CALERA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama womens golf team got another solid round of play on Tuesday to capture the team championship at the Samford Bulldog Intercollegiate held at the par-71, 5,831-yard Timberline Golf Course.
The Crimson Tide followed up an opening round 300 with a final round 301 to take the team competition by four shots over first round co-leader Jacksonville State. The championship marked the programs 17th all-time and was the seventh under the guidance of 15th-year head coach Betty Palmer. The tournament victory was also the first since Bama won the Memphis Womens Intercollegiate in the fall of 1998.
Junior Anna Strandberg was the squads top finisher earning a runner-up finish with rounds of 73-72'145. It was Strandbergs best career finish and her first collegiate Top 10 showing. Sophomore Darby Sligh finished in a tie for third (71-75'146) to earn her third consecutive Top 20 placing this spring.
Another pair of Bama linksters also earned their first career Top 10 finishes with junior Mandy Tedder (78-77'155) and freshman Carina Sorensen (78-77'155) ending the event in a tie for 10th place overall. Senior Jenny Bouvin rounded out the Tide travel squad for the event shooting a 78-82'160 (28th).
I am very proud of the way this group played, said Palmer. They worked hard both days and really deserved to win this tournament. It was a great win for us. We started very slowly in the final round on the front nine but the girls stayed composed and really rallied over the closing holes. I thought all the players did a tremendous job of continuing to stay focused over all 18 holes.
Alabama captured the team crown with a two-day total of 601 followed by JSU at 605. Southern Mississippi finished third at 618 with UAB (621) and Middle Tennessee (626) rounding out the Top Five. Jacksonville States Marie-Eve Dion carded a two-over-par 144 (72-72) to earn medalist honors at the event, finishing just one shot in front of Bamas Strandberg.
The Tide will take a couple weeks off before returning to the links on April 5-7 at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga. The event is the final tune-up before the SEC Championship on April 18-20 in Lexington, Ky.