Coach Mic Potter and his Alabama Women’s Golf team are on the cusp of the second National Championship for the program. The first one came in 2012 - the same school year the football team won #14.
The No. 2 seeded Crimson Tide will face the 8-seeded Arizona Wildcats in continued Team Match Play on Wednesday for the National Championship. Coverage can be seen beginning 3pm CT on the Golf Channel.
Alabama’s power lineup of Lauren Stephenson, Kristen Gillman, Cheyenne Knight, Lakareber Abe and Angelica Moresco dominated No. 7 Kent State in the quarterfinals before defeating 3-seed Southern Cal in the semis. They were a combined 7-2-1 in match play on Tuesday.
Arizona upset No. 1 seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals and 5-seed Stanford in the semis.
It has been a long week in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The tournament began with four rounds of individual play that saw Alabama and UCLA tie for the best team score of +9. Junior Cheyenne Knight finished fourth overall at -5. Fellow junior Lauren Stephenson and sophomore Kristen Gillman were close behind at -1, good for a tie for seventh with three other competitors.
UPDATE: Lauren Stephenson won the 2017-18 Golfstat Cup, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) announced Wednesday prior to the start of the NCAA Women’s Match Play Championship. The Golfstat Cup is presented to the collegiate golfer who posts the best scoring average in relation to par each season. Stephenson is Alabama’s first Golfstat Cup winner since the award’s inception in 1996.