Alabama women's golf still #1

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women's golf team remains No. 1 in the Golf World/NGCA Coaches' Poll that was released on Thursday.

The Crimson Tide just completed its second win of the 2010 fall schedule. Alabama overwhelmed a loaded field at the Tar Heel Invitational with a tournament record 28-under-par 836 to beat second-ranked LSU by 12 strokes.

Head coach Mic Potter's team received 21 of 31 first-place votes to outdistance No. 2 LSU, who moved up two spots from No. 4, with nine first-place votes. The Crimson Tide also won the NCAA Fall Preview to open the fall schedule and finished sixth at the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship.

Southern California garnered the remaining first-place vote and is ranked third. The Trojans are followed by UCLA in fourth and Duke in fifth with defending NCAA Champion Purdue sixth. The SEC has nine of its 12 teams ranked in the top 25. Along with No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 LSU, Georgia checks in at No. 10 followed by Vanderbilt (11th), Auburn (16th), Tennessee (tied for 17th), Arkansas (20th), South Carolina (21st) and Florida (25th).

Alabama has not shot over par as a team this season, carding seven rounds under par and two rounds at par. The Tide has set the single-round school record three times and has had four individual rounds of 66 or better. UA is averaging five strokes below par per round at 282.67.

The Crimson Tide has three players averaging below par this season, including two players averaging below 70.0. Camilla Lennarth leads the way with a 69.56 scoring average. The senior from Stockholm, Sweden, boasts eight-of-nine rounds under par and has finished in the top five in every tournament this season.

Junior Brooke Pancake is close behind with a 69.67 stroke average. The native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, claimed her first medalist honors at the Tar Heel Invitational, shooting a career-low 11-under-par 205. She also has another top-five finish and has not finished outside of the top 10 individually.

Sophomore Jennifer Kirby is the third UA player averaging below par for the Tide with a 71.44 scoring average. She has fired six rounds under par this season and has two top-five finishes. True freshman Stephanie Meadow boasts a 72.78 scoring average while senior Courtney Harter is averaging a 74.56.

Alabama closes its fall schedule on November 5-7 at the SEC/Pac-10 Challenge at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. The Crimson Tide finished tied for third at the NCAA West Regional last May, earning a trip to the NCAA Championships.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics