Aug. 2, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The reigning National Champion Alabama women's golf team released its 2012-13 schedule on Thursday and it features some of the most challenging events in collegiate golf.
"We are excited about the difficulties that this year's schedule will present," head coach Mic Potter said. "Our schedule will give this team a great opportunity to develop throughout the season. We will have a chance to compete against some of the best teams in the country, which will only benefit us in the SEC and NCAA Championships."
The Crimson Tide, fresh of their first National Championship and seventh straight trip to the NCAA Championships, opens the fall slate for the second straight year at the Cougar Classic presented by Piggly Wiggly at the Yeamans Hall Golf Club in Charleston, S.C., on September 9-11.
The Tide then makes what has become an annual trek to the fall Fall Preview. The Crimson Tide finished second at the 2011 Fall Preview after winning the 2010 event. Alabama will finish the fall schedule after just three events with its first trip to the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational on Oct. 28-30 at the University of Texas Golf Club.
The Crimson Tide opens a heavy spring slate that features five events leading up to the SEC Championship. UA returns to the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 10-12 after a year off. The Tide has won the event the last three times they participated, capturing the tournament title in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Next up is the always challenging Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at English Turn Golf Club in New Orleans, La., on Feb. 24-26. UA finished fourth there a year ago after a runner-up showing in 2011.
Alabama will look to defend both the team and individual championship at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate on March 8-10 at the Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. UA shot 3-over 571 in the rain-shortened event last season as Stephanie Meadow earned medalist honors with a 5-under 137.
A visit to the Mark Bostick Golf Club in Gainesville, Fla., follows for the Crimson Tide at the Gator Women's Invitational on March 15-17. As Georgia hosts the 2013 NCAA Championships, the Bulldogs will not host the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic so the Tide will instead make their second visit to the PING ASU Invitational on April 12-14. The event will be played at the ASU Karsten Golf Course.
Alabama will begin postseason play on April 19-21 at the SEC Championship at the Greystone Golf and Country Club's Founders Course in Birmingham, Ala. Greystone will become the permanent home for the SEC Women's Golf Championships for the foreseeable future after the event rotated around the SEC in past years.
NCAA regional play is scheduled for May 9-11 followed by the NCAA Championships at the University of Georgia Golf Course on May 21-24.
Alabama returns five of its top six golfers from last year's team that captured the school's first NCAA Championships. The Crimson Tide must replace All-American Brooke Pancake but returns two All-Americans in Jennifer Kirby and Stephanie Meadow along with Hannah Collier, Johanna Tillström and Courtney McKim. UA also welcomes the nation's top freshman to campus with two-time U.S. Open participant Emma Talley teeing it up for the Tide this year.
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