March 16, 2013
Results GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
The second-ranked Alabama women's golf team moved into first place after 36 holes of the SunTrust Gator Women's Invitational Saturday on the par-70, 6,002-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course.
The Crimson Tide, who entered the day in second place, shot 13-over 293 to move past Oklahoma for a three-shot lead at 19-over-par 579. The Sooners carded at 17-over 297 and are tied with host Florida (293) in second place at 22-over 582. Oklahoma State moved into fourth place at 25-over 585 with Virginia (586) in fifth after the day's lowest round of 289.
"It was a peek and valley kind of round for us," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "We got off to a good start and built a pretty good-sized lead, but when the wind came up we struggled a little bit. We have to clean up our mistakes tomorrow and play like we don't have the lead, but we have to continue to be aggressive and intelligent."
All five Alabama's scores on Saturday were within two shots of each other with Hannah Collier, Daniela Lendl and Jennifer Kirby all carding 3-over rounds of 73.
First-round co-leader Stephanie Meadow shot 74 to slip into a tie for fourth. Emma Talley also remained in the top 10 individually in a tie for ninth at 5-over 145 even though her second-round 75 did not count toward Alabama's team total. Meadow is five shots back of tournament leader Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma, who fired a 2-under 68 in the second round.
Collier had the busiest scorecard on Saturday with four birdies and seven bogeys while rolling in just seven pars. She is tied for 14th after two rounds at 6-over 146. Lendl's 73 left her in a tie for 21st at 8-over 148 while Kirby is tied for 27th at 9-over 149.
The Crimson Tide will play with Florida and Oklahoma in the final round, which is scheduled for a shotgun start at 7:45 a.m. (CDT) on Sunday.
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