Women's Golf in 12th Place at Derby Invitational


Friday, November 04, 2005

Jenny Suh


AUBURN, Ala. – The Alabama women’s golf team is in 12th place at the Derby Invitational after firing a 310 team round to open the three-day event, the final tournament of the team’s fall schedule. The Tide stands just two shots out of the top 10 at the 17-team event, which is being hosted by Auburn and played on the Auburn University course.

“We had a chance to finish a little higher than we did,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. “We were between sixth and eighth place all day, but threw away some shots at the end and cost ourselves a place or two. But I thought we did some things as well as we have all year today, so we are improving, which is the most important thing.”

The field at the Derby Invitational is one of the most competitive in the nation. It includes defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Duke. The Blue Devils bring the defending individual national champion and the current Golfweek No. 1 golfer to the tournament. In all, three of the top 10 teams in the nation and six of the country’s top 25 squads are competing at the event.

Host Auburn, ranked seventh in the most recent polls, leads the event after firing a 291 in its opening round. The Tigers lead Duke and No. 4 Georgia by three strokes.

The Tide were led once again by standout junior Jenny Suh, who has carded Alabama’s lowest score in each of the team’s three events this season. Suh, who captured medalist honors in her last outing at the Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge, fired a 75 in her opening round, good for a 19th-place tie. Suh has yet to finish outside of the top 20 this season.

Also turning in a solid performance for the Tide was sophomore Sarah Sturm. Sturm, who transferred with Suh from Furman this summer, shot a 76 and stands in a 34th-place tie. Her score was her third-lowest round in a Tide uniform.

Carina Sorensen, who owned the Tide’s second-best scoring average coming into the event, carded a 77 to earn a tie for 45th place. True freshman Laura Goodwin shot an 82, while senior Audrey Gale added an 83 to the Alabama effort.

Auburn’s Maria Martinez leads the individual standings after one round after firing a three-under 69. Seven players at the event shot even or under-par scores in the initial 18 holes of action.

The second round of the 54-hole event is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6.