May 23, 2014
Results TULSA, Okla. -
The University of Alabama women's golf team shot its best round of the 2014 NCAA Championships at 2-over-par 282 to finish ninth on the par-70 6,194-yard Tulsa Country Club.
The Crimson Tide finished 41-over-par 1,161 for the 72-hole event to record the program's fifth straight top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships and the sixth overall.
Senior Stephanie Meadow finished her unparalleled Alabama career with a 4-under-par 66 to tie for fourth place at 1-under-par 279. Her 279 total is the lowest 72-hole score in school history and the second-best total in relation to par. Southern California's Doris Chen won medalist honors with a 6-under 274 with a final-round 67.
Duke outlasted Southern California in the final round to claim the school's sixth national championship. The Blue Devils shot 6-under on Friday for a 10-over-par 1,130 to edge the Trojans, who carded a 10-under 270 in the final round, by two shots (+12, 1,132). UCLA finished third at 25-over 1,145 with Oklahoma fourth (+27, 1,147) and Arizona State fifth (+30, 1,150).
Meadow, from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, leaves Alabama as the career record holder in almost every category. She finishes with a 71.89 scoring average, just 0.17 strokes above par per round over her 132 career rounds. Meadow won nine career tournaments - three times more than anyone else in school history - while carding 73 career rounds of par or better, 125 counting rounds (95.5 percent) and 404 birdies.
Meadow's final round consisted of five birdies and one bogey. She played the final 54 holes of NCAAs at 7-under par after opening with a 6-over 76. She also broke her own school record for single-season scoring average with a 71.22 average this season that bests her 2012-13 average (71.24) by 0.02. Meadow leaves the Capstone with the first, second, third and eighth best single-season scoring averages in school history.
Both Janie Jackson and Emma Talley recorded even-par 70s in Friday's final round. Jackson, from Huntsville, finished tied for 33rd at 9-over-par 289 while Talley tied for 38th at 10-over 290.
Jackson got off to a bogey, double bogey start but responded with three birdies in the next five holes to get back to even par and then finished off her final round with 11 straight pars. Talley, from Princeton, Ky., played her opening nine holes in 1-under par and then made birdie on the par-4 fifth hole to get to 2-under only to make bogey on her final two holes for a even-par 70.
True freshman Mia Landegren counted toward the team total for the fourth time in as many rounds with a 6-over 76 that left her tied for 105th at 24-over 304. Redshirt freshman Cammie Gray shot a final round 78 to finish 121st at 30-over 310.
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