Aug 30, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama women's golf team will open the 2013-14 season ranked second in the Golf World/NGCA Division I College Women's Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was announced this week.
The Crimson Tide women are second to defending national champion Southern California, who garnered 26 of a possible 29 first-place votes. The Trojans tallied 695 total points while Alabama earned 650 points. Duke followed in third place with 640 points while UCLA received one first-place vote and was fourth (637 points). Arizona State got the last two first-place votes and are fifth with 509 points.
"We appreciate the recognition in the preseason coaches' poll, but our focus at this point is getting better as a team," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "I've never seen a championship won in August and we are completely devoted to being the best team we can be in late May. Our philosophy is to prepare every day to be successful. We try to focus on every practice and every shot and the accumulation of each of those shots is how we are going to be productive."
Alabama returns four starters from last year's team that finished seventh at the NCAA Championships and won the school's second SEC title. Seniors Stephanie Meadow and Hannah Collier return along with 2013 United States Amateur Champion Emma Talley and junior Daniela Lendl.
The Crimson Tide should also see Arizona transfer Janie Jackson (Huntsville, Ala.), redshirt freshman Cammie Gray and true freshman Mia Landegren push for time in the starting lineup.
Meadow is also ranked No. 1 in Golf World's Top 50 Female Player to Watch in 2013-14. Talley is also among Golf World's top 50.
The Southeastern Conference seven teams in the top 25 and another six teams receiving votes in the coaches' preseason rankings. Arkansas is eighth followed by Vanderbilt in ninth and Florida in 10th. Georgia is 17th and LSU rounds out the league teams in the top 25 in a tie for 22nd. South Carolina, Texas A&M, Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Kentucky are receiving votes.
Alabama opens the 2013-14 season on September 9-11, at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
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