Alabama women's golf in 7th after round one

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women's golf team shot a 3-under-par 285 Friday in the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship at the par-72, 6,281-yard Vanderbilt Legends Club's North Course in Franklin, Tenn., to close the first round in seventh place.

Junior Brooke Pancake led the Crimson Tide in the first round with a bogey-free 5-under-par 67.  She is tied for second, two shots back of the tournament pace set by Wake Forest's Michelle Shin.  Pancake pared the first five holes before rolling in birdies on holes six, seven and eight to make the turn at 3-under.  She remained steady on the back nine by adding birdies on holes 11 and 15 to complement her seven pars.

Senior Camilla Lennarth got off to a hot start as well by birdying the first two holes of the day en route to a 4-under-par 68 that left her in a tie for fifth place.  Like Pancake, Lennarth escaped the first round with zero bogeys.  Following the fast start, she pared the next four holes before adding her third birdie of the day on the seventh hole.  After paring nine consecutive holes, she added a final birdie on No. 17. 

Senior Courtney Harter shot a 2-over-par 74 to end the round tied for 51st, while sophomore Jennifer Kirby and freshman Stephanie Meadow both shot 4-over-par rounds of 76.  Kirby and Meadow are tied for 68th.

LSU leads the field at 10-under-par 278, followed by Purdue and California at 9-under-par 279.  Duke is fourth after a 5-under-par 283.  Georgia and UCLA, the remaining teams ahead of the Tide, are tied for fifth at 4-under-par 284.

Alabama tees off its second round Saturday at 8 a.m. (CDT) alongside playing partners Florida and Southern California.  Follow the action at with live scoring updates throughout the day.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics