Alabama women’s golf coach Mic Potter didn’t mess around with his lineup Tuesday afternoon.
With the Crimson Tide playing for a spot in the national championship, he put his three All-Americans in the top three spots and dared Southern California to try to beat one of them in their semifinal in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.
Alabama will play Arizona, which it barely avoided in the quarterfinals because of a tiebreaker, in a winner-takes-all match Wednesday at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
The Wildcats defeated Stanford 4-1, and fellow Pac-12 rival UCLA in the quarterfinals, 3-2.
Golf Channel will broadcast the title match starting at 4 p.m. ET. The first players will tee off at 3:25 ET.
“We got off to a good start today and just let it ride,” Potter said in a release. “It’s a national championship, it’s not hard to stay motivated. We try to match our best player against their best player and match everyone in a way that gives them a chance to win. I don’t believe in sacrificing anyone. I want everyone to have a chance to win.”
The Trojans went down in order, with Alabama junior Lauren Stephenson winning her match against Jennifer Chang, 2&1, followed by sophomore Kristen Gillman defeating Amelia Garvey, 3&1. Junior Cheyenne Knight closed out the match with a 2&1 victory against Allisen Corpuz.
All three Crimson Tide golfers were named first-team All-Americans by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association on Tuesday morning.
Alabama defeated Kent State in the quarterfinals 4-1. The semifinal was scored 3-1-1 as senior Lakareber Abe was trailing by one hole in her match and freshman Angelica Moresco was tied. USC’s lineup featured four freshmen and a sophomore.
Both teams have won the national championship before, but not with this tournament format. Alabama won the 2012 national championship, while Arizona captured the 2000 and 1996 titles.
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- Lauren Stephenson (Alabama) d. Jennifer Chang (USC), 2-and-1
- Kristen Gillman (Alabama) d. Amelia Garvey (USC), 3-and-1
- Cheyenne Knight (Alabama) d. Allisen Corpuz (USC), 3-and-1
- Alyaa Abdulghany (USC) d. Lakareber Abe (Alabama), 1 up
- Angelica Moresco (Alabama) vs. Gabriela Ruffels (USC), all square