Alabama women still tops in DI golf
SEC home to 12 of top 25 teams in latest NGCA coaches' poll
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama women's golf team remained No. 1 in the Golf World/NGCA Coaches' Poll released Wednesday.
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After a convincing win last week at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, the Crimson Tide captured the program's third tournament title of the 2010-11 season.
Head Coach Mic Potters' team received all 23 first-place votes to remain in the top spot of the poll. USC passed UCLA to claim the No. 2 spot after a win to begin the spring season. UCLA is in third, while LSU and Duke concluded the top five. Defending national champion Purdue finished sixth.
The SEC has seven of its 12 teams ranked in the top 25. Along with No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 LSU, Georgia checks in at No. 10 followed by Vanderbilt (11th), Arkansas (13th), Tennessee (15th) and Auburn (18th).
Newcomers to the poll this week include Arizona State (16th) and Iowa State (19th), who both join the top 25 for the first time this season. This is the first time in program history Iowa State's is ranked in the coaches' top 25.
Alabama has four players ranked in the top 26 of the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Brooke Pancake is the Tide's top-ranked golfer at No. 5 nationally with Camilla Lennarth ranked eight, Jennifer Kirby 19th and Stephanie Meadow 26th.
UA has two golfers averaging under par this season with Pancake leading the way at 71.13 while Lennarth is close behind at 71.27. Jennifer Kirby is just five strokes over par for the season with a 72.13 scoring average.
True freshman Stephanie Meadow captured her first collegiate victory this past weekend at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. She is averaging 72.33 strokes per round and is the third straight rookie to threaten the UA freshman scoring record. Pancake first broke the mark in 2009 with a 74.06 average and Kirby then eclipsed that last season with a 73.06.