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ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Mic Potter leads his Crimson Tide into its eighth straight regional.
Mic Potter leads his Crimson Tide into its eighth straight regional.

May 9, 2013

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The No. 2 University of Alabama women’s golf team travels to Auburn, Ala., for the 2013 NCAA East Regional Championship on May 9-11 at the par-72, 6,259-yard Auburn University Club.

The second-ranked and reigning NCAA Champion Crimson Tide is the top-seeded team in the 24-team East Regional for the third straight year. The regional, which runs May 9-11, marks the eighth straight year that the Crimson Tide has reached the NCAA Regional’s under head coach Mic Potter, the longest consecutive streak in team history, and the 15th overall appearance. It also marks the 12th appearance in the NCAA East Regional for the Tide.

SEC foe Arkansas is the No. 2-seed in the East Regional while UCLA garnered the No. 3 seed. North Carolina is the fourth seed with Virginia fifth and Big 12 Champion Oklahoma State sixth. Conference USA winner Tulane is the seventh seed with Texas No. 8. The top eight seeds in the NCAA East Regional Championship are ranked in the top 20 of this week’s Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

The top eight finishers at the NCAA East Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships at the University of Georgia Golf Course on May 21-24 in Athens, Ga.

The Crimson Tide’s lineup, which won the SEC title the last time out, is one of the deepest in the nation with three All-SEC selections at the top of the card. Alabama boasts four players in the top 64 of the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, with Stephanie Meadow leading the way at No. 2. Head Coach Mic Potter will start junior Stephanie Meadow, true freshman Emma Talley, senior Jennifer Kirby, junior Hannah Collier and sophomore Daniela Lendl.

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Alabama Cleans Up in SEC Postseason Awards
Alabama followed up its team and individual win at the Southeastern Conference Championship with a clean sweep of league awards as well. Crimson Tide head coach Mic Potter was named the league’s Coach of the Year for the fifth time (fourth straight), while and Stephanie Meadow was selected as the league’s Player of the Year and the conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. It was just the third time in SEC history a single player won both Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in the same season. Emma Talley was named the SEC Freshman of the Year while Meadow earned first-team All-SEC with Talley, Jennifer Kirby and Hannah Collier named second team All-SEC.

Meadow Leads Nation in Scoring
Junior Stephanie Meadow became the program’s first SEC Medalist as the Tide also rolled to the team title. She also continues to lead the nation in scoring average at 71.50. The Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, native is 4-under par for the years with 1,859 strokes in 26 rounds during the 2012-13 season. She has 16 rounds of par or better and seven rounds in the 60s. Meadow is ranked second in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance index and first in the Golfstat Cup. She has eight top-10 finishes in nine tournaments this year and five top-five showings.

Talley and Meadow Earn National Honors
In back-to-back weeks, true freshman Emma Talley and junior Stephanie Meadow earned Golfweek National Player of the Week honors. Talley, from Princeton, Kyl, won after capturing her first tournament victory at the PING/ASU Invitational with a career-low 9-under-par 207. Meadow followed with a nine-shot win at the SEC Championship. She shot even-par 216 to help lead Alabama to the SEC title.

Three Players in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index Top 50
Stephanie Meadow, Emma Talley and Jennifer Kirby all reside in the top 50 of the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. The trio holds down the second, 35th and 42nd positions, respectively, and rank first, eighth and 11th out of the SEC. Hannah Collier checks in at No. 64 nationally while Daniela Lendl is 139th.

Crimson Tide under Potter
Alabama head coach Mic Potter is in his eighth season at the helm of the Crimson Tide program. He has led the Tide to 22 tournament titles, including the 2012 NCAA Championship and the 2010 and 2013 SEC titles. This season, the Crimson Tide has set the school record for victories with six, capturing the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational, the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, the Lady Gator Invitational, the PING/ASU Invitational and the SEC Championship. Under his direction, the Crimson Tide has produced 15 medalists after Emma Talley captured the 2013 PING/ASU Invitational and junior Stephanie Meadow was the SEC medalist. Meadow owns the school record with six-career medalist honors. Overall, Alabama has competed in 88 tournaments with Potter at the helm and finished in the top five on 58 occasions and top three 46 times. UA has finished in the top two in seven of nine events this season.