Knowles drives Warhawks to 2nd place finish at UAB

Dakota Ratley

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The women’s golf team took a second place finish in the UAB Fall Beach Blast.

After winning their past two tournaments, the 2013 ULM Fred Marx Invitational and the Arkansas State Tournament, the team finished four strokes behind Tulsa.

“It’s been a good fall season so far. Obviously, with two wins and then we finished second last week behind a good Tulsa program. I’m happy that our hard work is paying off, and it’s showing in our scores and in our finishes,” said head coach Stacy Snider.

Allison Knowles also felt the team put forth a good effort despite not winning a third straight tournament.

“It was a little disappointing. We were hoping for the win again, but we can’t control how other teams play,” said Knowles.

Allison Knowles once again led the team, finishing in a tie for third individually. Kathy Sterling and Ines Fednt also recorded top ten finishes.

Knowles has now finished in the top five individually in three straight tournaments.

Knowles said, “I just keep practicing hard and doing what I’m doing. I’m trying not to focus too much on winning again, just playing as good as I can.”

The team now looks forward to the newly added Sun Belt Conference Preview, played in Mobile, Ala. Knowles is confident going into the tournament.

“I feel like we’re the top team going into it, so, we’re obviously going for the win.”

That confidence is what Coach Snider wants out of her team.

“If we play like we have been we obviously have a chance to win, and that what I’m trying to prepare the girls for every time we step on the golf course is that they have the confidence that they can go out and win the tournament.”

After the Sun Belt Conference Preview, the team will make play at the Le Triomphe, 2014 Lady Jaguar Invitations, 2014 Lady Eagles Invitational, LSU Golf Classic and HBU Women’s Intercollegiate before entering postseason play with the Sun Belt Conference Championships.