No. 2 Alabama wins Darius Rucker invite behind Meadow's 4-under-par 67
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Second-ranked Alabama won its second team title in a row at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate on Sunday at the par-71, 6,211-yard Long Cove Club.
The Crimson Tide fired the second-lowest round of the day (+7, 291) to overtake 36-hole leader No. 10 Vanderbilt and LSU for the third victory of the 2012-13 season. The Tide finished 24-over 876 and won by four shots ahead of the Commodores and Tigers, who tied for second place.
"I was very proud of the effort and toughness this team displayed to find a way to win this golf tournament," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "A difficult golf course like this one will frustrate everyone, and it is a battle of attrition to see who can overcome that adversity. The thing we did well was being able to bounce back. You never know what is going to happen on a good hard golf course."
No. 14 Arizona State shot 9-over 293 for a fourth-place finish (+35, 887) while first-round leader No. 8 Arkansas finished fifth at 38-over 890. No. 20 Virginia carded the lowest round on Sunday with a 6-over 290 on the difficult Pete Dye layout at the Long Cove Club.
Junior Stephanie Meadow led the Tide with the day's low round of 4-under-par 67 to finish in third place individually. She finished at 2-over-par 214 over the 54-hole event. Arizona State's Noemi Jimenez captured medalist honors with a 4-under-par 209, while Madelene Sagstrom of LSU was second at even-par 213.
After an opening-round 77, Meadow played the final 36 holes in 5-under par to post her fourth top-10 of the year. She signed an unblemished scorecard that listed four birdies and no bogeys, including two birdies in the final three holes to help send Alabama to victory.
All five Alabama players finished in the top 17. Freshman Emma Talley tied for 12th at 7-over-par 220 after shooting 75 in the final round. Jennifer Kirby, Hannah Collier and Daniela Lendl all tied for 17th at 10-over 223. Kirby shot 74 on Sunday while Collier and Lendl both shot 75.