Oct. 2, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - For the second straight week, the Alabama women's golf team secured a spot in the Golfweek/Sagarin top 10 rankings. The Crimson Tide checks in at No. 9 this week after a seventh place finish at the Mason Rudolph Championship that featured seven of the current top 10 teams in the nation. Alabama also earned a spot in the top 10 of the most recent Golfworld rankings where the Tide sits at No. 7.
UA is one of eight SEC teams in the Golfweek top 30 this week. Georgia and Vanderbilt are the only schools rated higher than the Tide at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Auburn, LSU and South Carolina all hold spots in the top 20.
UCLA climbed to the top of the polls thanks to a victory at the Mason Rudolph. USC, who took second at the Mason Rudolph, ranks second followed by former No. 1 Arizona State at No. 3 and Tulsa at No. 4.
Alabama also has three individuals ranked in the top 60 nationally according to Golfweek. Sophomore Camilla Lennarth leads the way at No. 35 thanks to two top 12 finishes to start the season. Lennarth holds the lowest scoring average for the Tide through three tournaments.
All-America Honorable Mention Kathleen Ekey has played six straight rounds of par or better, which allowed her to take top 10 finishes at both the Cougar Classic and the Mason Rudolph. Ekey rates at No. 55 this week. Freshman Brooke Pancake made an instant impact for UA earning a top 10 finish in her first start at the Duramed Preview. She checks in at No. 59.
The Tide will take its first significant break since beginning play in the fall season with nearly a month off between the Mason Rudolph and its next outing at the Derby Invitational. The Derby is hosted by Auburn, and play will begin at the University Club course on Oct. 24.