May 26, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
When Mic Potter stepped out of the van with Alabama Golf emblazoned on the side Saturday afternoon, he held up the program's first NCAA Championship trophy to the cheers of the crowd gathered outside the Jerry Pate Golf Center at the Ol' Colony Golf Complex, the Crimson Tide's home course.
Potter and assistant coach Susan Rosenstiel along with players Stephanie Meadows and Courtney McKim brought the trophy back to UA while NCAA Championship runner-up Brooke Pancake, Jennifer Kirby and Hannah Collier all went directly from Nashville, Tenn. to play in a U.S. Open qualifier.
Alabama won its first NCAA Championship Friday, holding off Southern California in a battle that went down to the very last hole. The Tide finished with a 6-over-par final round of 294 on the par-72, 6,264-yard North Course at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
The Tide earned its victory in its eighth NCAA Championship finals appearance, and seventh consecutive appearance under Potter. Alabama's previous best finish was a third place showing in 2010. Women's golf is the third Alabama team to win a national championship in the last five months, joining the BCS national champion football team and the NCAA champion gymnastics team.