May 22, 2014
TULSA, Okla. -
The University of Alabama women's golf team shot 9-over-par 289 in the third round of the NCAA Championships at the par-70 6,194-yard Tulsa Country Club and are tied for 13th heading into the final round.
The Crimson Tide (+39, 879) is 23-shots back of Duke (+16, 856), who took over the team lead on Thursday with a 2-under-par round of 278. Southern California also shot 2-under in round three and moved into second place at 22-over 862. Oklahoma, who lead after the first two rounds, slid to third at 26-over 866 with UCLA fourth (+27, 867) and Mississippi State is fifth (+30, 870).
"We got off to a rough start," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "I thought starting on the 10th hole was ideal, so I was a little surprised with our start. We seemed a little nervous and tight early on."
The Crimson Tide made the turn at 8-over par on Thursday after making the turn to the front at 3-under in round two.
Meadow, from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, led the Tide with her lowest round of the week, a bogey-free 2-under 68. She made par on the first 11 holes of her third round before making birdie on the par-5 third hole and followed that with a birdie on the par-4 fifth. Meadow enters the final round tied for 11th individually at 3-over 213.
"The tougher the conditions, the better Stephanie is," Potter said. "She hits the ball very solid, it goes where she is looking, and she is a good putter. That is a good combination."
Cammie Gray and Emma Talley both shot under par on their final nine holes - the front nine at Tulsa Country Club - to overcome rough starts. Talley was four over at the turn, but birdied the first and sixth holes to shot 1-under on her back nine for a 3-over 73. Talley is 10-over 220 after three rounds in a tie for 41st.
Gray, from Northport, Ala., was 5-over at the turn with two double bogeys but rallied with a birdie on the 16th, first and seventh holes and a lone bogey on her closing nine at the fifth. The 74 was her best round of the week.
Landegren made five straight bogeys early in her round only to respond with back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th holes (her sixth and seventh) to make the turn at 3-over. She birdied the first hole to get back to 2-over but finished with bogeys on the sixth and ninth hole to shoot 74.
"I was really proud of Mia, Cammie and Emma after the way they got started, they really held it together," Potter said. "Cammie and Mia both shot under par on their second nine and Mia played very well."
Janie Jackson shot 75 on Thursday and did not count toward the team total. The Huntsville, Ala., native is now 9-over 219 after 54 holes in a tie for 35th.
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