TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Heading into the Southeastern Conference Championship and coming off of one of its strongest spring seasons in school history, the University of Alabama women’s golf team received some national recognition this week, as the Tide rose to No. 24 in the most recent Golf World/NGCA top 25 poll.
Alabama had received top-25 votes throughout the spring, but had yet to move into the rankings prior to this week. The Golf World/NGCA poll is determined by the vote of women’s golf coaches throughout the nation.
The Tide has been ranked in the top 30 in the Golfweek poll, a separate tally determined by a team’s strength of competition throughout the season and holds down the 26th spot in the most recent rankings by that publication. Another poll, Golfstat, one that utilizes a computerized ranking system, has the Tide ranked 22nd in the nation.
“As far as the Golf World poll is concerned it means something to me because we are getting some respect from our peers,” head coach Mic Potter said. “You have to catch their eye to get noticed and over the last three or four events we have done that. The Golfstat poll is a little more meaningful to me because it factors in head-to-head meetings with other teams on the computer and that is a little more accurate to me. But moving back this high in all of the polls after a few bad tournaments in the fall means that our team has done a great job this spring.”
The Tide competes in the SEC Championship this weekend, April 20-23, on the Old Waverly Golf Course in West Point, Miss.
Alabama has demonstrated steady improvement throughout the season, culminating in four top-10 finishes this spring, the first time since the 2000-01 campaign that a UA team finished in the top 10 in all of its spring events. At the traditional Liz Murphey Intercollegiate in late March, the Tide put together a fourth-place finish while competing against some of the top-ranked teams in the nation.
Selection for the 2007 NCAA Regionals is set for Monday, April 30, when the Tide learns its postseason destination. Alabama qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2006 for the second time in school history and the first since 1987.