9:10 p.m. ET — Abe almost chipped in. Very makable putt. Moore gets just as close. Abe putts first, barely misses birdie attempt. Moore from about 5 feet for the national championship … makes it. Arizona wins 3-2.
9 p.m. ET — The playoff is on the par-5 18th hole. Moore puts second shot on green and it rolls off. Abe pulls out a wood on the edge of the fairway, puts it in the bunker before the green. She had room to chip and it’s uphill, which works in her favor.
8:45 p.m. ET — Abe went for it and knocked her second shot on to the green on the par-5 18th hole. She’ll be putting to tie her match back up and send it to a playoff. … She two-putts to win the hole. We’re going to extra holes.
8:35 p.m. ET — Moresco has about a 6-foot birdie putt on 18, one that’s tougher than it looks, and can’t get it to drop. It was both downhill and with a left-to-right slope on a fast surface. Nordaas has a par-putt to win her match and makes it. It’s 2-2 on the scoreboard and Arizona has a one-hole lead in the final match, here on 18. Abe hit a good drive, though.
8:25 p.m. ET — Abe shanked her second shot on 17 and is in serious trouble. Like knee-high rough kind of trouble behind a tree. She’s opting to take a drop. Moore had an golden opportunity despite hitting out of the rough and hit a pretty bad shot, but still won the hole. Moore leads by one hole heading to 18. … Meanwhile, on 18 Moresco might have a chance to win the hole despite being in the bunker near the green. Nordaas is in the really thick stuff.
8:20 p.m. ET — Moresco birdies 17 to win the hole. She’s down one heading to 18. To summarize, Alabama is up 2-1, is losing one match and the last one is tied. Just the national championship on the line.
8:15 p.m. ET — Arizona’s Moore with yet another birdie attempt on 16, and not only missed it but sent it well beyond the hole. As Moresco found out the hard way the green is really fast and Moore ended up with the bogey. But Abe missed the par putt, so they’re still all square heading to 17.
8 p.m. ET — Moresco just missed a good opportunity to get down to 1-down, but had her putt go off the green on 16. The freshman recovered well to get a bogey, but Nordaas was able to maintain a two-hole lead heading to 17.
7:48 p.m. ET — Arizona’s Moore misses another birdie putt to win the 15th hole, they’re still even. Everyone’s following that match on the course. Knight closes out her match 4&2, Alabama up 2-1 on the scoreboard.
7:38 p.m. ET — Arizona’s Moore misses a birdie putt to win the 14th hole. Still all even. All we’ve heard all tournament is she’s an emotional player and it carries over into her game.
7:20 p.m. ET — Abe with a bad shank on a chip-shot on 13, and she came back to make a nice putt for bogey. But it cost her the hole. We’re back to being all tied up. It’s coming down to this fifth match. Whichever golfer makes the fewest mistakes will decide the national championship.
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7:05 p.m. ET — Talk about a momentum change, Abe just won her third straight hole to go one up after 12 holes. Alabama is back in the lead.
6:55 p.m. ET — Gillman clinches her match, 4&3. So the score is 1-1.
6:50 p.m. ET — First match is over, Stephenson lost 4&3 as Arizona goes ahead 1-0. However, Abe has come back to tie to her match through 11 holes, so right now it’s looking 2-2-1 and it’ll come down to that fifth match.
6:20 p.m. ET — Knight has taken the lead against Pagdanganan, making the score 3-2, but everyone else is really struggling. Hou just went up four through 13, Morseco is down three and looks really lost on the greens and Abe is down two through nine. Someone needs to get hot very quickly (or yes, I’ll make the obvious joke that Alabama needs Tua to come into the game. Does he play golf?).
6:10 p.m. ET — Arizona is beginning to pull away, as it leads three of the matches by more than one hole. The surprising score is in the first match, where Stephenson is suddenly down three after Hou made a big birdie putt on 12. Abe on the eighth hole kind of told the story. When her tee-shot sailed into the woods, microphones picked up her saying a bad word. Wildcats lead 4-1.
5:45 p.m. ET — The teams are basically on the turn and things haven’t improved for the Crimson Tide. Down 4-1, Gillman is up three in her match, and everyone else is down a hole. Arizona’s Hou just birdied the 10th to retake the lead against Stephenson … Alabama isn’t taking advantages of its opportunities when it has them.
5 p.m. ET — Stephenson isn’t putting well, but she’s still come back and tied her match. Gillman is up two on her opponent, but that’s the end of the good news. Alabama trails in matches 3-5, although is down just a hole in each. Arizona leads 3-1-1.
4:20 ET — Not only has Alabama’s lead vanished, but Arizona has taken the lead as Nordaas makes a birdie to go up in her match against Moresco, and Stephenson has lost the last two holes and is 1 down through four. The ebb and flow has begun.
4 p.m. ET — The Golf Channel starts its official broadcast with Knight also having won the first hole, having made a long birdie putt (the kind that she struggled with Tuesday). Alabama leading 1 up in the top three matches, with the last pairing just teeing off.
3:55 p.m. ET — Gillman also wins the first hole. Alabama leads the first two matches 1 up and the other three haven’t even played a hole yet.
3:45 p.m. ET — Stephenson wins her opening hole to set the tone for the day. This is exactly why Mic Potter has had her leading off. Stephenson hasn’t trailed in any match in this tournament while Hou, a freshman, struggled and basically gave the hole away.
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The first players are on the course in Stillwater, Okla., and we’ll have live updates throughout the day. For a preview of Alabama vs. Arizona and TV information check out our story from this morning.
The lineup (with pre-tournament rankings):
- Lauren Stephenson (3) vs. Yu-Sang Hou (31)
- Kristen Gillman (6) vs. Gigi Stoll (75)
- Cheyenne Knight (19) vs. Bianca Pagdanganan (67)
- Angelica Moresco (91) vs. Sandra Nordaas (NR)
- Lakareber Abe (54) vs. Haley Moore (28)
A quick bit of new here, Stephenson was named the winner of the 2017-18 Golfstat Cup, as the collegiate golfer with the best scoring average in relation to par for the season, by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) on Wednesday.
She celebrated by hitting her first drive down the fairway on hole No. 1.