July 3, 2012
KOHLER, Wis. - The Alabama women's golf team has enjoyed unparalleled success over the past six weeks and it continues this week as the past, present and future of the Crimson Tide program tees it up at the U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run.
A foursome of Crimson Tide players, including LPGA Professional Jenny Suh, graduated senior Brooke Pancake, sophomore Stephanie Meadow and incoming freshman Emma Talley will represent Alabama in Kohler, Wis.
"This week is a very important achievement for Alabama golf," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "Our program has four different golfers representing the school at the U.S. Open and those players signify where Alabama is now, and where we are going in the future."
Suh is the first former Crimson Tide golfer to tee off, beginning her round on the 10th hole at 7:44 a.m. (CDT) Thursday. Pancake is next to play with a 12:31 p.m. tee time on No. 10 while Talley is also off the 10th at 2:09 p.m. (CDT). Meadow is the final player to get her U.S. Open underway with a 2:31 p.m. start off the first tee.
Pancake, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., sports a bevy of accomplishments this summer that began with a four-foot par putt on the 72nd hole of the 2012 NCAA Women's Golf Championships that clinched the program's first National Championship. She then led the USA Team at the Curtis Cup in Scotland.
Her list of awards during that time include the Honda Award, which is given to the nation's top women's collegiate golfer, the Roy F. Kramer Award that goes to the SEC Female Athlete of the Year across all sports, the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year on the at-large team and unanimous first-team All-America honors.
Suh, who was a first-team NGCA All-American in 2006, led Alabama Potter's first two teams at the Capstone. She is in her second year on the PGA Tour. Suh is fifth in career-scoring average at Alabama with a 73.66 average over 67 rounds.
"Jenny Suh kind of helped get the program going when I first got to Alabama," Potter said. "Brooke (Pancake) begins her professional career this weekend after a big summer. She has meant so much to Alabama the last four years. Those two really laid the foundation for where Alabama stands in college golf."
Meadow, who just finished up her sophomore year at the Capstone, earned her berth into the U.S. Open by winning the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship this past Saturday at the Carnoustie Golf Club in Scotland. The win also earned her an exemption into the 2012 Ricoh Women's British Open at Hoylake in September.
The British Am win for the native of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, came on the heels of clinching the Curtis Cup for the Great Britain and Ireland team at the Narin Golf Club with a victory in the final match and a team-best three points.
"Stephanie (Meadow), who represents our present, has had an unbelievable summer with the Curtis Cup and the British Amateur," Potter said. "Then you have Emma (Talley), who is already playing in her second U.S. Open, and she doesn't even start college until this fall. Those two kind of represent the future of our program, and you have to be excited about a tandem like that to lead your program for the next few years."
Talley, who hails from Princeton, Ky., and begins classes at Alabama in August, qualified for the U.S. Open with a 142 at the Bellingham, Wash., sectional qualifier. It is the second straight U.S. Open for the decorated junior golfer.
Talley, a 2011 first-team Rolex Junior All-American, had 10 AJGA tournament victories entering the 2012 season, including an AJGA record four straight wins last summer. She has also competed in the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup and the 2011 Junior Solheim Cup.
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