2007 Season Review

Post-Season Finishes: 1st at SECs; 8th at NCAA Championships Final Rankings: No. 3 by Golfweek; No. 2 by Golfstat

Bulldogs enjoy stellar campaign

Georgia secured its eighth top-10 national finish in the last decade - and 19th overall - by finishing eighth at the NCAA Championships.

While a top-10 effort was notable, it was not the performance the Bulldogs hoped for. In the fall, Georgia captured the Golf Daytona Fall Preview on the same layout which hosted the NCAAs. The Dogs also won their league-leading 11th SEC title a month earlier and looked primed for a national championship run.

Though any shot of a national title had slipped from its grasp before the final day, Georgia entered the fourth round of the NCAAs in fourth place but fell four spots.

"We didn't finish like we wanted to today, but this was still a successful season and we have a lot to be proud of," interim coach Véronique Drouin said.

Dogs collect two big team titles

Georgia led wire-to-wire en route to winning the team championships at two of the biggest events of the year - the Fall Preview and the SEC Championships.

The Bulldogs opened with a 289 and closed with a 3-under 285 to top a field which included 14 of the nation's top-15 teams at the Preview.

Another 3-under 285, this one in the first round at the SECs, gave Georgia a six-shot advantage the Dogs eventually pushed to 16 strokes in the final standings.

Lee, Leon claim individual crowns

Sophomores Alina Lee and Taylor Leon secured individual medalist honors at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic and SEC Championships, respectively.

Lee became what is believed to be the youngest medalist in women's collegiate golf history. She won the title on Feb. 25 when she was exactly 16 years and seven months old. She will turn 17 on June 25.

Leon trailed teammate Garrett Phillips on the leaderboard following the first and second rounds at the SECs but closed with a 5-under 67 to capture top honors by four strokes. Leon became Georgia's seventh SEC individual champion.

Team, individual stroke records fall

Georgia lowered its team stroke average for the fourth time in seven years, highlighted by Taylor Leon besting the Bulldogs' individual season average mark as well.

The Bulldogs' 2006-07 average of 294.50 was more than a stroke per round better than the previous school record of 295.68 set a year earlier.

Leon finished with a 72.63 average, which broke the existing record of 72.91 set by Angela Jerman in 2001-02.

The top Dog? Depends on the week

Five golfers served as the Bulldogs' top individual during the 2006-07 season. Taylor Leon paced Georgia in a quartet of tourneys; Mallory Hetzel, Alina Lee and Whitney Wade led the squad twice; and Garrett Phillips did so once.

Event Top Dog Score Finish Mason Rudolph G. Phillips 212 2nd Fall Preview M. Hetzel 215 t-2nd Mercedes-Benz T. Leon 217 t-3rd Stanford W. Wade 209 5th Puerto Rico A. Lee 217 t-1st UCF Challenge A. Lee 218 3rd Liz Murphey M. Hetzel 225 t-19th Bryan National W. Wade 223 t-9th SECs T. Leon 208 1st NCAA Central T. Leon 214 5th NCAAs T. Leon 298 t-14th Some time at the top

Georgia spent the majority of the fall and the beginning of the spring at No. 1 in both the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and the Golfstat national rankings.

Georgia moved atop the polls after winning the Golf Daytona Beach Fall Preview and stayed there through the rest of the 2006 calendar. The Bulldogs eventually slipped from the top sport following runner-up showings in their first two tournaments of the spring.

Leon, Wade tabbed All-America

Taylor Leon and Whitney Wade were honored as All-Americans by both the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) and Golfweek.

Leon, who finished the season at No. 6 and No. 8 in the Golfweek and Golfstat individual rankings, was tabbed first-team All-America. Leon also was named SEC Golfer of the Year and first-team All-SEC.

Wade was an honorable mention All-America pick. She earned first-team All-SEC honors for the fourth straight year, only the second Bulldog golfer to accomplish that feat.

Alina Lee and Garrett Phillips were named second-team All-SEC.

Lee posted two top-5 individual efforts and finished the year with a 75.07 average and seven par-or-better rounds.

Phillips, who was the only golfer in the lineup for all 11 tournaments, had three-top 10s, including tying for second at the SECs, and posted nine par-or-better tallies in 34 rounds en route to a 74.97 average.

2006-07 Team Results

DateEventTournament LocationResult
9/15-17 Mason Rudolph ChampionshipFranklin, Tenn. 2nd of 15 (866)
9/2-24 Golf Daytona Fall Preview Daytona, Fla. 1st of 15 (869)
10/13-15 Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Knoxville, Tenn. *2nd of 15 (887)
10/20-22 Stanford Intercollegiate Palo Alto, Calif. 3rd of 15 (862)
11/3-5 NGCA Match Play Championship Orlando, Fla. 3rd of 16 (3-1)
2/23-25 Lady Puerto Rico Classic San Juan, P.R. t-2nd of 16 (878)
3/3-5 UCF Challenge Orlando, Fla. 2nd of 13 (886)
3/23-25 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic Athens, Ga. 8th of 18 (907)
4/6-8 Bryan National Collegiate Browns Summit, N.C. 6th of 18 (908)
4/20-22 SEC Championships West Point, Miss. 1st of 12 (865)
5/10-12 NCAA Central Regional Ann Arbor, Mich. 2nd of 23 (880)
5/22-25 NCAA Championships Daytona, Fla. 8th of 24 (1205)
* lost in playoff

2006-07 Individual Statistics

Name EventsRounds Strokes Avg.Low (PoB) Top 10 (20)
Taylor Leon 1030*217972.63 67 (14) 7 (8)
Whitney Wade 1031 2298 74.13 67 (3) 3 (7)
Garrett Phillips 11342549 74.97 67 (9)3 (5)
Mallory Hetzel1031 2344 75.61 69 (4) 1 (2)
Alina Lee9282102 75.07 70 (7) 2 (4)
Carolina Andrade 515 1140 76.00 71 (3) 9 (0)
Individual Totals 11169 12612 74.63 67 (40) 16 (26)
Team Totals 11 34 10013 294.50 280 (5) 11 (11)
PoB=Par-or-Better Rounds; * Leon withdrew of the final round at Stanford due to an illness.

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