Women's countdown: No. 2 Alabama
We are counting down the top 30 women's teams heading into the fall college season.
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2012-13 Golfweek rank: 3
Go-to girl: Stephanie Meadow
Season outlook: Alabama won six times last spring and entered the NCAA Championship among the favorites. A seventh-place finish in Athens, Ga., was disappointing for the Crimson Tide, but it was among the only blemishes on Alabama’s season. Head coach Mic Potter’s teams tend to learn from experience, however. The Tide followed a T-8 at the 2011 NCAA Championship with a national title in 2012.
Expect Meadow to lead Alabama as effectively as she did last season. The past three years have produced seven college victories, and Meadow’s recent work with Vision54 should help her again contend for Player of the Year honors.
Now that sophomore Emma Talley is comfortable in Tuscaloosa, she should consistently contribute a low score for the Tide. Talley is fresh off a U.S. Women’s Amateur triumph, which should be a big confidence boost. Under Potter’s tutelage, Talley has improved her putting enough to be dangerous.
Alabama trades graduating senior Jennifer Kirby for Arizona transfer Janie Jackson, a 'Bama native. That rounds out a solid top three, and junior Daniela Lendl and senior Hannah Collier are good bets to round out the lineup. Help also could come from freshmen Cammie Gray, a walk-on who redshirted last season but won two Alabama state titles and advanced to the third round of match play at last month's Women’s Amateur, and Mia Landegren, who won the 2012 Connecticut State Women's Amateur. Landegren holds dual citizenship in Sweden and plays on that country’s national team.
– Julie Williams