Tide Golf Sweeps Puerto Rico Classic

The Nick Saban Effect - Jeff Gross

Champions, Ya'll

The University of Alabama Golf teams opened up the Spring 2013 season in championship form. The Crimson Tide Women's Golf team dominated the field at the 2013 Lady Puerto Rico Classic with a 13-point victory at the Rio Mar Beach Resort on Tuesday, February 12th.

The Tide has won this event the past four times it has participated. It won previously in 2008, 2010 and 2011:

Alabama shot a 7-over-par 871 over three rounds in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, finishing with an even-par 288, as it won by 13 shots over Arkansas on the par-72, 6,191-yard River Course at the Rio Mar Beach Resort.

"It was a great way to start our spring season," Alabama coach Mic Potter said, according to an Alabama press release. "We did a lot of things very well and came away with a double-digit win, but at the same time I think we identified things we have to get better at if we are going to improve as a team."

Tide junior Stephanie Meadow finished tied for second at 2-under-par 214, carding a 1-under 71 in Tuesday's final round:

Meadow, who was battling illness throughout the tournament, opened with a 73 and followed that with a 70 in round two. Arkansas' Emily Tubert won the individual title at 3-under 213.

Sophomore Daniela Lendl fired the lowest round of her career with a 2-under-par 70 that led the Crimson Tide in the final round. She finished tied for 16th at 8-over 224. Freshman Emma Talley posted the top finish of her young career with a tie for fifth place at 2-over-par 218 with a 1-over 73 in round three.

Lady Tide Head Coach Mic Potter:

"It was a great way to start our spring season," Potter said. "We did a lot of things very well and came away with a double-digit win, but at the same time I think we identified things we have to get better at if we are going to improve as a team."

No. 6 Alabama won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday, shooting 7-over 871 to run away with the title by 13 shots:

This is the fourth time in the past six years Alabama has won the team title at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. Dating back to the fall, the Crimson Tide has won or tied for first in the last two tournaments they have entered. Their third-round even-par 288 total was tied for the low team score of the tournament.

The Crimson Tide will next travel to English Turn Country Club in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship on Feb. 24-26.

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Exactly one week later, the Men's Golf team earned a victory in the same event, marking the 3rd straight victory for the Crimson Tide at the Puerto Rico Classic.

The Crimson Tide pulled away from Oklahoma (-26, 838) to eventually post a seven-shot win, UA's fourth victory in its last six trips to Puerto Rico

"We really played well from top to bottom in the lineup this week," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. "It was a great battle with Oklahoma throughout the tournament - they played very well.

"OU had a one-shot lead with three holes to play and our guys really responded," Seawell said. "That was what I really liked about the win. I made sure our guys knew we were down by one shot with three holes to play. I wanted to see how they would respond, and we played 4-under on the final three holes to win the tournament."

The Crimson Tide's 14-under 274 on Day 3 was the low team score for the week

Coming down the stretch tied, Alabama made eight birdies and one bogey on Nos. 14-18 and No. 42 Oklahoma made an eagle, four birdies and five bogeys. Alabama finished the tournament at 33-under 831.

Junior Cory Whitsett led Alabama with a 6-under (66) on Tuesday, as he birdied five of his first seven holes

He finished in a tie for second among individuals with a 10-under (206). North Carolina State's Albin Choi won the individual title (-12, 204).

Junior Bobby Wyatt shot 3-under (69) on Tuesday and finished in a tie for eighth overall. Sophomore Justin Thomas and senior Scott Strohmeyer tied for 12th (-4, 212).

Redshirt freshman Tom Lovelady finished in a tie for 16th (-2, 214).

Alabama's next stop is Las Vegas. It opens play at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters on March 8.

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