April 18, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
After a four-hour delay to begin the 2014 SEC Championship on the par-72, 6,032-yard Greystone Golf and Country Club Friday, the eighth-ranked Alabama women's golf was still on the course when played was suspended due to darkness.
The Crimson Tide will finish its first round starting at 8 a.m. Saturday with the start of the second round scheduled for 10 a.m. The five Tide golfers were on holes 15-18 when play was suspended with Alabama tied for fifth at 13-over par.
Alabama sophomore Janie Jackson was closing in on her best round as a member of the Crimson Tide, leading the tournament at 4-under when play was called. She was playing the 18th hole, three shots clear of the rest of the field. Vanderbilt's Jenny Hahn is the leader in the clubhouse and the only other player under par with a 1-under 71.
"Janie is not finished with her round yet, but she has been really good," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said following play on Friday. "She really could have birdied 13 holes today; she hit it close all day. Janie is really long off the tee, and hits her irons very high and that is such an advantage out here. I've been waiting for this from her, I'm not surprised."
Jackson, a sophomore transfer from the University of Arizona, recorded a bogey-free 3-under 33 on the front nine with birdies on the second, sixth and eighth holes. The Huntsville, Ala., native's only bogey of the day came on the par-3 10th and she responded with two more birdies.
"It was a long day," Potter said, "Janie and Stephanie put together solid rounds today, but we have to have more consistent play from all five players. We put ourselves in bad positions today but simply making mistakes. We have to do a better job of staying in the moment, taking it one shot at a time and then hitting quality shots."
Senior Stephanie Meadow was also turning in a solid round at 1-over through 14 holes and tied for sixth. She has one birdie, on the fourth hole, while making bogey on the third and 10th holes.
Arkansas holds the team lead at 6-over, but like Alabama and South Carolina, the Razorbacks still have to finish the back nine Saturday morning. LSU holds the lead in the clubhouse at 7-over 295 followed by Auburn at 296 and Vanderbilt at 298. The Gamecocks are at 13-over and tied with the Tide in fifth.
Alabama then has a trio of players tied for 48th place at 8-over par, including Emma Talley, Hannah Collier and Daniela Lendl.
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