April 11, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - The second-ranked Alabama women's golf team begins play in its final regular-season tournament of the spring this weekend at the PING/ASU Invitational on the par-72, 6,233-yard ASU Karsten Golf Course.
The Crimson Tide has won back-to-back tournaments at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and the Gator Women's Invitational and four events this year. Alabama is playing in the PING/ASU Invitational for the second time in school history after posting an eighth-place showing in 2010. The 54-hole event gets underway on Friday, April 12, and finishes on Sunday, April 14.
Along with the second-ranked Crimson Tide, the field includes: No. 1 Southern California, No. 3 Duke, No. 6 UCLA, No. 8 Arizona, No. 9 Stanford, No. 12 Washington, No. 13 Arizona State, No. 16 UC Davis, No. 22 Texas A&M, No. 23 Texas, No. 30 California, No. 32 No. 35 UNLV, Colorado, Oregon, South Carolina and TCU.
Stephanie Meadow will anchor the Alabama lineup, fresh off of a top-50 finish as an amateur at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the season on the LPGA Tour. Meadow boasts a 71.55 scoring average and is 2-under par for the season. She is ranked third in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
Senior Jennifer Kirby is the only Crimson Tide player to have experience on the ASU Karsten layout, playing as a freshman in 2010. She is third on the team with a 73.60 scoring average while freshman Emma Talley is second on the team at 73.30.
Junior Hannah Collier, who has started every event the last two years, is playing the No. 4 spot in the lineup with sophomore Daniela Lendl rounds out the lineup.
The Crimson Tide then return home for the SEC Championship at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., on April 19-21.
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