Alabama wins fifth annual Schooner Fall Classic
The University of Alabama used a historic performance at the 2017 Schooner Fall Classic to capture the team and individual titles in the event's fifth year at Belmar Golf Club in Norman. The Crimson Tide shot a 21-under 831, highlighted by a 15-under final round. The Tide finished 17 strokes ahead of second-place Clemson. Alabama's success was fueled by a one-two combo of Kristen Gillman and Lauren Stephenson, who took first and second place, respectively. Gillman finished at a career-low 13-under par for the tournament to capture individual medalist honors for the second time in her career. The Austin, Texas, native equaled the school record for low 54-hole total set by Stephenson at the Mason Rudolph Championship the previous week. Stephenson shot 5-under par on Monday to finish second to Gillman at 10-under par. Alabama's team performance is the third-lowest 54-hole total and fourth-lowest score in relation to par in school history. "I'm very pleased with our performance overall," said Alabama head coach Mic Potter. "Today we were able to take advantage of our opportunities. We got the ball up and down when had the chance. I'm happy for Kristen (Gillman) and Lauren (Stephenson). They're both very talented, very decorated golfers who are used to winning tournaments. It's nice to have two players battling for a title because any time you are thrown into that fire, it makes you better moving forward." Florida (-3), Texas (-1) and Florida State (+1) rounded out the top five while host Oklahoma (+2) tied for sixth with Notre Dame. Clemson's Alice Hewson (-8) claimed third place in the individual standings and Miami's Dewi Weber and Clemson's Ana Paula Valdes (-6) tied for fourth.
Hosted in partnership with the Toby Keith Foundation, the Schooner Fall Classic is a unique tournament that ties in a community service element for all participating student-athletes and coaches. Following Saturday’s opening round, the golfers and staff members had the opportunity to interact with children staying at OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City. The Toby Keith Foundation works to encourage the health and happiness of pediatric cancer patients and their families through OK Kids Korral, which is a cost-free, comfortable home for pediatric patients receiving treatment. All proceeds from the Schooner Fall Classic benefit The Toby Keith Foundation.