TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women's golf team is set to compete in its third tournament of the season and it's first as the nation's No. 1-ranked team. The Crimson Tide open play on Friday, October 8, at the Tar Heel Invitational, which is hosted by the University of North Carolina at the UNC Finley Golf Course.
The Tide will be one of 18 teams vying for the title on the par-72, 6,201-yard UNC Finley Golf Course. The event consists of 54 holes over three rounds beginning on Friday and concluding on Sunday.
Senior Camilla Lennarth has set the tone for the Tide in the early stages of the season, notching two top-five finishes in as many events. The Stockholm, Sweden, native finished tied for fourth at the NCAA Fall Preview before again tied for fourth at the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship.
Lennarth has fired five sub-par rounds this season and is currently the fourth-rated individual in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index.
Junior Brooke Pancake is also off to a hot start in her third campaign at UA and is coming off of consecutive top-10 showings at the NCAA Fall Preview where she finished tied for fourth and the Mason Rudolph. Pancake is second on the team in scoring average with a 70.33 while ranking eighth in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index.
Sophomore Jennifer Kirby boasts a 72.16 stroke average over the first two tournaments with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Fall Preview that the Crimson Tide won. She shot 4-under 212 at the Preview that included a final-round 66. She has three rounds under par this season.
Senior Courtney Harter and true freshman Stephanie Meadow will also be in the starting lineup at the Tar Heel Invitational. Meadow, a native of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, is averaging a 73.33 over the first six rounds with Harter close behind with a 74.0 scoring average.
The Tide faces another competitive field at the Tar Heel Invitational where 13 of the 18 teams are ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index top 30. Alabama, which is ranked No. 1 in the Golf World/NGCA Coaches Poll is third in the Golfweek/Sagarin and one of five top-10 teams in the field, including No. 1 LSU, No. 5 Georgia, No. 7 Vanderbilt and No. 8 Duke.
There are six Southeastern Conference teams are slated to compete, along with the three teams in the top 10, No. 24 Florida, No. 26 Auburn and South Carolina will also be in the field.
Alabama tees off in the Tar Heel Invitational at 8:45 a.m. (CT) on the first hole Friday. Live stats and updates will be available at golfstat.com.