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ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Jennifer Kirby posted a career-best 208 to finish tied for first place.
Jennifer Kirby posted a career-best 208 to finish tied for first place.

Oct. 30, 2012

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AUSTIN, Texas - The Alabama women's golf team finished tied for first place at the 2012 Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational on Tuesday at the par-72, 6,344-yard University of Texas Golf Club.

The Crimson Tide shot 2-over 290 in the final round and finished in a deadlock with Florida at 1-under 863 after 54 holes of golf. Arkansas finished one shot back in third place at even-par 864 with Arizona State in fourth at 5-over 869 and Tulsa fifth (9-over 883). Host Texas finished 27 strokes off the pace at 890.

"We didn't play that well early in the round today and got behind by as many as six or seven shots," Potter said. "I was proud of the way we battled back and fought until the end. We have a lot of things we have to work and clean up before the spring."

Kirby, a native of Paris, Ontario, fell in a playoff for medalist honors. It is the second time in her career to finish tied for first (2011 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic). She fired a 2-under-par 70 in the final round to equal Florida's Camilla Hedberg at 8-under-par 208. The 8-under total of 208 is a new career-low for the senior.

"Jennifer played great," Potter said. "It was a golf course that she felt very comfortable on. She was able to hit a lot of drivers off the tee and have short irons into the greens. She really putted well, which for her, usually translates into positives scores."

Junior Stephanie Meadow finished tied for third place at 5-under-par 211. She made a charge on the back nine with birdies on the 11th, 14th and 15th to get to 2-under par before carding bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes to finish three shots off the pace.

Birmingham's Hannah Collier fired her lowest round of the tournament with an even-par 72 on Tuesday. She closed strong with an eagle on the par-5 14th hole and a birdie on the par-4 15th. The junior finished tied for 35th at 8-over 224.

Freshman Emma Talley provided UA's fourth team score with a 4-over 76 in round three. She finished tied for 27th at 6-over 222. Johanna Tillström shot 79 on Tuesday and finished tied for 55th at 14-ove 230.

The Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational closed the fall schedule for the Crimson Tide, who get things started again on Feb. 10-12 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.

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