Crimson Tide Women’s Golf Shoots Under Par, Garners Fourth Place at ANNIKA Intercollegiate

Joey Blackwell

Staff member
The following is a release sent out by Alabama Athletics:

Crimson Tide Women’s Golf Shoots Under Par, Garners Fourth Place at ANNIKA Intercollegiate
Polly Mack collected 16 birdies to finish tied for eighth place on a 3-under-par 213

LAKE ELMO, Minn. — The University of Alabama women’s golf team concluded its first tournament on the schedule Wednesday, putting an exclamation point on a highly anticipated season opener at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate. Competing in a stacked field at the Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, Minn., the Crimson Tide finished in fourth place on a 1-under-par 863.

The ANNIKA Intercollegiate annually boasts one of the most decorated fields in women’s golf, and this year was no different. Of the 12 teams represented this week, 11 teams finished last season in the top 25 and seven teams finished last season in the top 10, according to Golfstat. The Minnesota Gophers welcomed No. 2 Duke, No. 4 South Carolina, No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Ole Miss, No. 7 Wake Forest, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 9 Texas, No. 12 Southern California, No. 13 Arizona, No. 18 UCLA and No. 25 Alabama to their annual tournament.

The Gamecocks led wire-to-wire, topping the leaderboard at 14-under-par 850. The Blue Devils and the Deacons traded second and third place throughout the final round, but Duke found second place at 7-under-par 857, while Wake Forest settled in third place at 5-under-par 859.

The Crimson Tide kept its tournament total under par for just the second time in its last 13 outings, and in the brisk temperatures of Minnesota, two players also kept their tournament total under par, en route to earning top-15 finishes.

Polly Mack paced the lineup, following her second-round 67 with a final-round 72. The veteran concluded the tournament tied for eighth place on a 3-under-par 213, collecting 16 birdies along the way.

Benedetta Moresco hung tough down the stretch. Recovering from a 4-over-par 76 in the second round, she rallied a 1-under-par 71 in the final round to land tied for 13th at 1-under-par 215.

It marked both Mack’s and Moresco’s fifth top-15 finish in each of their careers at the Capstone.

Highlighted by her eagle on the par-4 No. 10 to start the back nine, Emilie Øverås recorded a 1-over-par 73 in her final 18 holes, finishing tied for 28th at 4-over-par 220.

Angelica Moresco put together a pair of solid performances on moving day and closing day, logging a second- and third-round, even-par 72. The graduate student concluded the tournament tied for 33rd at 5-over-par 221.

Competing in her first tournament in Crimson and White, Sarah Edwards shot a final-round, 4-over-par 76 for a tournament-total, 9-over-par 225 to finish tied for 44th.

“That is the standard that we aim for, to shoot under par and well under par. I told the team today I was more impressed with today’s round than I was yesterday’s round, even though the score wasn’t as good. We showed that we can battle and not give up, and that is the true measure of a great team. That will pay dividends throughout the year, I’m sure.”

T8 Polly Mack 74-67-72 (213)
T13 Benedetta Moresco 68-76-71 (215)
T28 Emilie Øverås 72-75-73 (220)
T33 Angelica Moresco 77-72-72 (221)
T44 Sarah Edwards 79-70-76 (225)

The Alabama women’s golf team will travel to Nashville, Tenn., to compete at the Mason Rudolph Championship Sept. 24-26. It will mark the second of four fall tournaments for the Crimson Tide this season.