes after reaching 2-unde after 11 holes.

Rhea Nair shot an 83 in the second round and is tied for 91st. Laura Goodwin, who is competing as an individual, is tied for 65th after firing a 76 on Monday.

Florida's Jessica Yadloczky leads the medalist race for the second straight day after a 2-under-par 70 in the second round put her at 8-under-par 136 after two rounds. Tennessee's Nicole Smith remains two shots back in second place at 6-under 138 after a 70 on Monday.

Alabama will tee off at 7:39 a.m. CDT on Tuesday for the final round and play with North Carolina and Pepperdine. Live stats will be available at golfstat.com.