April 19, 2009
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. - The Alabama women's golf team closed strong on Sunday in the final round of the 2009 SEC Women's Championship at the 6,204-yard par-71 Cobblestone Park Golf Course with a 3-over-par total of 287.
The Crimson Tide finished tied with Arkansas for second place at 26-over-par 878 with Auburn winning the team title with an 18-over-par total of 870. The Tide improved their score over each round. UA opened with a disappointing 300 (+16) on day one, but improved that by nine shots in the second round with a 291 and four more shots in the final round.
Alabama closed stronger over the final two rounds than anyone else in the field with a 10-over-par total of 578 on the final 36 holes. The Tigers shot 13-over 581 during that stretch.
"We were just too far behind after the first day to make it up, just too little, too late," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "The last two days we put together the best scores in the tournament, and I am proud of them for the way they responded after a bad first round. We lost some of the anxiety and nervousness and played good golf. We are getting better. When we make mistakes, we are figuring out what it is and correcting it. I'm very pleased where we are going into regionals."
Georgia's Marta Silva captured medalist honors at 3-under-par 210 and was the only player in the field to break par over the 54-hole event.
True freshman Brooke Pancake led a balanced Alabama attack that included three top 20 individual finishes with a 5-over-par 218 that included a career-low 69 in Sunday's final round to finish tied for 10th. Pancake's round included a 2-under par front nine with birdies on holes three and four and an even-par 36 on the back nine with two birdies and two bogeys.
Sophomore Camilla Lennarth also made a push up the leaderboard on Sunday with an even-par 71 to finish tied for 13th at 7-over-par 220 after entering the day tied for 23rd. However senior Kathleen Ekey went the other way on the leaderboard Sunday with a 7-over-par 78. She entered the final round in a tie for fifth place at 1-over par, but finished tied for 17th at 8-over 221.
Junior Rhea Nair just missed a top 20 finish on Sunday with a 1-over-par 72 that left her in a tie for 23rd position with a three-round total of 9-over-par 222. Helena Blomberg rounded out the Alabama lineup with a 240 and finished in a tie for 54th place at 27-over par.
The Crimson Tide will now await a bid to the NCAA Tournament and a regional assignment to one of three NCAA Regionals in Gainesville, Fla., Columbus, Ohio, or Tempe, Ariz., which will be held on May 7-9.