Women's Golf Notes: NCAA Championships

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Brooke Pancake and the Crimson Tide begin play at the NCAA Championships on Tuesday, May 18.
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Brooke Pancake and the Crimson Tide begin play at the NCAA Championships on Tuesday, May 18.
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May 14, 2010

Alabama Women's Golf Notes: NCAA Championships Get Acrobat Reader

Crimson Tide in Fifth Straight NCAA Championships

        The Crimson Tide will make its fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Championships under the direction of head coach Mic Potter and their sixth overall. Alabama competed in seven AIAW Nationals from 1975-81. The Tide is coming off of a tie for third place at the 2010 NCAA West Regional and is ranked sixth in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and third in the NGCA Coaches' Poll. Three Tide golfers, junior Camilla Lennarth, senior Rhea NairBrooke Pancake teed off in last year's NCAA Championships and will bring a wealth of experience into this year's event. It is the second visit of the season to the Country Club of Landfall. The Tide visited back in October and finished ninth with a 39-over-par score of 903. Alabama begins play on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 18, on the par-72, 6,368-yard Landfall tract in Wilmington, N.C. and sophomore

 

Alabama Cleans Up in SEC Postseason Awards

        The Alabama women's golf team followed up its first Southeastern Conference Championship with a bevy of postseason awards handed out by the Southeastern Conference. Crimson Tide head coach Mic Potter was named the league's Coach of the Year, while Jennifer Kirby was selected as the SEC Freshman of the Year and Brooke PancakeCamilla Lennarth and Kirby earning first-team accolades while Pancake was named to the second team. was tabbed as the conference's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Tide also had three All-SEC selections with junior

 

Tide Captures School's First SEC Championship

        The Alabama women's golf team captured the program's first Southeastern Conference Championship by surging to the top of the leaderboard over the final nine holes in the third round to edge Vanderbilt by four strokes at the par-71, 6,057-yard NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa. The Tide finished at 4-under-par 848 while the Commodores closed at even-par 852. Alabama's 4-under-par 848 was a 54-hole school record by both strokes and in relation to par. The Tide set the school record for single-round scoring in the second round with a 6-under-278. In the final round, UA shot 1-under-par 283. Brooke Pancake led the Tide attack with a 2-under-par 211 to finish tied for fifth. Helena Blomberg turned in another outstanding round of golf and produced the best 54-hole tournament of her career with a tie for seventh at 1-under-par 212, setting a career-low by five strokes. Jennifer Kirby came through with Alabama's low score in the final round with a 3-under-par 68 and finished tied for 10th at even-par 213. Camilla Lennarth finished tied for 16th overall at 2-over-par 215 and Rhea Nair tied for 44th at 14-over-par 227.

 

Trio Turning in Record-Breaking Season

        Alabama's trio of junior Camilla Lennarth, sophomore Brooke Pancake and true freshman Jennifer Kirby has given the Crimson Tide a dangerous combination at the top of its lineup. Lennarth leads the way with a 72.68 stroke average and ranks 13th nationally in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and fourth in the SEC. The native of Stockholm, Sweden, and 2009 honorable mention All-American has finished in the top 10 in six of her 10 tournaments this season and was a first-team All-SEC selection. Kirby, a native of Paris, Ontario, Canada, had one of the most decorated summers by an amateur in Canadian history in 2009 and has carried that success over to the collegiate level with a first-team All-SEC nod. She is second on the team with a 73.36 scoring average that is currently the lowest by a freshman in school history, edging the mark of 74.06 set by Pancake last season. Kirby also ranks 26th in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and eighth in the SEC. Pancake enters this weekend third on the team with a 73.82 stroke average and ranks 40th nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. She finished tied for fifth at the SEC Championships with a 66 in round two.

 

Last Time Out

        Alabama finished tied for third at the NCAA West Regional to earn its fifth straight trip to the NCAA Championships. The Tide fired rounds of 295 (+11), 300 (+16) and 295 (+11) to finish off the pace of Arizona at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. UA placed two golfers inside the top 20 with Camilla Lennarth finishing fifth at 4-over 217 and Rhea Nair at 10-over 223.

 

Freshman Turning Heads

        True freshman Jennifer Kirby became Alabama's first SEC Freshman of the Year in 2010. In 10 tournaments as a true freshman, Kirby has logged seven top-20 finishes and three top-10 showings, including a tie for 10th at the SEC Championship. She ranks eighth in the Southeastern Conference in scoring and first among all freshman with a 73.36 scoring average. Kirby's top finish was a runner-up showing at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic while her lowest scores came at the SEC Championship where she finished at even-par 213 over 54 holes.

 

Lennarth Among the Best in the SEC

        Alabama junior Camilla Lennarth has come into her own during the 2009-10 season. She ranks 13th in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and has been a steady hand anchoring the Crimson Tide lineup. She has finished in the top 11 in seven of her 10 tournaments this season and hasn't finished outside the top 25. Her top showing was a tie for third place at the NCAA Preview, shooting even-par 216 at the Country Club of Landfall. Lennarth boasts a 72.68 stroke average, which is currently the lowest in school history and the fourth-best in the SEC this season. She has carded nine rounds under par this season, five rounds in the 60s - with a low of 68 - and 15 rounds at even par or better.

 

Foreign Flavor

        Alabama's starting lineup for the 2010 NCAA Championship has four foreign born players in the starting lineup. The lone American is Chattanooga, Tenn., native Brooke Pancake. The Crimson Tide will start two Swedish players in Camilla Lennarth (Stockholm, Sweden) and Helean Blomberg (Uppsala, Sweden), a Canadian Jennifer Kirby (Paris, Ontario, Canada) and Rhea Nair, who is from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

 

Crimson Tide Under Potter

        Alabama head coach Mic Potter is in his fifth season at the helm of the Crimson Tide program. He has led the Tide to six tournament titles, including two championships this season at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic and the school's first SEC Championship. The Tide has advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of Potter's first five years at the Capstone. He has coached 13 All-America honors, including five during his time in Tuscaloosa. Under his direction, the Crimson Tide has produced seven medalists after Kathleen Ekey's win at the 2009 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. Overall, Alabama has competed in 56 tournaments with Potter at the helm and finished in the top five on 30 occasions (54 percent). UA has finished either first or second 14 times during that period.