Crimson Tide Top 5: Women’s Golf
The Alabama Women’s Golf Team has been around since 1974 and has seen moderate levels of success.
It wasn’t until Mic Potter became head coach in 2005 that the Crimson Tide program took off. And on a large scale. In fact, everyone in the Crimson Tide Top 5 in Women’s Golf has played for Potter.
There are several Potter players who have contributed to Crimson Tide’s high level of success, and should not be overlooked.
Jenny Suh was one of those early Potter teams who helped turn the program around. Kathleen Ekey was a major player in 2008-09 and Camilla Lennarth was a major player in 2010-11.
The biggest affront could be Lauren Stephenson. She was the GolfWeek Player of the Year and GolfStat Cup winner in 2018 and twice on the U.S. First Team All-Star. Unfortunately, someone is going to be excluded from these types of lists. Stephenson and the others, however, deserve some credit and recognition.
So on with the Top 5:
5. Kristen Gillman
It didn’t take long for Gillman to make an impact in Alabama. She won SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2017. In 11 tournaments this first year, she has finished in the top 10 seven times with a medal at Bryan National Collegiate.
Gillman was even more impressive in her sophomore year, beating teammate Jiwon Jeon to win the American Women’s Amateur Title. She was seventh overall in stroke play and 3-0 in match play at the NCAA Championships, where the Crimson Tide finished second.
The two-time first-team player at GolfWeek All-American later turned pro and finished in the career top 10 five times.
4. Brooke pancakes
It’s not every day that you get the decisive putt to give your school its first national championship. That’s exactly what the Pancake 4-footer did against Southern Cal in 2012. She was the star of the tournament for Alabama, finishing second in individual stroke play.
She was also the star of the college golf world in 2012, winning the Honda Sports Award, awarded to the best female golfer in the country.
The three-time GolfWeek and the two-time WGCA All-American were also named SEC Freshman of the Year.
3. Cheyenne Chevalier
She did just about everything for Alabama. Knight burst onto the scene in 2016 and was named WGCA Freshman of the Year, finishing fourth overall at the NCAA Championships.
She was SEC second-year player of the year and low medalist at Mason Rudolph Championship and Intercollegiate Darius Rucker.
She did all she could in the NCAA Championships the following year, going 3-0 in match play and fourth in stroke play.
Knight is a three-time WGCA All-American and two-time GolfWeek All-American and is second on the schools list for tournament wins with four.
2. Emma Talley
Winning the US amateur title in 2013 doesn’t count towards his Crimson Tide career, but it must be the best accomplishment of Talley’s time at Tuscaloosa.
Otherwise, winning the 2015 NCAA Individual Championship would definitely be a certainty. Either way, both are awesome.
You can also win the 2015 Honda Sports Award, which is awarded to the best female golfer in the country, and a 2014 Curtis Cup title where she helped the American team win the championship.
1. Stephanie Prairie
Where to start? Well, the obvious answer is Meadow, who helped Crimson Tide claim their first national title in 2012.
This is just one of the many claims Meadow has on his Alabama CV. All Meadow has done in Alabama is win. She is the school’s record holder for tournament wins (9) and is a four-time American First Team All-Star for GolfWeek and three-time American All-Star for WGCA.
Meadow holds the Alabama mark for most laps of par or better (73). The next closest is 58. His 404 birdies in 132 rounds are also highs in school history, and 95 percent of his scores counted towards Tide’s team total. It is also a better school.
The Jordanstown, Northern Ireland native won the UK Women’s Amateur Championship in 2012, was twice SEC Player of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year.
Not a bad career.