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Women's Golf Opens Play at NCAA Central Regional Thursday

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Emma Talley and the Crimson Tide begin play Thursday morning at the NCAA Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla.
Emma Talley and the Crimson Tide begin play Thursday morning at the NCAA Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla.

May 7, 2014

STILLWATER, Okla. - The No. 12 Alabama women's golf team begins play Thursday at the NCAA Central Regional on Oklahoma State's par-72, 6,200-yard Karsten Creek Golf Club.

The third-seeded Crimson Tide will be looking to earn one of eight bids to the NCAA Championships out of the 24-team Central Regional. It will be the Tide's second trip to the NCAA Central Regional, advancing to the NCAA Championships in 2008 with a sixth-place finish at the University of Texas Golf Club.

The regional, which runs May 8-10, marks the ninth straight year that the Crimson Tide has qualified for NCAA Regional play under head coach Mic Potter, the longest consecutive streak in team history, and the 16th overall appearance. The 2014 NCAA Championships are May 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

Alabama head coach Mic Potter's lineup will consist of senior Stephanie Meadow, sophomore Emma Talley, sophomore Janie Jackson, redshirt freshman Cammie Gray and true freshman Mia Landegren. It is the first time this season Alabama has started this lineup.

Meadow, from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, was both the SEC Golfer of the Year and the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year. She leads the SEC and ranks fourth nationally in stroke average at 71.24.

Talley was a second team All-SEC selection for the second straight year while Jackson is coming off a tie for fifth at the SEC Championship. Gray and Landegren are making their first start in postseason competition.

For Potter, the regional berth marks the 21st consecutive appearance by a team under his direction. The Hall of Fame coach has now led a team to a regional bid in each season since the format came into existence in 1993. Joining Alabama in the NCAA Central Regional is No. 1-seed UCLA, No. 2 Arkansas, No. 4-seed Arizona, No. 5 LSU and No. 6 seed and host Oklahoma State.

Along with the Crimson Tide, Razorbacks and LSU Tigers, the 24-team NCAA Central Regional boasts two other SEC foes, including Florida (No. 6 seed and Mississippi State (No. 11 seed). The remainder of the region includes No. 8 North Carolina, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 10 Miami (Fla.), No. 12 California, No. 13 Kent State, No. 14 Kansas, No. 15 Texas, No. 16 UNLV, No. 17 Colorado, No. 18 SMU, No. 19 Minnesota, No. 20 Harvard, No. 21 Lamar, No. 22 Wichita State, No. 23 LIU-Brooklyn and No. 24 Siena.

The Crimson Tide will tee off from the first tee box at 9:20 a.m. Thursday and will be playing with No. 1-seed UCLA and No. 2-seed Arkansas

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