March 9, 2013
Results HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -
Alabama turned in a much better round on the second day of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate but find themselves a little further out of first place at the conclusion of the second round at the Long Cove Club on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide's (+17, 585) second round was nine shots better than the first 18 holes at 4-over 288, but UA trails first-place Vanderbilt by seven shots. The Commodores (+10, 578) carded a second-round 2-under-par 282 to open up a one-shot lead on LSU. Arkansas is in fourth place at 23-over 591 while North Carolina and Arizona State are tied for fifth at 26-over 594.
Junior Stephanie Meadow and true freshman Emma Talley led the Alabama charge on Saturday, both carding 1-under-par rounds of 70. Talley is UA's top individual in a tie for eighth place at 3-over-par 145 while Meadow is tied for 13th at 5-over 147.
"It was a little warmer and the wind wasn't as high today, but on a course like this, just getting yourself acclimated to it is very important," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "I thought Stephanie and Emma played better today, and that was attributed to them both putting much better."
Talley, a native of Princeton, Ky., was consistent throughout the second round with three birdies, two bogeys and 13 pars. Meadow, from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, also carded three birdies and two bogeys for a seven-shot improvement over the opening round.
Senior Jennifer Kirby and junior Hannah Collier both carded 3-over-par 74s on Saturday to count toward the Alabama team score. Collier matched her opening round score and is tied for 16th at 6-over 148 while Kirby is tied for 21st at 7-over 149.
"We need to stay consistent on Sunday and that is really the emphasis," Potter said. "The architect of the Long Cove Club, Pete Dye, tries to visually intimidate you so we have to pick specific targets and trust ourselves. We can't worry about winning or losing, we just have to hit the shots."
Daniela Lendl was the Tide's drop score in round two with a 75, but she remains in the top 20 individually in a tie for 16th at 6-over 148.
Alabama will be in Sunday's final pairing with Vanderbilt and LSU. The final round is scheduled for a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. (CDT).
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