Crimson Tide Women’s Golf Chases NCAA Championship Berth at Franklin Regional

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The University of Alabama Women’s Golf Team will compete in the 2022 NCAA Women’s Regional Golf Tournament in Franklin, Tenn., May 9-11. The regional championship, which will bring together 12 teams, will be held on the north course of the Vanderbilt Legends Club (par 72, 6,475 yards).

The event offers free entry and fans are encouraged to attend.

Alabama is the second seed in the field, which includes No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Oregon State, No. 6 Vanderbilt, No. 7 BYU, No. 8 Kent State, No. 9 UTSA, No. 10 Augusta, No. 11 Boston University and No. 12 Austin Peay.

UA has met five of the teams on the field at least once this season, going 12-4 combined against Wake Forest, Texas A&M, Duke, Vanderbilt and Augusta in 2021-22. This will be Alabama’s first meeting with Oregon State, BYU, Kent State, USTA, Boston and Austin Peay.

The Crimson Tide will compete in their 16th consecutive regional under the direction of the head coach Micro Potter and his 23rd overall. Alabama has played in an NCAA region every season under Potter (16) and has won four times during that streak, all in the past decade (2011, 2013, 2017, 2018).

Alabama has already played at the Vanderbilt Legends Club North Course once this season, when they earned a runner-up finish in the Mason Rudolph Championship last September. The Crimson Tide roster has a total of 852 12-under tournaments, its second-lowest team score in 2021-22. It is also the site of the 2012 Crimson Tide National Championship, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

FROM HEAD COACH MIC POTTER

“We are very happy to be back in Nashville, the site of our 2012 NCAA championship. Our preparation has gone well and we have a great history on this golf course, so I can’t wait to see what our girls can accomplish this week!”

RANGE

  • Crimson Tide’s lineup will include Polly Mac, Benedetta Moresco, Angelique Moresco, Isabelle van der Biest and Emilie Øverås, while Sarah Edwards will travel as a substitute.
  • Mack and the two Moresco sisters have taken part in all nine tournaments this season, while Edwards has taken part in seven tournaments, Øverås has taken part in six tournaments and van der Biest has taken part in five tournaments.
  • Mack leads the Crimson Tide in laps tallied, contributing 25 of his 26 laps to the team’s score. Rounding out the Tide’s top scorers, A. Moresco and B. Moresco contributed 24 rounds, Øverås tallied 12 rounds, while Edwards and van der Biest tallied 11 rounds.
  • Mack and B. Moresco are nearly tied for the team lead in adjusted average with medians of 71.27 and 71.39, respectively, this season.
    • Mack is considered the seventh player in the country, while Moresco is considered the 14th player in the country.
      • Alabama is one of only three teams in the nation to have at least two players ranked in the top 15.

    • Both players earned their first collegiate victories this season, with B. Moresco winning The Ally to cap last fall (19-under 197) and Mack winning the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic to cap this spring (3-under par 213), while each of them led his respective field wire by wire.

  • Polly Mac led the Crimson Tide to the SEC Championship in stroke play competition.
    • Although the senior recorded a 79 over par in the first round for a share of 58th place, she set back-to-back team lows over the next two days, including a 70-2 under par in the second round. and a 3-under 69 in the final round.
    • His change saw him improve 46 places in the standings to a share of 12th in a total of 218 tournaments to 2 over par.

  • A. Moresco has an adjusted scoring average of 73.40 over 25 rounds, while Øverås has an adjusted scoring average of 74.77 over 20 rounds.
    • Moresco has three top-20 finishes this season, including tied for 10th at the Moon Golf Invitational on a 214-under par in February.
    • Øverås is coming off a pair of match play victories over No. 3 seeded South Carolina and No. 2 seeded LSU at the 2022 SEC Championships last month.

  • The two newcomers from Alabama Sarah Edwards (75.00) and Isabelle van der Biest (75.76) both average rounds of just three.
    • Edwards’ best result of the season came at The Ally when she finished tied for 20th with scores of 74 and 79 in the first and second rounds, respectively, followed by an impressive 65 in the final round.
    • As a rookie, van der Biest was on the Crimson Tide roster at all five tournaments this spring, including the SEC Championship where she finished tied for 36th in the league.

TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

  • Last November, the NCAA announced a move to a six-region format for this spring.
    • Each of the six regional venues will now feature 12 teams and six individuals, with the top four teams and top two individuals (not on a progressing team) qualifying for the championships, which will be held for the second consecutive year at Grayhawk Golf Club Raptor. Classes in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 20-25.

  • With the move to six regional sites from the previous four-site format, 72 teams will still qualify for regional play, with the number of individuals not part of a progressing team increasing from 24 to 36.

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