BIRMINGHAM – The Alabama women’s golf team set an SEC championship record with a blistering 13-under par final round on Sunday to tie for second place at the 2017 Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Championship at the par-72 6,202-yard Legacy Course at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham.
The final round 13-under par 275 by the Crimson Tide is a new SEC Women’s Golf Championship record for score and score vs. par. The previous record was an 11-under par 277 by Texas A&M in the second round of the 2015 championship, which was also played at Greystone.
Alabama (295-285-275/855) opened Sunday’s final round in seventh place at 4-over par but posted a 6-under par front nine to move to 2-under at the turn. The Crimson Tide continued its strong play on the back nine, with a 7-under par finish to vault into second place at 9-under par. Overall, Alabama finished with a tournament-leading 58 birdies over the three rounds along with two eagles.
The Florida Gators shot 10-under par on Sunday to finish at 22-under par (284-280-278/842) for the tournament and earn the 2017 championship. Georgia (287-282-286/855) finished tied with Alabama at 9-under par after a 2-under par final round.
Sophomore Cheyenne Knight led the Tide on Sunday with a 6-under par day to tie for fifth place at 5-under par (75-70-66/211). Her final round 66 was her ninth round in the 60s this season. Freshman Kristen Gillman tied for seventh at 4-under par (72-69-71/211). Gillman’s 1-under par round on Sunday included an eagle on the par-5, 463-yard 11th hole. Sophomore Lauren Stephenson (74-72-67/213) posted a 5-under par round to tie for 13th and equal Knight with her ninth round in the 60s this season. Senior Mia Landegren (75-74-71/220) carded a 1-under par round to tie for 30th. Junior Lakareber Abe (74-80-72/226) was even-par on Sunday and tied for 50th.