April 17, 2013
Alabama SEC Notes
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -The No. 2 University of Alabama women's golf team travels to Birmingham for the 2013 SEC Championship on April 19-21 at the par-72, 6,401-yard Greystone Golf and Country Club.
Greystone G&CC will be the annual site of the SEC Women's Golf Championship for the next four years (2013-2016). In the past, the event rotated between member schools with Arkansas (2012), Auburn (2011), Alabama (2010), South Carolina (2009) and Tennessee (2008) hosting in recent years. Admission for the 2013 SEC Women's Golf Championship is free to the public.
The 54-hole event commences with 18 holes on Friday, April 19, and finishes on Sunday, April 21, with the final round. The Crimson Tide is set to tee off at 9:40 a.m. (CDT) Friday, and will be paired with Arkansas and Florida in the first round.
The 2013 SEC Championship features six teams ranked in the most recent Golf World/WGCA Division I Coaches' Poll including No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Florida, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 10 Vanderbilt, No. 19 Georgia and No. 22 Texas A&M. Also competing this weekend are Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Head Coach Mic Potter will start junior Stephanie Meadow, true freshman Emma Talley, senior Jennifer Kirby, junior Hannah Collier and sophomore Daniela Lendl. The Crimson Tide boasts one of the deepest starting lineups in the Southeastern Conference, with four of the top 16 golfers in the SEC in terms of scoring average.
It will be a homecoming for Collier, a Birmingham native, and a member at Greystone Golf and Country Club. The home-course knowledge should be an advantage for Collier, who has a 73.91 scoring average this season. She is the only player in the SEC allowed to play Greystone throughout the year since she is a member. Greystone is a course that Alabama has practiced on in the past, but SEC teams have not been allowed to play since August of 2012.
Meadow enters the SEC Championship first nationally in scoring average at 71.43. Talley is the Golfweek National and SEC Player of the Week after capturing her first tournament victory last weekend at the PING/ASU Invitational with a career-low 9-under-par 207. She brings a 72.74 scoring average, sixth in the league, into play this weekend.
Alabama has won one SEC Championship, capturing the 2010 title at NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide have not finished outside of the top three in the last four championships, finishing second in 2009, first in 2010, second in 2011 and third in 2012. UA has never had a medalist at the SEC Championship.
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