May 20, 2013
NCAA Championship Notes
Crimson Tide Makes Eighth Straight NCAA Championship Appearance
The No. 2 University of Alabama women’s golf team makes its eighth straight appearance at the NCAA Championships and returns as the reigning National Champions. The NCAA Championships will be played on May 21-24 at the par-72, 6,372-yard University of Georgia Golf Course. The Crimson Tide is coming off of a convincing win at the NCAA East Regional Championship and will play the first two rounds with top-ranked Southern California and third-ranked Duke, winners of the NCAA West and Central Regionals, respectively. The lead group is slated for a 11:03 p.m. (CDT) tee time off No. 1 on Tuesday, May 21, and will then go off No. 10 in round two on Wednesday, May 22, at 6:30 a.m. (CDT). The Crimson Tide’s lineup, which also won the SEC Championship, is one of the deepest in the nation with four All-SEC selections at the top of the card. Head Coach Mic Potter will start junior Stephanie Meadow, true freshman Emma Talley, senior Jennifer Kirby, junior Hannah Collier and sophomore Daniela Lendl.
The Final Two Rounds of the NCAA Championships Will be Webcast at NCAA.com
The final two rounds of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships (Thursday-Friday, May 23-24) will be webcast at NCAA.com, beginning at 11 a.m. (CDT). Coverage will continue through the final putt of both rounds. The NCAA.com will have tee-to-green coverage of No. 17 and No. 18 along with additional coverage of the No. 9 green as warranted.
Crimson Tide Making Ninth Visit to NCAA Championships
The Alabama women’s golf team is making its eighth straight appearance in the NCAA Championships under the direction of head coach Mic Potter and their ninth overall. Alabama also competed in seven AIAW Nationals from 1975-81. The Tide captured the program’s first NCAA Championship last season at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. Alabama finished third at the 2010 NCAA Championship and tied for eighth in 2011. Three Crimson Tide golfers bring a wealth of NCAA Championship experience into the University of Georgia Golf Course with senior Jennifer Kirby teeing it up for the fourth time and juniors Stephanie Meadow and Hannah Collier making their third trip to nationals. It is the second visit of the season to the University of Georgia Golf Course, a site UA visits every year for the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. Alabama finished second at the 2012 Liz Murphey Fall Preview with a 16-over-par total of 880. The Tide also finished second at the Fall Preview in 2011. UA had two players finish in the top 10 with Stephanie Meadow and Hannah Collie tying for 10th while freshman Emma Talley tied for 16th.
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 — the first time a program has accomplished that is league history. Tide head coach Mic Potter was named the SEC 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 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 has won two straight events — SEC and East Regional Championship — and she continues to lead the nation in scoring average at 71.10. The Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, native is 17-under par for the year with 2,062 strokes in 29 rounds. She has a school-record 19 rounds of par or better and 10 rounds in the 60s. Meadow is ranked second in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance index and the Golfstat Cup. She has nine top-10 finishes in 10 tournaments this year and six top-five showings. Over her last three events, Meadow is averaging 70.11 strokes per round (-17).
Three Players in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index Top 50
Stephanie Meadow, Emma Talley and Jennifer Kirby all reside in the top 35 of the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Meadow is tied for first with Talley 28th and Kirby 32nd, respectively, and rank first, eighth and ninth out of the SEC. Hannah Collier checks in at No. 64 nationally while Daniela Lendl is 141st.
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 23 tournament titles, including the 2012 NCAA Championship, the 2010 and 2013 SEC titles and the 2011 and 2013 NCAA East Regional Championships. This season, the Crimson Tide has set the school record for victories with seven, capturing the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational, the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, the Lady Gator Invitational, the PING/ASU Invitational, the SEC Championship and the NCAA East Regional Championship. Under his direction, the Crimson Tide has produced 17 medalists after Stephanie Meadow won the 2013 SEC and NCAA East Regional Championships. Meadow owns the school record with seven-career medalist honors. Overall, Alabama has competed in 89 tournaments with Potter at the helm and finished in the top five on 59 occasions and top three 47 times. UA has finished in the top two in eight of 10 events this season.