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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) – Tenth-ranked Alabama and Stephanie Meadow led wire-to-wire to capture team and medalist honors as the 12th Landfall Tradition concluded Sunday at the Country Club of Landfall’s Pete Dye Course.
The Crimson Tide led by 10 strokes after the opening day, maintained a seven-stroke cushion following the second round and wound up claiming the championship by eight strokes over runner-up Duke. Alabama and Coach Mic Potter closed with a 3-over-par 285-290-292=867 total, in front of the Blue Devils at 295-288-292=875. Clemson finished a distant third at 307-291-299=897.
Meadow, meanwhile, edged Duke’s Yu Liu for first place individually. The senior from Northern Ireland fashioned a 3-under 70-71-72=213 scorecard. Liu, a newcomer from Beijing, China, was the only other player under par at 74-69-72=215.
“Congratulations to Alabama and Stephanie Meadows on winning the Landfall Tradition,” said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. “This is always a very challenging course and the conditions made it even tougher, so I give credit to Head Coach Mic Potter and his team for their outstanding play the entire weekend.”
“The Country Club of Landfall and the Landfall Tradition Committee once again put on a first-class golf tournament. The Landfall Tradition is one of the most prestigious collegiate golf tournaments in the country and it’s because of all the support from both the Landfall community and the Wilmington community as a whole. I also want to thank our student-athletes who came out in support of us today. It really made a difference and the entire team is appreciative of their support.”
There were only five sub-par rounds on the final day on the Par 72, 6,204-yard layout along the Intracoastal Waterway. Michigan State’s Liz Nagel posted a 4-under 68 – a tournament best - and climbed from a tie for 21st place to a tie for fourth overall with her 219 card.
After starting out 11th in the opening round, host UNCW finished 17th with a 313-315-316=944 total. Senior Lori Beth Adams tied for 16th individually with a 75-74-75=224 score and senior Laverry Kumar tied for 41st with a 79-77-75=291.
Ho added: “I thought we we’re ready to step up today, we just made too many big numbers and were unable to make many birdies and that really hurt. We didn’t make enough birdie putts to balance out our scorecard and that made a huge difference in our result. We have work in the offseason on our ball-striking and our short games. Those two areas are really hurting us and we have to address those areas if we want to be consistent and compete at a higher level.”
The tournament wrapped up the fall season for the Seahawks, who have four events on tap in the spring before the Colonial Athletic Association Championships April 18-20 at St. James Plantation in Southport, N.C.
Team Standings: Alabama (285-290-292=867); Duke (295-288-292=875); Clemson (307-291-299=897); South Carolina (300-299-305=904); Wake Forest (306-303-297=906); Michigan State (309-308-293=910); Arizona (304-302-304=910); Oklahoma State (307-207-299=913); Virginia (306-308-300=914); N.C. State (323-305-294=922); Notre Dame (314-305-305=924); Ohio State (316-301-307=924); North Carolina (305-313-306=924); Iowa State (321-306-298=925); Purdue (316-309-303=928); Mississippi (316-321-304=941); UNCW (313-315-316=944); UNCG (330-332-332=944).
Individual Standings (Top-10):Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (70-71-72=213); Yu Liu, Duke (74-69-72=215); Emma Talley, Alabama (71-73-73=217); Liz Nagel, Michigan State (77-74-68=219); Laetitia Beck, Duke (73-74-72=219); Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina (71-73-75=219); Janie Jackson, Alabama (73-76-71=220); Ashlan Ramsey, Clemson (74-69-78=221); Daniela Lendl, Alabama (74-71-76=221); Celine Boutier, Duke (72-75-74=221).
UNCW Results: Lori Beth Adams (75-74-75=224); Laverry Kumar (79-77-75=231); Mallory Warrick (83-77-82=242); Megan Burnham (76-87-84=247); Jeanne Metivier (90-92-90=272