BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of Alabama Women’s golf team upset the No. 3 team in the Nation and third-Seeded South Carolina in the 2022 SEC Women’s Golf Championship Match Play quarterfinals Saturday afternoon, 3-2-0, before falling to the No. 14 team in the Nation and second-Seeded LSU in the semifinals Saturday evening, 3-1-1.
Florida and LSU will advance to the final Sunday at the Greystone Golf and Country Club Legacy Course (par 72, 6,331 yards) in Birmingham, Ala.
The Crimson Tide was one of 14 teams in the field that featured nine teams in Golfstat’s Top 25 – No. 3 South Carolina, No. 9 Alabama, no. 10 Florida, no. 11 Texas A&M, no. 14 LSU, No. 19 Arkansas, no. 20 Auburn, no. 22 Kentucky, No. 23 Ole Miss, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
All 14 teams competed in a 54-hole, stroke-play format, which included 18 holes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Eight teams advanced to the match-play quarterfinals on Friday evening and Saturday morning, while four teams improved to the match-play semifinals on Saturday evening. The final two teams will go head-to-head in the match-play Finals on Easter Sunday.
In the Crimson Tide’s quarterfinals match play against the Gamecocks, which began Friday and concluded Saturday, Angelica Moresco, Benedetta Moresco and Emilie Øverås won their matches while Polly Mack and Isabella van der Biest fell by just one 2 & 1 and 4 & 2, respectively. In the pairing, Alabama and South Carolina were all square, 2-2-1, while the remaining match between Øverås and Fournand took a tie into the 22nd hole. Øverås won on the par-3 No. 13, her fourth extra hole, after she recorded a par and Fournand recorded a bogey.
Øverås continued her impressive play into the semifinal against the Tigers. The junior was the only Crimson Tide player to win her match in the pairing, winning by five with three holes to go. B. Moresco had a chance against the third-ranked player in college golf Ingrid Lindblad, tying the junior ahead of the 18th hole before the match was suspended. Mack, A. Moresco and van der Beist endured losses at 1UP apiece.
“I am so proud of the way our team fought in both matches today. We had a quick turnaround this afternoon and got off to a sluggish start. But, we hung in there and the LSU match came down to the final holes. I have to credit LSU for executing some great shots at critical junctures in the matches. They putted very well, and in the end, that was the difference. “
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