April 20, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The Georgia women's golf team posted a 16-over 304 in Sunday's final round of the SEC Championships at Greystone Golf and Country Club, leaving the Bulldogs tied for eighth at 909.
Freshman Sammi Lee led Georgia individually with a 1-over 73. The Bulldogs also counted a 76 from Harang Lee, a 77 from Rocio Sanchez Lobato and a 78 from Manuela Carbajo Ré, while dropping Amira Alexander's 82.
"We finished strong today," head Coach Josh Brewer said. "You'd like to finish higher when you're 't-8th' and a shot from seventh, but I feel like we've got some momentum going into Regionals. It's going to help us preach every shot matters. We finished one shot out of seventh and tied for eighth. We can ask them 'Could you have saved one shot throughout the week?' I'm sure all of us could. We're playing as good as we have all spring."
The eighth-place finish holds a little more significance in college golf. Georgia will next compete in one of three NCAA Regionals where the top-eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championships. The SEC field was likely stronger than what the Bulldogs will see at a Regional considering nine league teams entered the weekend ranked in the top-25 of the Golfstat/Sagarin Performance Index.
Lee was even through eight holes, with a bogey at No. 6 and a birdie at No. 8, but then double-bogeyed No. 9 to turn at 2-over. After another bogey at No. 11, Lee played the final five holes at 2-under, with birdies at No. 14 and No. 16.
"You always wonder when it's a freshman's first SEC Championship how they'll handle it," Brewer said. "Sammi played consistent all week. She played well yesterday but didn't really get the score she deserved. It was good to see her go ahead and finish it off today and make a big putt on 18 to shoot 73. That should give her a big shot of momentum heading into Regionals."
"I played a really sold round of golf today," Lee said. "I made a couple of mistakes, but I was able to refresh and not let it get me down. I rebounded and was able to finish the last five holes 2-under. This is my first time here. It's exciting to play well and the confidence boost I needed. I feel like I'm hitting the ball well and putting well. I feel good about my golf game right now and am excited about going forward for the rest of the season."
Georgia played incredibly consistent throughout the 54-hole event, shooting 302 on Friday, 303 on Saturday and 304 on Sunday.
"The first round and third round were good scores because we had tough conditions those days," Brewer said. "Yesterday, we needed to score better. The conditions were easier and we just didn't adjust quick enough to make more birdies."
Vanderbilt's Simin Feng captured medalist honors to lead the Commodores to the SEC team title as well. Feng finished at 7-under 209, eight shots better than LSU's Lindsay Gahm and Arkansas' Gaby Lopez.
For Georgia, Sammi Lee tied for 24th at 227, Alexander tied for 28th at 228, Carbajo Ré tied for 31st at 229, Sanchez Lobato tied for 44th at 232 and Harang Lee tied for 49th at 233.
No. 13 Vanderbilt's 879 provided a nine-shot victory over No. 6 South Carolina. Rounding out the top-10 teams were No. 4 Arkansas at 892, No. 7 Alabama at 896, No. 16 LSU at 898, No. 22 Auburn at 900, Texas A&M at 908, the Bulldogs and Kentucky at 909 and No. 19 Florida and Missouri both at 913.
The Bulldogs will find out their NCAA Regional placement a week from Monday. Twenty-four teams will be assigned to Regionals in Tallahassee, Fla., Stillwater, Fla.; and Cle Elum, Wash. Those tournaments will be contested May 8-10, with the NCAA Championships slated for Tulsa on May 20-23.
SEC Women's Golf Championships
Greystone Golf & Country Club
Par 72; 6037 Yards
Sunday's Final-Round Standings
South Carolina 301-299-290=890
Texas A&M 305-302-301=908
Mississippi State 321-301-296=918
Ole Miss 313-305-307=925
Simin Feng, Vanderbilt 73-70-66=209
Lindsay Gahm, LSU 73-71-73=217
Gaby Lopez, Arkansas 73-72-72=217
Justine Dreher, S. Carolina 73-73-71=218
Janie Jackson, Alabama 68-75-76=219
Stephanie Meadow, Alabama 75-71-73=219
Maria Torres, Florida 72-73-74=219
Marta Sanz, Auburn 74-73-73=220
Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt 71-72-78=221
Jess Meek, Missouri 75-73-74=222
Sarah Schmeizel, S. Carolina 74-75-73=222
Emily Tubert, Arkansas 73-73-76=222
Additional Georgia Scores
T24. Sammi Lee, Georgia 77-77-73=227
T28. Amira Alexander, Georgia 73-73-82=228
T31. Manuela Carbajo Ré, Georgia 74-77-78=229
T44. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 78-77-77=232
T49. Harang Lee, Georgia 81-76-76=233