Post-Season Finishes: 6th at SECs; 9th at NCAA Championships
Lady Bulldogs back among top-10 at NCAA Championships
Georgia played the final two holes of the NCAA Championships at 3-under par to finish ninth in the final standings.
Freshman Whitney Wade birdied her 17th hole and sophomores Jackie Beers and Kelly Froelich both birdied their 18th holes as Georgia completed the final round with a 10-over 298.
"We closed out strong, which is positive," Todd McCorkle said. "I still feel like we're better than we played. I hate to use youth as an excuse, but we are a very young team. We'll learn from this."
The Lady Dogs secured their sixth top-10 finish in the last seven NCAAs. Georgia won the national title in 2001 and also finished 10th in 1998, second in 1999, seventh in 2000 and fifth in 2002. The Lady Dogs were 11th in 2003, a single stroke away from 10th place.
"I would never say I'm satisfied with a ninth-place finish," McCorkle said. "I believe we should be competing for national championships every year. But finishing 11th last year just stuck in my craw, so I guess finishing ninth will feel better than that over the summer."
Team average mark falls
The Lady Bulldogs' average of 297.76 in 2003-04 bettered their stroke average record of 298.03 established en route to winning the 2001 NCAA title.
A strong regular season
The Lady Dogs posted three team wins in eight stroke play events during 2003-04.
Georgia captured titles at the Mason Rudolph Championship, the Lady Paladin Invitational and the Liz Murphey Collegiate.
In addition, the Lady Bulldogs finished as runner-up at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic and placed fourth at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate.
However, perhaps Georgia's most impressive performances did not show up in either the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index or the Golfstat rankings.
The Lady Dogs finished as runner-up to Duke at the Hooters National Match Play. There, Georgia led for much of the final before the Blue Devils knotted the fifth and deciding match on the 18th hole and won the title on the first extra hole.