Feb. 17, 2014
RIO GRANDE, P.R. --- Paced by a pair of even-par 72s from Spaniards Harang Lee and Rocio Sanchez Lobato, the Georgia women's golf team posted a 6-over 294 in Monday's second round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club. The Bulldogs enter Tuesday's final round fourth in the 15-team field at 592.
In addition to the 72s from Lee and Sanchez Lobato, the Bulldogs also counted Manuela Carbajo Ré's 74 and Sammi Lee's 76, while dropping Amira Alexander's 78.
"We've had contributions throughout the lineup," head coach Josh Brewer said. "In team golf, that's perfect. The person who was high for us yesterday was low for us today. For the second day in a row, we played some pretty good golf. We had plenty of birdie chances. When we did make some bogeys, we did a nice job of continuing to fight and bounce back and follow those with birdies a good number of times today.
"I feel like we're building momentum," Brewer added. "Last weekend, we played better in the second round of the Lady Bulldog than the first and then we played even better than that the next day in our final round of qualifying. You can tell that we're improving because we're finally playing and practicing."
Though the Bulldogs are 21 shots off the pace of No. 8 Arkansas, Georgia is just eight strokes from second place.
Sanchez Lobato teed off from No. 8 on Monday and quickly moved to 2-under with birdies at No. 10 and No. 12. She gave those strokes back with consecutive bogeys at No. 14 and No. 15. Sanchez Lobato birdied No. 17 and bogeyed No. 18 to finish the back half of the course at even-par. She slipped back into red numbers with a bird at No. 4 but closed with a bogey at No. 7.
Harang Lee was consistent throughout her loop. She teed off from No. 5 and was never more than a stroke over par all day. Lee notched 12 pars, three birdies (at No. 11, No. 15 and No. 4) and three bogeys (at No. 6, No. 13 and No. 2).
A day after Georgia's quintet combined to record nine double-bogeys, the Bulldogs notched just one on Monday.
"We're controlling our golf ball and when we do happen to hit into trouble, we're accepting a bogey instead of letting it turn into a disastrous number," Brewer said. "We've talked about that and it's nice to see us play that way."
The Razorbacks are at 5-under 571, 13 shots better than Georgia Regents University Augusta at 584. Rounding out the top-10 teams are No. 19 Northwestern at 591, the Bulldogs at 592, No. 15 N.C. State and No. 22 Iowa State at 594, Auburn at 596, Purdue at 597, No. 7 Alabama at 598 and Tennessee at 600.
Purdue's Aurora Kan moved atop the individual leaderboard following a 4-under 68 that lowered her to 5-under 139. She is two strokes ahead of a trio of Arkansas golfers, Emmy Lavy, Gaby Lopez and first-round leader Emily Tubert.
For Georgia, Harang Lee is tied for 12th at 145, Sammi Lee is tied for 27th at 149, Alexander and Carbajo Ré are both tied for 41st at 152 and Sanchez Lobato is tied for 59th at 156.
The Bulldogs will be paired with Arkansas, Georgia Regents Augusta and Northwestern for Tuesday's second round. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 6:300 a.m. ET, and live scoring will be updated on a three-hole basis at golfstat.com.
Lady Puerto Rico Classic
Rio Mar Country Club River Course
Rio Grande, P.R.
Par 72; 6191 Yards
Monday's Second-Round Results
GRU Augusta 297-287=584
Iowa State 296-298=594
N.C. State 297-297=594
Kent State 305-296=601
Texas Tech 307-307=611
Aurora Kan, Purdue 71-68=139
Emily Tubert, Arkansas 68-73=141
Emmy Lavy, Arkansas 73-68=141
Gaby Lopez, Arkansas 73-68=141
Stephanie Meadow, Alabama 75-68=143
Brittany Marchand, N.C. State 71-72=143
Prima Thammaraks, Iowa State 71-72=143
Josefine Nyqvist, GRU Augusta 73-70=143
Casey Kennedy, GRU Augusta 75-69=144
Kimmy Hill, Texas Tech 74-70=144
Lucia Polo, Tennessee 74-70=144
Additional Georgia Scores
T12. Harang Lee, Georgia 73-72=145
T27. Sammi Lee, Georgia 73-76=149
T41. Amira Alexander, Georgia 74-78=152
T41. Manuela Carbajo Ré, Georgia 78-74=152
T75. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 84-72=156