March 15, 2013
Results GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
Alabama junior Stephanie Meadow
finished the first round of the SunTrust Gator Women's Invitational in a tie for first place at 2-under-par 68 on the par-70, 6,002-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course on the campus of the University of Florida.
The No. 2 Crimson Tide is one shot back of Oklahoma in the team race. UA shot 6-over-par 286 on Friday while the fourth-ranked Sooners shot 5-over 285 with host Florida only four shots out of the lead at 9-over 289. Miami (Fla.) is fourth at 10-over 290 with Oklahoma State and Mississippi State tied for fifth at 13-over 293.
"Stephanie is hitting a lot of fairways and a lot of greens," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "Her short game is always good enough that when she makes a mistake, she can save her momentum and go birdie the next hole. She is solid and we know that, but now we have to get better scores from our fourth and fifth players."
Meadow, from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, shot even par on the front side with birdies on the third and fifth holes followed by bogeys on No. 7 and No. 9. Back-to-back birdies on the 11th and 12th holes moved her to 2-under-par, and she finished with six straight pars to equal Virginia's Portland Rosen for the first-round lead.
True freshman Emma Talley also carded a top-10 round on Friday with an even-par 70 that left her in a tie for seventh place. She played the front nine in 1-over par but sandwiched a bogey at the 15th between birdies on the par-5 12th and the par-4 17th for a 70. It was Talley's third straight round of par or better and her ninth such round this season.
Junior Hannah Collier and sophomore Daniela Lendl were the Crimson Tide's third and fourth counting scores in round one. Collier is tied for 20th at 3-over-par 73 while Lendl shot 5-over 75 and is tied for 32nd. Jennifer Kirby was the Tide's drop score with a 76 and is tied for 39th.
The Crimson Tide will play with Oklahoma and Florida again on Saturday in the second round of the SunTrust Gator Women's Invitational.
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