March 31, 2013
BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. --- Georgia senior Emilie Burger played her final five holes at 4-under – including an eagle-2 – en route to capturing medalist honors at the Bryan National Collegiate on Sunday. The 19th-ranked Bulldogs shot 293 in the final round and finished sixth in the 17-team field at 888.
With the shotgun start, Burger opened her day at No. 3 and was 1-over through her first 13 holes. She then birdied No. 16 and eagled No. 17, holing out from 125 yards.
"I just couldn't get anything going all day," Burger said. "On 15, I got frustrated. On 16, I hit it tight again and finally made a putt. On 17, I knew I had the perfect shot. It was a 9-iron and I'd been hitting it well all day. Everyone says 'go in' when they hit a good shot but you usually don't think it's really going in. I thought it had a chance. It skipped past the hole and tucked back in."
Burger birdied No. 1 to move to 3-under on the day and 5-under overall. After a par on No. 2, Burger learned she had slipped past Virginia's Brittany Altomare to win by one shot.
"When I birdied No.1 I figured I was kind of close but I really didn't want to know," Burger said.
The victory was Burger's second of the 2012-13 season. In the fall, she claimed medalist honors at the Mason Rudolph Championship in September.
Burger's closing 69 was Georgia's low loop of the day. The Bulldogs also counted a 73 from Manuela Carbajo Ré, a 74 by Kailey Walsh and a 77 from Amira Alexander, while dropping a 79 by Rocio Sanchez Lobato.
Overall, Carbajo Ré tied for 13th at 220, and Alexander, Sanchez Lobato and Walsh all tied for 62nd at 232.
"We couldn't get anything going early (in the day)," head coach Josh Brewer said. "I kept waiting for someone to step and Emilie certainly did. Manuela had a solid score today and Kailey put together her second straight good round after a slow start. I would like to be a little higher on the team leaderboard, but this is an NCAA Regional quality field."
No. 15 Virginia completed its wire-to-wire lead atop the team field at 5-over 869. No. 6 Arkansas was second at 873, followed by Wake Forest at 885, No. 7 Vanderbilt at 886, No. 5 Florida at 887, the Bulldogs at 888, No. 23 N.C. State at 892, South Carolina at 893, No. 2 Duke and Auburn both at 894 and No. 9 North Carolina at 897.
Georgia shot 12-over in the opening round but was 12-over over the final 36 holes.
"We played very well over the final 36 holes…just about as well as anyone," Brewer said. "It was the same was last week at LSU. We talked about that as a team. In four of the past six rounds, we've beaten a lot of very good teams. We just need to figure out how to get off to a better start."
The tournament served as Georgia's regular-season finale. The Bulldogs will next compete in the SEC Championships on April 19-21 at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.
"We're getting two or three good rounds day after day from different people. That's a good sign. Hopefully, we'll be able to put that together even more at the SEC Championships and throughout the post-season."
Bryan National Collegiate
Bryans Park Championship Course
Browns Summit, N.C.
Par 72; 6386 Yards
Sunday's Second-Round Standings
Wake Forest 297-299-289=885
N.C. State 300-297-295=892
South Carolina 296-301-296=893
North Carolina 294-303-300=897
Michigan State 298-302-302=902
Florida State 307-302-299=908
UNC Wilmington 311-310-305=927
UNC Greensboro 316-306-307=928
Emilie Burger, Georgia 72-70-69=211
Brittany Altomare, Virginia 70-70-72=212
Sarah Schmelzel, South Carolina 71-73-71=215
Elizabeth Brightwell, Virginia 68-75-73=216
Brittany Marchand, N.C. State 76-70-70=216
Jessica Negron, Florida State 75-73-69=217
Lori Beth Adams, UNC Wilmington 74-71-74=219
Laetitia Beck, Duke 73-75-71=219
Briana Mao, Virginia 70-76-73=219
Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt 72-75-72=219
Marta Sanz, Auburn 75-69-75=219
Emily Tubert, Arkanas 73-71-75=219
Additional Georgia Scores
T13. Manuela Carbajo Ré, Georgia 73-74-73=220
T62. Amira Alexander, Georgia 78-77-77=232
T62. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 77-76-79=232
T62. Kailey Walsh, Georgia 83-75-74=232