TUSCALOOSA Ala. – The No. 1-ranked Alabama women’s golf team will begin postseason play this weekend at the 2018 Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Championships,April 18-22, at Greystone Golf & Country Club’s Par 72, 6,253 Legacy Course in Birmingham, Ala.
The Crimson Tide will tee off at 9:40 a.m. CT on Wednesday and will be paired with Arkansas and South Carolina in the first round. Admission is free for this year’s tournament.
This year’s SEC tournament will feature three rounds of stroke play April 18-20, with the individual champion being crowned following the third round on Friday. The top eight teams in the standings following stroke play will advance to match play with the quarterfinals and semifinals set for Saturday, April 21 and the championship match scheduled for Sunday, April 22.
Alabama at the SEC Championships
Alabama has captured three SEC team titles – 2010, 2013 and 2016. The Tide won its first conference championship with a four-stroke victory at the NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa in 2010 before capturing the 2013 and 2016 crowns at the tournament’s current site, Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham. Along with the 2010, 2013 and 2016 victories, Alabama has finished runner-up in the SEC Championship on five occasions, including 1991, 1994, 2009, 2011 and 2017.
Alabama enters the weekend at No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin team rankings released April 17 with a 69.88 rating. The Crimson Tide is also ranked No. 2 by Golfstat and leads the nation in scoring average at 71.00. Alabama boasts two of the nation’s top seven golfers and four of the top 32 heading into SEC play. Lauren Stephenson (third), Kristen Gillman (seventh), Lakareber Abe (30th) and Cheyenne Knight (32nd) are ranked in most recent Golfstat NCAA Player Rankings, released April 10. Stephenson and Gillman are ranked No. 2 and No. 11, respectively in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index released April 17, with Knight (25th), Abe (53rd) and Angelica Moresco (86th) also appearing in the ratings.
Alabama Sweeps SEC Weekly Awards Following Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic
Alabama juniors Cheyenne Knight and Lauren Stephenson were named Co-Southeastern Conference Women’s Golfers of the Week and freshman Angelica Moresco was named SEC Women’s Freshman Golfer of the Week the league office announced April 16.
Stephenson and Knight were co-medalists at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic over the weekend. Knight opened the tournament with a first-round 65, equaling her career-low round. Stephenson fired back-to-back 69s in the second and third rounds to tie Knight for first place. The two rounds of 69 give Stephenson 15 rounds in the 60s in 23 rounds played this season. The Lexington, S.C., native has now been below par in 19 of 23 rounds in 2017-18.
The medalist honor is the second of the season and UA career for Stephenson. Knight’s win is her first for 2017-18 and fourth of her career, which ranks No. 2 all-time at Alabama. This also marks the first time in UA women’s golf history that two Tide golfers have tied for individual medalist honors in a tournament.
Moresco was the low freshman at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic with a 2-over par 218 (70-75-73) to finish in a tie for 14th. The Caldogno, Italy, native’s opening round 70 equaled her career-low round.
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