No. 1 Women's Golf Starts Season at Cougar Classic

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Alabama heads into the season as the reigning national champions.
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Alabama heads into the season as the reigning national champions.
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 1 University of Alabama women's golf team travels to Charleston, S.C., to open their defense of the national championship and 2012-13 campaign at the Cougar Classic presented by Piggly Wiggly.

The 54-hole tournament will run Sunday to Tuesday, with 18 holes being played each day. Played at the par-72, 6,219 yard Yeamans Hall Club, the 2012 Cougar Classic boasts one of the deepest fields in women's golf, with 13 of the 24 teams competing ranked in the preseason Golf World/NGCA Coaches' Division 1 Poll.

Last year at the Cougar Classic, the Crimson Tide finished tied for seventh at the Cougar Classic, with LSU taking home medalist honors.

"Some people like to keep the pressure off, I like to have the girls at a high level competing with the best every week, because that is how you find out where you stand and that is what makes you better," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "We try to play in the best tournaments that we can against the best teams that we can and I think we have a schedule that will do that."

Joining the No. 1 Crimson Tide in Charleston this weekend in the 25-team field are as follows: No. 7 Auburn, host school Charleston, Charleston Southern, No. 5 Duke, No. 9 Florida, Furman, No. 11 Georgia, No. 10 LSU, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 25 North Carolina State, Penn State, No. 17 South Carolina, No. 13 Tennessee, Central Florida, UNC Greensboro, Wake Forest, No. 3 and NCAA national runner-up Southern California, No. 8 Vanderbilt, No. 12 Virginia and Wisconsin.

Head coach Mic Potter will start Stephanie Meadow, Hannah Collier, Jennifer Kirby, Emma Talley and Daniela Lendl this weekend in Charleston.

Live scoring and stats will be made available at golfstat.com, but be sure to follow the action with the Crimson Tide on Facebook at AlabamaWGolf and on Twitter @AlabamaWGolf.