April 22, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. --- The No. 9-ranked Georgia women's golf team shot 319 under blustery conditions during the final round of the SEC Championships at the Blessings Golf Club on Sunday and finished fifth in the final standings at 933.
Individually, Marta Silva Zamora carded a 3-over 75 and finished fifth at 10-over 226, while freshman Rocio Sanchez Lobato shot 76 and tied for eighth at 229.
"It was such a challenge today," head coach Kelley Hester said. "I can't say enough about the rounds that Marta and Rocio had today. Under these conditions, those were very impressive efforts."
The wind picked soon after the Bulldogs teed off at 8 a.m. and blew at a steady 20 mile-per-hour pace the rest of the day.
Georgia also counted an 82 from Emilie Burger and an 86 by Milena Savich while dropping Amelia Hill's 90. Overall, Burger tied for 21st at 223, Savich tied for 44th at 245 and Hill placed 60th at 261.
No. 5 Auburn edged Arkansas by a stroke to claim the team title. The Tigers shot 313 on Sunday and finished at 916. Trailing the Razorbacks were No. 2 Alabama at 917, No. 15 Florida at 925, the Bulldogs, No. 24 South Carolina at 936, No. 7 LSU at 937, No. 10 Vanderbilt at 940, Kentucy at 946, Ole Miss at 950, No. 13 Tennessee at 951 and Mississippi State at 974.
"You hate to say the course was unfair but at times it felt that way," Hester continued. "There were some uncommonly high scores for some of the best teams in the country here. We'll take the experience and move forward. Hopefully, this will better prepare us for Regionals and the NCAA Championships."
Patricia Sanz of Auburn claimed medalist honors at 3-over 219, a shot better than Vanderbilt's Marina Alex.
Silva Zamora notched her seventh top-10 individual finish in 10 post-season event at Georgia, including SECs, NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championships.
"After the round I had yesterday, I was pleased," Silva Zamora said. "On this course, you almost have to accept that you're going to make five bogeys in every round. I had one bad day but played the other two days at even and I'm pretty pleased about that. I came back today and a top-10 finish is not that bad."
Next Monday, April 30, the Bulldogs will learn their placement for NCAA Regionals. For the first time ever, the NCAA will announce the teams for the national championships with an internet "selection show" at 9 p.m. ET on ncaa.com. The Regional competitions will be contested May 10-12 in State College, Pa.; Columbus, Ohio; and Denver, Colo.
Twenty four teams and six individual will compete at each Regional. The top eight teams in the top two individuals who are not members of an advancing team will then compete in the NCAA Championships on May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
SEC Women's Golf Championships
Blessings Golf Club
Par 72; 6234 Yards
Sunday's Final-Round Standings
South Carolina 315-309-313=936
Ole Miss 309-307-326=950
Mississippi St. 315-326-333=974
Patricia Sanz, Auburn 69-73-77=219
Marina Alex, Vanderbilt 70-73-77=220
Emily Tubert, Arkansas 78-70-73=221
Madelene Sangstrom, LSU 72-73-78=223
Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia 69-82-75=226
Camilla Hedberg, Florida 76-74-78=228
Emmy Lavy, Arkansas 73-72-83=228
Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 80-73-76=229
Jennifer Kirby, Alabama 76-75-78=229
Lauren Stratton, Vanderbilt 77-74-78=229
Victoria Trapani, Auburn 77-78-74=229
Additional Georgia Scores
T21. Emilie Burger, Georgia 76-75-82=233
T44. Milena Savich, Georgia 83-76-86=245
60. Amelia Hill, Georgia 89-82-90=261