Oct. 28, 2012
Results AUSTIN, Texas
- The Alabama women's golf team got off to a fast start at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational on Sunday, shooting a 4-under-par 284 to take the first-round lead on the par-72, 6,344-yard University of Texas Golf Club.
The Crimson Tide has a four-shot lead over Arkansas (E, 288) after the team's lowest round of the year. Arizona State is six-shots back at 2-over-par 290 with Florida (+5, 293) and Denver (+6, 294) rounding out the top five.
"It was a solid round today, but it wasn't spectacular until the end," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "We hung in there and hit some good shots and finally got things going a little on the back side at No. 14, playing it 3-under. This is a good golf course for us, and we managed the course really well for the first time this year."
The Tide was led by senior Jennifer Kirby and junior Stephanie Meadow, who are both tied for second place after shooting 3-under-par 69s.
Meadow played the front side in even par, but began making birdies on the back nine. She made birdie on the 10th, 11th and 15th holes. Kirby was 1-under on the front side with a birdie on the first and eight straight pars to follow. She made bogey on No. 10 but finished with an eagle-3 on the 14th and a birdie on the closing 18th hole.
Freshman Emma Talley is just outside of the top 10 after 18 holes of play. She shot even-par 72 and is tied for 11th place. Johanna Tillström is tied for 27th after shooting 2-over 74 to count toward the Alabama team score. Hannah Collier's 76 was dropped from the Tide's team total.
The Crimson Tide will tee off Monday at 9:45 a.m. for the second round. Alabama will be paired with Arkansas and Arizona State at the University of Texas Golf Club.
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