Crimson Tide stumbles in second round of NCAA golf championship

BRYAN, Texas – The scores continued to go the wrong direction for the third-ranked University of Alabama women's golf team on Thursday during the second round of the 2011 NCAA Golf Championship at the par-72, 6,260-yard Traditions Club.

The Crimson Tide is tied for 15th place at 28-over-par 604 after shooting a season-high 15-over 303 in round two. UA is not the only highly-ranked team struggling with the Traditions Club layout with top-ranked Southern California tied with the Tide at 604.

"I'm surprised with the way we played today," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "I thought we felt good coming into the round and the warm up looked like we had control of our golf swings. But it is pretty clear we are not committed on all of our shots. When we do hit a bad shot, we aren't handling it very well. We are making bogeys into doubles and triples. If we expect to move up the leader board we are going to have to minimize the damage and be more committed on every shot."

UA's top round came from freshman Stephanie Meadow who carded a 2-over-par round of 74 and is tied for 30th position (+5, 149) heading into Friday's third round.

Senior Camilla Lennarth, who led the Tide in round one, shot 6-over on her second nine on Thursday to finish with a 7-over-par 79. She is tied for 49th place at 7-over 151.

Jennifer Kirby and Brooke Pancake both carded rounds of 3-over 75 in the second round. Kirby closed her round strong with birdies on her 16th and 18th holes of the day and is at 7-over 151 after 36 holes, joining Lennarth in a tie for 49th. Pancake made one birdie and four bogeys in round to and is tied for 70 at 9-over 153.

"The tournament is only half over and we are a good team that is capable of shooting a low score," Potter said. "We are not hitting good shots right now and we have to find a way to get better."

Hannah Collier was the Crimson Tide's drop score in round two after an 8-over-round of 80.

UCLA maintained its lead in the team race with a 7-over-par total of 295 in round two for a 36-hole total of 8-over-par 584. Purdue is in second place at 587 (+11) with LSU third (+12) and host Texas A&M fourth (+13). LSU's Austin Ernst is atop the individual leader board at 6-under 138 after a 66 on Thursday.

Friday and Saturday's (third and fourth) rounds will be webcast at beginning at 2 p.m. (central).

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics