HOOVER, Ala. (WTVA/SEC Athletics) – Paced by Southeastern Conference individual champion Stephanie Meadow, No. 2 Alabama finished with a three-day 35-over-par total of 899 (304-293-302) to claim the 2013 SEC Women’s Golf Championship on Sunday at Greystone Golf and Country Club.
Mississippi State's Ally McDonald finished in a tie for third individually. Ole Miss was paced by Stani Schiavone, who finished tied for 14th.
As a team, Mississippi State placed tied for fifth while Ole Miss came in 12th.
The Crimson Tide – the defending NCAA Champions - captured their second all-time SEC women’s golf title, after also winning the 2010 event. It was a dominating performance for Alabama, which won by 14 strokes. It also was the Crimson Tide's sixth tournament win of the season, which set a school record.
Georgia finished second overall with a 49-over-par 913 (306-305-302), while South Carolina was third with a 54-over-par 918 (306-309-303).
“It’s an honor to win in the SEC,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. “There are so many good teams and so many teams that have competed for SEC and national championships, great coaches and great athletes. It’s an honor to take that trophy home, but more so to do it at a fantastic golf course like Greystone.”
Meadow, a junior from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, captured the SEC individual title with an even-par 216 (75-69-72). Meadow was the only golfer in the field to finish at even par on the challenging Greystone course. She finished nine strokes ahead of second-place finisher Sarah Harris of Kentucky.
“Stephanie is a great player,” Potter said. “She is very realistic. She blames everybody but herself. She has a really well-thought out plan for improvement and sticks to it every day, and that’s a great example for all of our players.”
Meadow became the first women’s golfer in Alabama school history to win an SEC individual title. For Meadow, it was her sixth career tournament medalist honor, which extends her own school record.
“It’s awesome,” Meadow said. “I didn’t know I was the first, so that’s pretty cool. It’s just a lot of hard work from all of us that has paid off, team-wise and for me. I’m really happy that I can do it for Alabama.”
Kentucky’s Harris placed second overall with a nine-over-par 225 (73-76-76), while three golfers – South Carolina’s Justine Dreher, Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald and Arkansas’ Emily Tubert - all tied for third with a 10-over-par 226 score.
The 2013 season marked the first time that Alabama claimed men’s and women’s SEC golf titles in the same year, as the Crimson Tide men won the SEC title earlier on Sunday at St. Simons Island, Ga.
The 2013 SEC Women’s Golf Championship marked the first of four consecutive years that the event is scheduled to be played at the Greystone Golf and Country Club in Hoover.
1. Alabama (304-293-302 = 899) + 35
2. Georgia (306-305-302 = 913) +49
3. South Carolina (306-309-303 = 918) +54
4. Vanderbilt (309-309-301 = 919) +55
T5. Kentucky (306-308-308 = 922) +58
T5. Mississippi State (306-303-313 = 922) +58
T7. Arkansas (313-308-302 = 923) +59
T7. LSU (303-311-309 = 923) + 59
9. Tennessee (312-309-308 = 929) +65
10. Auburn (321-306-306 = 933) +69
11. Texas A&M (318-309-307 = 934) +70
12. Ole Miss (317-321-303 = 941) +77
13. Florida (315-318-319 = 952) +88
14. Missouri (312-321-322 = 955) +91
1. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (75-69-72 = 216) E
2. Sarah Harris, Kentucky (73-76-76 = 225) +9
T3. Emily Tubert, Arkansas (76-74-76 = 226) +10
T3. Justine Dreher, South Carolina (74-76-76 = 226) +10
T3. Ally McDonald, Mississippi State (77-70-79 = 226) +10
T6. Victoria Trapani, Auburn (78-73-76 = 227) +11
T6. Liz Breed, Kentucky (76-73-78 = 227) +11
T8. Sarah Schmelzel, South Carolina (76-76-76 = 228) +12
T8. Manuela Carbajo Re, Georgia (77-75-76 = 228) +12
T8. Rica Tse, Mississippi State (77-78-73 = 228) +12