Alabama rallies to win Lady Puerto Rico Classic
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Alabama freshman Stephanie Meadow led top-ranked Alabama to a five-shot victory Tuesday at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
Leading by nine shots entering the final round, the Crimson Tide rallied on the back nine to top Iowa State at the River Course at the Rio Mar Beach Resort. Alabama claimed its third title in five starts this season by finishing at 11-over 875, five shots ahead of the Cyclones. Florida State was third at 891.
“Iowa State played well today and got at least a couple strokes ahead of us at one point in the middle of the round,” Alabama coach Mic Potter. “We didn’t look like we had anything going at all, and then all of the sudden we got a couple of putts to drop and hit the shots down the stretch we needed to win. At the same time, Iowa State helped us out with a couple of bogeys.”
Meadow, a native of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, shot a 3-under 69 in the final round to claim her first collegiate title. She finished with a 4-under 212 to edge Florida State’s Maria Salinas by a shot and Georgia’s Marta Silva Zamora by two.
“Stephanie was just awesome today,” Potter said. “She was really solid and really steady. I knew since the time she got on campus that she was going to be a missing link for us. She is a player that knows how to win tournaments.”
Information from the Alabama athletic department was used in this report.