April 7, 2009
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 7 University of Alabama women's golf team earned a fourth place finish at the Sun Trust Lady Gator Invitational in the team's final tune-up before the SEC Championship on Tuesday, April 7 at the Florida's Mark Bostick Golf Course.
The Crimson Tide posted a three-round score of 918 (+78), five strokes behind No. 10 Duke and No. 6 Auburn who shared the lead after 54 holes before Auburn won the team title in a playoff. Alabama shot a final round 315 (+35) in blustery conditions at the par-70 layout on a day in which no team shot better than 22-over-par. Duke's Amanda Blumenherst won the individual title with a 222 (+12).
"The wind was blowing 25-30 mph but we have to play better than we did today," said Alabama head coach Mic Potter following Tuesday's final round. "We did a lot of good things; hit a lot of good shots. We just had way too many three-putts that nullified our good shots. We are going to have to go back and work on our putting. We were in position to win again today, and we let it get away from us. We are doing a lot of good things, and I think we are inches from playing really, really well."
Senior Kathleen Ekey notched her third straight top 10 finish and sixth in nine competitions this season, finishing tied for ninth at 227 (+17). Sophomore Camilla Lennarth came in just outside the top 10 with a tie for 11th after shooting 78 in the final round for a 54-hole score of 228 (+18).
Junior Helena Blomberg, competing as an individual, shot the low round of the day for the Tide with a 76 (+6) to land in a tie for 19th place. Freshman Brooke Pancake wrapped up the tournament one stroke behind Blomberg at 232 (+22) and finished tied for 22nd. Junior Rhea Nair shot her best round of the tournament with a 78 in the final round to finish tied for 46th and sophomore Courtney Harter posted a 79 to conclude play in a tie for 63rd.
Alabama's next outing comes at the SEC Championship on the Cobblestone Park Golf Course in Blythewood, S.C., April 17-19.
T1. Auburn - 306-305-310/913
T1. Duke - 298-305-302/913
3. Georgia State - 307-305-302/914
4. Alabama - 302-301-315/918
5. Florida - 304-302-321/927
T9. Kathleen Ekey - 73-71-83/227
T11. Camilla Lennarth - 78-72-78/228
T22. Brooke Pancake - 73-79-80/232
T46. Rhea Nair - 82-79-78/239
T63. Courtney Harter - 78-87-79/244
T19. Helena Blomberg (I) - 77-78-76/234