May 21, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Alabama women's golf team climbed into a tie for 11th place Wednesday with a 5-over 285 in the second round of the NCAA Championships at the par-70 6,194-yard Tulsa Country Club.
The Crimson Tide (+30, 590) is 15-shots back of Oklahoma (+15,575), who will hold the second-round lead when play is complete in round two. The Tide is just six shots out of the top five with Duke in second at 18-over 578 while Arizona State is third (+20, 580). UCLA, Arizona and Southern California are tied for fourth at 24-over 584.
"I think we did what we talked about yesterday," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "Everyone had a plan on every hole, maybe in a couple of cases it wasn't the right plan, but we executed better and the wind was down.
"It is all about positioning, and we are still 15 back, but you never know. All we can do is our best and the first day I don't think we were doing our best because we were not committed to the shots. Today I felt like we were more committed to the shots."
Conditions at the Tulsa Country Club remained challenging, but improved as the Crimson Tide teed off in the morning flight Wednesday. Winds blew between 15-20 miles per hour with gusts around 25 mph.
Janie Jackson and senior Stephanie Meadow led Alabama with 1-under-par rounds of 69 while sophomore Emma Talley birdied her final hole of the day - No. 9 - to shoot even par 70. Jackson is tied for 18th while Meadow is tied for 24th.
Jackson, from Huntsville, Ala., blistered her opening nine holes at 4-under 31, highlighted by an eagle 2 on the par 4 275-yard 13th hole. The long-hitting sophomore left her drive 10 inches short of the cup for a tap-in. She also made birdie on the 12th and 16th holes. Jackson made two more birdies on her closing nine holes, but added in a double bogey on the second and bogeys on the first, fourth and eighth holes.
Meadow, from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, carded three birdies and two bogeys en route to her 69. She closed with birdies on the third and seventh (her 12th and 16th holes) to get into red figures. Talley, from Princeton, Ky., made birdie on two of her final three holes to shoot even-par 70.
Jackson leads all Alabama players at 4-over 144 with Meadow close behind at 5-over 145 and Talley at 7-over 147 in a tie for 38th. True freshman Mia Landegren was the Tide's fourth counting score again in round two with a 7-over 77. Cammie Gray's 79 was dropped from the team total.
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