ATHENS, GA (WIAT) – Alabama’s No.2 ranked women’s golf team fired a 4-under par round of 284 on Wednesday at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Georgia. Alabama jumped from fourth to second place after two rounds. Southern Cal is currently in first place after shooting an NCAA-record 12 under par 276. The Crimson Tide trail the Trojans by 12 shots heading into Thursday’s third round.
“We played a lot better today than we did yesterday,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. “I don’t know why, but maybe the hole locations were a bit better today and a little more accessible. We made some birdies on (No.) 4, but (No.) 3 still hurts us. We have to hit better shots on No. 3 if we’re going to be any kind of a factor in this tournament.”
Stephanie Meadow continues to hold the individual lead in the clubhouse with an 8-under par 136. She shot a 5-under 67 on Wednesday, which leads USC’s Annie Park, who also carded a 67 in a round two.
“Today was really solid for me,” Meadow said. “I was 5-under through 10 (holes), and even though I didn’t make much on the back nine, it was all around a really good day. The course played pretty similarly again today, but the heat is just the biggest difference. It’s a lot easier to stay hydrated and not be as tired today, and I definitely feel better in today’s round than I did yesterday.”
Alabama will play with USC and Duke on Thursday when leaders tee off for their third round in the afternoon.
“I think I feel pretty good at this point,” Potter said. “What Southern Cal shot today, we’re capable of doing, but it’s just a matter of coming out here and being a little more aggressive. We’ve got to let it go and free things up. We’ve got to make some putts. We’re only converting those short five, six, or seven-footers, and we’re not making many putts, so we’ve got to get a little break here and there somewhere to get back in the ballgame. We’ve shot 10-under here before, so we’re fully capable of putting a low round up there.”