May 21, 2011
BRYAN, Texas - The Alabama women's golf team shot its lowest round of the 2011 NCAA Golf Championship at the par-72, 6,260-yard Traditions Club in Saturdays' final round with a 4-over-par 292.
The Crimson Tide shot 41-over-par 1,193 over four rounds to finish tied for eighth place with North Carolina. The Tide carded rounds of 301, 303 and 297 to go along with Saturday's 293. It is the third top-10 finish in school history for Alabama and the second straight.
"We finally started making some putts on the last few holes," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "A lot of them were for pars, so that was a little stressful.
"The last two rounds they reacted very positively to what went on the first two days, and they started playing better golf. The expectations were pretty high coming in, and if we are going to be a top program we have to learn to deal with those expectations in a better way."
UCLA captured the team title with a 21-over-par 1,173 after shooting a 295 in the final round. Purdue just missed defending last year's championship with a second-place finish at 25-over 1,177. LSU's third-place finish was the top showing from the Southeastern Conference at 29-over-par 1,181 while Arkansas tied for fifth place.
Brooke Pancake led the way for the Crimson Tide in the final round with a bogey-free round of 3-under-par 69. She started on the 10th hole and quickly got under par with a birdie on the par-3 11th. Pancake then finished the back at 2-under with a birdie on the par-5 18th before recording her final birdie on the fifth hole. She finished in a tie for 19th individually at 6-over-par 294.
Senior Camilla Lennarth concluded her collegiate career with a 2-over-par 74 to finish in a tie for 32nd at 10-over 298. She shot rounds of 72, 79, 73 and 74.
"Not only is Camilla (Lennarth) a really good player, but she has been the glue that holds our team together," Potter said. "She has a great work ethic, she leads by example and has been a tremendous asset to us. When we signed her, we knew she was kind of a program starter, and she has been that."
Lennarth, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, finished her UA career as the Crimson Tide leader in tournaments with 44, rounds with 133 and second in scoring average at 73.59. She was a three-time first-team All-SEC selection and a two-time All-American with a chance to become a three-time selection later this evening at the NGCA Award Banquet.
"It feels almost unreal that my time at Alabama is over," Lennarth said. "It has been four years, and it has gone by so fast. It has been the four best years of my life. I really wanted to help the program, and I tried to be a good leader. Throughout my time at Alabama we have been able to grow as a program, from being decent to being one of the top programs in the nation, and I'm really proud that I have been a part of that."
True freshman Stephanie Meadow closed with a strong round of even-par 72 on Saturday to equal Lennarth's 10-over 298 and finish in a tie for 32nd. Meadow made two bogeys on her opening nine holes, but closed strong with birdies on her 10th and 17th holes (No. 1 and No. 8) to conclude an All-America-caliber season.
Sophomore Jennifer Kirby shot 77 in the final round to finish at 18-over 306 in a tie for 69th position. Freshman Hannah Collier carded an 80 to finish 105th at 26-over 314.