Harang Lee posted her fourth par-or-better score of the year.
May 8, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --- Paced by an even-par 72 from freshman Harang Lee, the Georgia women's golf team posted a 10-over 298 in Thursday's opening round of the NCAA East Regional at the SouthWood Golf Club. The Bulldogs are in 20th place, nine shots off the cut line to advance to the NCAA Championships.
The Bulldogs teed off from No. 10 and played the back side of the SouthWood layout first on Thursday. As a team, Georgia turned a 6-over but then played its next six holes a 3-under. The Bulldogs dropped seven strokes en route to the club house, however, and slipped from 11th to 20th in the process.
"Through the first 15 holes we were in good position, standing 3-over for the day," head coach Josh Brewer said. "All of a sudden, I think we realized that we could have a really good round and we got a little impatient. We knew a lot of teams were under par, and I think we started worrying about scoring. We just needed to play our normal game."
Georgia also counted a 74 from Rocio Sanchez Lobato, a 75 by Sammi Lee and a 77 from Manuela Carbajo Ré while dropping Amira Alexander's 79.
Harang Lee notched a quartet of pars before a string of bogeys at No. 14, No. 16 and No. 17 pushed her to 3-over through nine holes. She immediately gained a stroke back with a birdie at No. 1 and climbed back to even with birdies at No. 4 and No. 6 before finishing her loop with a trio of pars.
The five Bulldogs combined to make 16 birdies.
"Today should help us believe we're good enough to go out and make 16 of 17 birdies," Brewer said. "We just need to not make bogeys after making those birdies. We're excited to get back out their first-thing tomorrow morning. We're going to be playing on some smooth greens. I'm confident we can go out and put together two great rounds of golf the next two days."
The team leaderboard is tightly packed, with just 10 shots separating sixth and 21st places.
"You want to put yourself in position after tomorrow," Brewer said. "You know someone is going to out and have a great round each day. I know we can do that, either tomorrow or Saturday or hopefully both."
No. 12 Vanderbilt and Tulane's Emily Pentilla fired course records to grab the team and individual leads, respectively. The Commodores' 11-under 277 put them three shots ahead of Tulane. Pentilla blistered the layout with a 7-under 65, a shot better than Sanchez Lobato carded in the opening round of last year's FSU Match-Up Tournament. Individually, 45 golfers shot par or better on Thursday.
For Georgia, Harang Lee is tied for 28th, Sanchez Lobato is tied for 60th, Sammi Lee is tied for 70th, Carbajo Ré is tied for 99th and Alexander is tied for 114th.
The Bulldogs will again be paired with Campbell and East Carolina for Friday's second round. After playing in the afternoon on Monday, the Bulldogs, Camels and Pirates will tee off beginning at 7:45 from No. 1 on Friday. Saturday's final-round tee times will be determined by the team standings through 36 holes.
Live scoring for the Regional is available at www.golfstat.com.
NCAA Women's Golf Championships
SouthWood Golf Club
Par 72; 6257 Yards
Thursday's First-Round Results
N.C. State 286
Texas State 289
East Tennessee 289
Florida State 290
South Carolina 291
Seton Hall 302
Murray State 307
Alabama State 315
Emily Pentilla, Tulane 65
Celine Boutier, Duke 67
Lori Beth Adams, UNC Wilmington 68
Simin Feng, Vanderbilt 68
Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt 68
Brittany Marchand, N.C. State 68
Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford 68
Gabriella Wahl, ETSU 68
Matilda Castren, Florida State 69
Fanny Chops, UCF 69
Augusta James, N.C. State 69
Grace Na, Pepperdine 69
Additional Georgia Scores
T28. Harang Lee, Georgia 72
T60. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 74
T70. Sammi Lee, Georgia 75
T99. Manuela Carbajo Ré, Georgia 77
T114. Amira Alexander Georgia 79