WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Featuring two of the top three players atop the individual leaderboard, Alabama grabbed a 10-stroke lead following opening-day action of The Landfall Tradition Friday at the Country Club of Landfall.
The college women’s golf tournament, in its 12th year at CCL, runs Friday through Sunday at the Pete Dye Course and features 18 of the nation’s top teams and many of the country’s top golfers.
“With the cooler temperatures and a strong north wind, today’s conditions made scoring very difficult,” said veteran UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. Temperatures in the area dipped into the low 50s and a stiff breeze challenged the 95-player field.
The Crimson Tide, ranked 10th in the Golfstat poll, last played on the course during the 2010 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, finishing third in the event. And during Friday’s opening round of The Tradition, Coach Mic Potter’s team looked right at home.
Alabama conquered the Par-72, 6,204-yard layout with a three–under par 285 total, paced by Stephanie Meadow’s 2-under 70. The Crimson Tide own a 10-shot lead over second place Duke (295), followed by South Carolina (300), Arizona (304) and North Carolina (305).
Meadow, who won the Southeastern Conference and 2013 NCAA East Regional championships one year ago, had three birdies on the back nine. She holds a one-stroke lead over teammates Hannah Collier and Emma Talley, North Carolina’s Jackie Chang and South Carolina’s Katelyn Dambaugh.
Three of the five players that scored under-par on the first day hailed from Alabama – Meadow (70), Collier (71) and Talley (71). Only six golfers in the field played the layout in par or better on a breezy, cool day along the Intracoastal Waterway.
The average score on the first day of competition was 78.81 and the toughest hole proved to be the 385-yard Par-4 third hole, which featured no birdies, just 38 pars, 44 bogies and 11 double bogeys.
Senior Lori Beth Adams shot a 3-over 75 to lead the Seahawks, who own 11th place. The Burlington, N.C., product led the field with 15 pars, just ahead of Meadow’s 14. Megan Burnham tied for second overall with four birdies during her solid opening round.
“Overall, I was pleased with how we competed,” said Ho. “I wanted our women to play their own game, which they did, and I’m proud of them.
“We were in the first wave this morning and I was pleased to see us keep the conditions from really impacting our score. As the day went on, the scores kept getting higher, so we were able to benefit from that and put ourselves in a good position heading into the second round.
“Megan had a very solid front nine and overcame a couple hiccups on the back side by finishing strong with two birdies in her final three holes. Both Megan and Lori Beth had good showings on a tough day on the course.”
The second round begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with even cooler temperatures expected in the morning.
Team Standings: Alabama, 285; Duke, 295; South Carolina, 300; Arizona, 304; North Carolina, 305; Virginia, 306; Wake Forest, 306; Clemson, 307; Oklahoma State, 307; Michigan State, 309; UNCW, 313; Notre Dame, 314; Purdue, 316; Mississippi, 316; Ohio State, 316; Iowa State, 321; N.C. State, 323; UNCG, 329.
Individual Standings (Top-10): Stephanie Meadow, Alabama, 70; Jackie Chang, North Carolina, 71; Hannah Collier, Alabama, 71; Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina, 71; Emma Talley, Alabama, 71; Celine Boutier, Duke, 72; Laetitia Beck, Duke, 73; Janie Jackson, Alabama, 73; Portland Rosen, Virginia, 73; Ashley Armstrong, Notre Dame, 74; Isabella Deilert, Oklahoma State, 74; Allison Emrey, Wake Forest, 74; Daniela Lendl, Alabama, 74; Yu Liu, Duke, 74; Kendall Prince, Arizona, 74; Ashlan Ramsey, 74; Sloan Shanahan, Clemson, 74; Carmen Vidau, Iowa State, 74.
UNCW Results: Lori Beth Adams, 75; Megan Burnham, 76; Laverry Kumar, 79; Mallory Warrick, 83; Jeanne Metivier, 90.