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    SEC Golf Today: Friday, October 25

    Alabama Women’s Golf Leads by 10 Shots at Landfall Tradition

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Alabama women’s golf team shot its lowest first round of the season on Friday to claim the lead at The Landfall Tradition on the par-72 6,244-yard Country Club of Landfall.

    “I’m really proud of how everyone played today,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said following the round. “They hung in there, played well and kept a good attitude and outlook all day. If we do that the rest of the year we will be fine.

    “With the conditions we had starting out – 45 degrees and 10-15 mph winds – I think they just knew they were going to have to grind out every shot. They didn’t focus on outcomes or results, they just played golf to the best of their ability on every shot, and that is kind of what we have been lacking. Today it was about getting it around the golf course the best we can, and they did that very well.”

    The Crimson Tide has a 10-shot lead over Duke heading into Saturday’s second round at 3-under 285. It was 11 shots better in relation to par than any first round the Tide have played this season (8-over 296 at the Mason Rudolph). The Blue Devils shot 7-over 295 while South Carolina (+12, 300) is third, Arizona (+16, 304) is fourth and North Carolina (+15, 305) fifth.

    Alabama played the 16th, 17th and 18th holes at 9-under par, 11 shots better than the next best teams over that stretch (Duke, Virginia and Clemson at +2).

    Senior Stephanie Meadow holds the individual lead after 18 holes with her 2-under round of 70. Alabama had three of the five under-par scores in the 95-player field on Friday with senior Hannah Collier and sophomore Emma Talley tied for second at 1-under 71.

    All five Tide players birdied the par-5 18th as Alabama extended its lead. Meadow earned the individual lead with three birdies and bogey on the back nine after nine straight pars to begin her round. Talley had an eagle, three birdies and four bogeys for her 71.

    Collier fired her first below-par round of the fall with four birdies, a bogey and double bogey, but her best shot of the day was a hole out for par on the par-3 16th after hitting her first shot in the water.

    Sophomore Janie Jackson was Alabama’s fourth score and tied for eighth after shooting 73, making three straight birdies to end her round. Daniela Lendl made two birdies in her final three holes as well to shot 74. Cammie Gray shot 87 playing as an individual.

    Alabama is scheduled to begin teeing off at 9:09 a.m. Saturday and will be paired with Duke and South Carolina during the second round at the Country Club of Landfall.
     




    South Carolina in Third Place After First Round of Landfall Tradition

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – The South Carolina women’s golf team shot a 12-over 300 on Friday at the Pete Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall to finish in a third place after one round of the Landfall Tradition hosted by the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

    Alabama is currently in first place after shooting a 3-under 285. Duke finished the day in second place with a score of 295 (+7).

    Katelyn Dambaugh carded the low round for the Gamecocks and is currently in a tie for second place. The freshman tallied four birdies and two bogeys while shooting a 1-under 71, which marks her fifth round of par or better on the season.

    Senior Samantha Swinehart and sophomore Sarah Schmelzel both turned in a 4-over 76 to finish the day in a tie for 25th place. After opening play on the No. 10 hole, Swinehart shot a 40 (+4) on the back side and registered two birdies and two bogeys on the front side for an even-par 36. Schmelzel recorded two birdies and shot a 1-over 37 on the back side while carding a 3-over 39 on the front side.

    Sophomore Mary Fran Hillow finished next on the leaderboard for South Carolina in a tie for 33rd place after shooting a 5-over 77. Hillow recorded two birdies, three bogeys and two double bogeys on the day.

    Junior Justine Dreher carded an 11-over 83 in the first round to finish in a tie for 78th place.

    Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow is currently at the top of the individual leaderboard with a first round score of 70 (-2). Along with Dambaugh, Jackie Chang of North Carolina, Hannah Collier of Alabama and Emma Talley of Alabama are in a tie for second place with a score of 71 (-1).  






    Schiavone Leads Ole Miss Women’s Golf In Opening Round At Landfall Tradition

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – Junior Stani Schiavone shot an opening round 3-over par 75 to lead the Ole Miss women’s golf team in opening day action at the Landfall Tradition hosted by the University of North Carolina – Wilmington on Friday (Oct. 25).

    Schiavone stuck to her process and after firing 4-over 40 on the front nine, regrouped and was 1-under on the back nine with a team-best three birdies to close the afternoon. Schivaone’s round was good enough to place her in the top 20 at No. 19.

    Sophomore Abby Newton fired a 7-over 79 on the afternoon, while Alison Hovatter and Taelor Rubin both had rounds of 9-over par 81. Maria Toennessen rounded out the scoring with a 13-over par 85. As a team, the Rebels are sitting in 13th place, tied with Ohio State and Purdue with a score of 28-over par 316.  

    2012 NCAA Champion, Alabama leads the field after the first day of action with a 3-under par 285 and is the lone team to shoot under par for the round. Fourth ranked Duke sits in second place with a 7-over 295.  Despite the challenging course, just seven strokes separate third through ninth place. Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow is the top individual with a 2-under par 70.  Competition continues through Sunday and fans can follow all the action at GolfStat.






    Georgia Shoots 304 In Opening Round At Stanford

    STANFORD, Calif. - The Georgia women's golf team posted a 304 in the opening round of the Stanford Intercollegiate hosted by Condoleezza Rice on Friday. No. 2 Southern Cal shot 276 to grab a six-shot lead on the field.

    Freshman Harang Lee's 3-over 74 led Georgia on Friday. The Bulldogs also counted a pair of 76s from Amira Alexander and Rocio Sanchez Lobato and a 78 by Manuela Carbajo Ré. Sammi Lee signed for a 79, Georgia's drop score.

