Sept. 20, 2013
Results FRANKLIN, Tenn. -
The Alabama women's golf team shot 8-over-par 296 in the opening round of the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship on Friday at the par-72, 6,337-yard Vanderbilt Legends Club.
Crimson Tide senior Stephanie Meadow continued her excellent play with a 4-under-par round of 68. She is in a tie with Baylor's Hayley Davis atop the leaderboard. Meadow, from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, has shot in the 60s in three-of-four rounds this season.
Meadow started on the back nine Friday morning and played it in 2-under 34. After a bogey save on the par-3 fifth, she caught fire with three straight birdies to close her round.
"The momentum saver for Stephanie was getting up and down for bogey on the par-3 fifth hole when she hit it in the hazard," Alabama head coach Mic Potter. "There is a big difference between bogey and double bogey and that really kind of got her going for the finish. She is solid and always has chances, and she capitalized on those chances today."
The Crimson Tide are in an eighth-place tie with Duke, Michigan State and Princeton. Arizona State holds the first-round lead at 3-under 285 with UCLA and Vanderbilt tied for second at 1-over 289. Auburn is fourth at 2-over 290 with North Carolina State fifth (+3, 291).
Emma Talley, Janie Jackson and Cammie Gray all carded rounds of 4-over 76 to finish the day tied for 46th position. Junior Daniela Lendl shot 5-over 77 and did not count toward the team total.
"We need to make a lot less unforced errors going into tomorrow's round," Potter said. "We three-putted from places we should not be three-putting from, we missed a lot of shorter birdie opportunities and very doable up and downs. That being said, there are some opportunities out here and we have to stay patient. We have good players, so we have to keep getting experience, and keep working on our short games."
Alabama is first off the tee in Saturday's second round with an 8 a.m. tee time. The Tide will play with North Carolina and Michigan State.
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