Oct. 6, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of Alabama women's golf team travels to North Carolina this weekend to defend its tournament title at the Tar Heel Invitational.
The three-day event, played at the par-72, 6,201 yard UNC Finley Golf Course, will showcase 13 of the nation's top 25 women's golf teams, and 18 teams overall.
Joining the No. 3 Crimson Tide in action this weekend are fellow SEC foes No. 4 LSU, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 11 Tennessee, No. 17 Georgia, No. 18 Auburn and South Carolina. Other teams competing this weekend are No. 5 Virginia, No. 7 Duke, No. 9 host school North Carolina, No. 14 Wake Forest, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 24 Tulane, No. 25 Notre Dame, Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, Louisville and North Carolina State.
The 2011 season will mark the third consecutive year that the Tide has competed at the Tar Heel Invitational. Last year, Alabama won the event by 12 strokes over LSU, carding a 28-under-par, 836, and in the process set the tournament record by 14 shots and broke the school record for lowest 54-hole total.
Brooke Pancake also took home medalist honors last year by shooting an 11-under-par 205 to edge teammate Camilla Lennarth by one stroke.
The last time out for Alabama, the Tide finished second to UCLA at the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview in Franklin, Tenn. Jennifer Kirby finished in a tie for first place individually at 4-under-par 212, but fell in the playoff.
Teeing it up for Alabama this weekend will be Kirby, Pancake, Hannah Collier, Stephanie Meadow and freshman Johanna Tillstrӧm, who is making her first-career start for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama will tee off Friday at 9:30 a.m. (CDT) on the back nine and will be paired with Michigan State and Tulane. Follow all of the weekend's action with live stats and updates at golfstat.com.
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