    The Bulldogs turned at 7-over as a team but then struggled on the back side of the Stanford Golf Course layout.

    "It was a strange day," head coach Josh Brewer. "The first six holes are brutal, and we played them at 6-over as a team. We played that stretch about as well as anyone in the field. You get through that and you think it's going to get better. Unfortunately, we made errors on the holes where you can make birdies. I think we were forcing it a bit instead of relaxing and playing golf. We've got to figure it out. If we can bounce back and put two good rounds together, we can beat some teams that we need to beat."

    Individually, Sophia Popov's 5-under 66 spotted her a two-shot edge on the leaderboard. For Georgia, Harang Lee is tied for 45th, Alexander and Sanchez Lobato are knotted for 62nd, Carbajo Ré is tied for 72nd and Sammi Lee is tied for 76th.

    Play continues through Sunday. On Saturday, the Bulldogs will be paired with Washington State and Oregon State. Live scoring is being updated on a three-hole basis at www.golfstat.com.






    Kentucky Women’s Golf Completes First Round of Stanford Intercollegiate

    PALO ALTO, Calif. – The 21st-ranked University of Kentucky women’s golf team completed the first round of the Stanford Intercollegiate Friday afternoon with a seven-over par, 291, to put the Wildcats in eighth place at the Stanford Golf Course.

    Second-ranked USC sits atop the standings at eight-over par, 276, while No. 19 Washington (-2), No. 9 Stanford (-1), Oregon (-1) and No. 12 Pepperdine (+1) complete the top five. USC’s Sophia Popov leads all players at five-under par (66).

    Rounding out the rest of the team standings were No. 20 Northwestern (+2), No. 1 UCLA (+4), No. 21 UK (+7), California (+8), UC Davis (+9), No. 24 Auburn (+10), San Jose State (+10), No. 11 Vanderbilt (+12), Washington State (+17), Georgia (+20) and Oregon State (+20).

    “We had a good day for most of the round today,” said Kentucky head coach Golda Johansson Borst. “Unfortunately, we lost a few shots coming in, but the girls did a lot of great things today. We will build on the positives from this round and we look forward to getting back out there tomorrow.”

    Cylia Damerau led the Wildcats with four birdies on the afternoon en route to a first round score of one-over par, 72. Freshman Haley Mills also recorded a first round score of one-over par, 72. Damerau and Mills currently sit in a tie for 22nd.

    Senior Liz Breed sits one shot behind Damerau and Mills after a two-over par, 73, round of 18. Breed is tied for 35th.

    Freshman Alessandra Walker recorded a three-over par, 74 on Friday to place her in a tie for 45th. Sophomore Sarah Harris turned in a scorecard of seven-over par, 78, which puts her in a tie for 72nd. Harris had tough back nine where she registered two of her three double-bogeys.

    Playing as an individual, freshman Megan Kinney rounded out the Wildcat performers with a 10-over par, 81, which places her in a tie for 82nd. Kinney is playing in her first tournament since the season-opening “MO”Morial Invitational.

    The teams return to the course for second round action Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. ET.

    For live scoring of the event please visit Golfstat.com. For more information on the University of Kentucky women’s golf team visit UKathletics.com and follow them on Twitter at @UKWomensGolf. The Wildcats open the spring season at the UCF Challenge in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. 9-11.
     



    Auburn Tied For 11th After 18 Holes At Stanford Intercollegiate

    PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Auburn women’s golf team finished the first round of the Stanford Intercollegiate tied for 11th, after carding a 10-over-par 294. Freshman Clara Baena led the Tigers in the first round with a 1-over 72.

    Hosted by Stanford University, the Stanford Intercollegiate is a 54-hole tournament being played at the Stanford University Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. The par-71 course plays at 6,130 yards for the tournament. The event features 16 teams from around the country, including 10 teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation.

    “Today was a tough day,” said associate head coach Andrew Pratt. “Our scores don’t really show how the girls played today, but we played pretty solid for the most part today. We had two holes that killed us and that was tough to overcome.”

    With her 1-over 72, Baena finished the first round in a tie for 22nd. Sophomore Jamie Yun was right behind her with a 2-over 73, finishing the day tied for 35th.

    Senior Diana Fernandez ended the first round of competition tied for 47th, after carding a 3-over 74.  Fellow senior Marta Sanz carded five birdies on the day with a 4-over-par 75.  She ended the day tied for 56th.

    Junior Victoria Trapani shot a 8-over-par 78 in the first round to close out the Auburn lineup. She enters the second round of competition tied for 73rd.

    Southern California is in the lead after carding an 8-under-par 276. Washington followed in second with a 2-under 282. Stanford and Oregon ended the day tied for 3rd at 1-under-par 283. Pepperdine finished in fifth, after carding a 1-over 285.

    Individually, Sophia Popov of Southern California is in first with a 5-under-par 66. Tying for second place, Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford and Charlotte Thomas of Washington carded 3-under 68s.  Seven players are tied for fourth at 2-under 69.

    “I look forward to coming out tomorrow and putting a good number up on the board,” said Pratt. “We are still in this thing. Hopefully we can clean up the mistakes and have a good team round tomorrow.”

    Play will continue Saturday with tee times from the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at 10:30 a.m. CT. Auburn will play with UC Davis and San Jose State, going off No. 10 from 10:30 – 11:06 a.m. CT. Fans can follow along with live stats at Golfstat.com.