STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The 2011 SWAC Women’s Golf Champion Alabama State Lady Hornets continued its strong play this week and have a commanding lead after day one of the National Women’s Collegiate Golf Classic at Stone Mountain Golf Course just outside of Atlanta.
Alabama State leads with a 327 score, ahead of second place Bethune-Cookman (347), third place South Carolina State (351) and fourth-place Hampton (354).
“For such a difficult course and difficult conditions, I am extremely proud of these ladies for the way they kept their composure and played in control,” Hornets’ head coach Gary Grandison said. “They are not use to playing on a mountain course where the grain slopes toward the mountain. However, the decisions they made and the way they played was just astounding. To have such a big lead on such a strong field speaks a lot for their dedication.”
Heavy cloud cover and hazy/misty raining conditions greeted the golfers early, but Amelie Buhl posted a four-over 41 on the front nine to set the pace on the par-72, 6,129-yard Stonemont Course, with familiar Stone Mountain in the nearby distance.
Buhl shot a back nine 1-under 35 to lead all golfers with a total score of four-over 76. Eileen Meredith (80), Taaj Hubbard (84) Danielle Robinson (87) and Jessica Williams (95) all played well, particularly on the back nine where all five golfers improved between one-six shots from their opening nine.
“A local PGA professional described the front nine of this course as the toughest in Atlanta,” Grandison said of the challenging layout. “For them to have the lowest scores on both sides again speaks a lot to them keeping their composure and playing in control.”
The 36-hole tournament concludes Sunday with Alabama State beginning play at 9 a.m.