Chalk up another win for Alabama. The Crimson Tide, ranked No. 3 by Golfweek, blew away the field at the Tar Heel Invitational, completing a wire-to-wire victory Sunday and finishing 12 shots ahead of second-place LSU.
Alabama wasted no time in dominating the 18-team field – which included six of the top 10 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings – putting up an 11-under 277 at Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C., in Round 1. The Tide dove lower in Round 2, shaving three more shots, then tied the bow Sunday with a 3-under 285 that left the team at 28-under 836.
Three Alabama players finished in the top 6, including junior Brooke Pancake, who won a playoff against LSU senior Megan McChrystal for individual medalist honors. Both players finished the tournament at 11-under 205.
Alabama junior Camilla Lennarth was T-3 at 10-under 206 and sophomore Jennifer Kirby was T-6 at 6-under 210.
The Tar Heel marks the second team title of the season for Alabama, as the team also won the season-opening NCAA Fall Preview after beating top-ranked LSU by a single shot.
“It was a fairly dominating performance this weekend from start to finish,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. “We just have a lot of talent on our team and if they get good conditions, they are going to shoot low scores. It was fun to watch but I’m not surprised when we play like this.”
McChrystal is another familiar storyline, as she led the LSU charge for the second time this fall. McChrystal, Golfweek’s top-ranked individual, started the year with a win at the NCAA Fall Preview. LSU, which is playing on its revamped, more difficult home course (the University Club) entered the Tar Heel after winning the Mason Rudolph Championship.
Duke (No. 7) was third at 13-under 851 and Virginia (No. 10), which won the GolfweekWomen’s Conference Challenge last month, was the fourth and final team to post a total in the red with its 2-under 862. Host North Carolina (No. 16) rounded out the top 5 at 2-over 866.
In the individual race, Georgia’s Marta Silva Zamora was fourth at 9-under 207 and Louisville’s Sara-Maude Juneau was fifth another shot back.
–Information from Alabama athletics used in this report.