BATON ROUGE, La. – The top-ranked Alabama women's golf team begins play at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic on Friday at the par-72, 6,186-yard University Club in Baton Rouge, La.
The Crimson Tide is coming off of a second-place finish to No. 2 Southern California at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate. UA remains atop both the Golf World/NGCA Coaches' Poll that came out Tuesday and the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
The 2011 LSU Golf Classic Field includes nine teams in the top 20 nationally and five teams inside the top 11. Along with Alabama, No. 3 Duke, No. 4 LSU, No. 8 Virginia and No. 11 Tulane are joined by No. 14 North Carolina, No. 16 Tennessee, No. 17 Wake Forest and No. 19 Arkansas.
The rest of the field includes SEC foes, Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi and Mississippi State along with Texas A&M, TCU, UNC-Wilmington, Furman, North Carolina State, College of Charleston and Louisiana-Monroe.
The Crimson Tide will start the same lineup it has used throughout the 2010-11 season that includes seniors Camilla Lennarth and Courtney Harter, junior Brooke Pancake, sophomore Jennifer Kirby and true freshman Stephanie Meadow.
Alabama has three tournament championships to its credit this season, two runner-up showings and just one tournament where they finished out of the two positions.
Meadow, a native of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, is the Golfweek Player of the Week following her second win of the spring at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate. She has lowered her scoring average to 72.0 while averaging 70.5 in UA's two spring tournaments.
Pancake continues to lead the Crimson Tide and rank second in the SEC with a 71.39 scoring average. She is averaging .44 strokes below par this season and is No. 6 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
Lennarth is second on the team with a 71.83 stroke average and 11th in the Golfweek/Sagarin. Kirby boasts a 72.50 scoring average and is one of four UA golfers in the top 10 in the SEC in stroke average.