FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - Alabama won its first women's golf title Friday, holding off two-time champ Southern California by a stroke at the NCAA Division I championship on the 72nd hole. Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma won the individual title by four strokes over the Tide's Brooke Pancake. The Crimson Tide gave coach Mic Potter his first national title and first for a program in its seventh trip to the national tournament when Chattanooga native Brooke Pancake rolled in a 4-footer for par on No. 18. Alabama finished at 6-over 294 in the fourth round for a 19-over 1,171 total.
Southern Cal trailed Alabama by 14 strokes after 36 holes and by two going into the final round. The national champs in 2003 and 2008 tied the Crimson Tide five times atop the leaderboard and led by five strokes before losing the lead on the back nine. Jao-Javanil, ranked 59th by GolfStat, and shot a 2-under 70 to finish at 6-under 282.
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