May 8, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama women's golf team qualified for the 2010 NCAA Championships on Saturday by finishing tied for third at the NCAA West Regional on the par-71, 6,103-yard Stanford Golf Course.
The Crimson Tide fired rounds of 295 (+11), 300 (+16) and 295 (+11) to finish at 38-over-par 890 to tie Texas for third place. Arizona won the regional with a 24-over-par 876 with No. 1 UCLA second at 33-over-par 885.
The top eight teams at each of the three NCAA Regional sites qualified for the NCAA Championships, which will be held at The Country Club of the Landfall in Wilmington, N.C., on May 18-21. Joining the Wildcats, Bruins and Crimson Tide out of the West Regional is Virginia, host Stanford, San Jose State and Texas A&M.
"This tournament was a survival test and we survived," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said following Saturday's final round. "This tournament challenged you with a strong field of teams and a difficult test of golf. Rhea Nair's 72 was big for us today and Brooke (Pancake) played a great round. Camilla Lennarth really battled on the back side today to overcome a 40 (+5) on the first nine to finish with a 74."
It marks a school-record fifth consecutive NCAA Championships appearance for the Crimson Tide. Alabama has qualified for NCAA Championships in each of Potter's five seasons at the Capstone after making only one previous appearance (1987) in school history.
Lennarth's 4-over-par total of 217 paced the Crimson Tide and gave her in fifth place. She made the turn at 5-over-par but posted three birdies and a bogey to shoot 34 (-2) on the back nine. It was Lennarth's sixth top-10 finish of the season. She opened with a 2-over 73 on Thursday before carding a 1-under-par 70 in round two.
Nair finished tied for 20th, which is her best finish of the season. Her final round 1-over-par 72 gave her a 54-hole total of 10-over-par 223. She carded a team-high five birdies in the third round.
Pancake fired her best round of the tournament with a 2-over-par 73 on Sunday. The native of Chattanooga, Tenn., was 1-under on her opening nine holes with eight pars and a birdie on No. 8 before shooting 3-over on the back side. Pancake finished tied for 30th position.
True freshman Jennifer Kirby closed with a 76 on Saturday to finish tied for 60th at 18-over-par 231. Senior Helena Blomberg tied for 66th at 19-over-par 232.
1. Arizona, 291-294-291/876 (+24)
2. UCLA , 292-296-297/885 (+33)
3. Alabama, 295-300-295/890 (+38)
Texas, 293-304-293/890 (+38)
5. Virginia, 291-305-298/894 (+42)
5. Camilla Lennarth, 73-70-74/217 (+4)
T20. Rhea Nair, 73-70-74/223 (+10)
T30. Brooke Pancake, 76-76-73/225 (+12)
T60. Jennifer Kirby, 74-81-76/831 (+18)
T66. Helena Blomberg, 75-76-81/232 (+19)