Georgia Opens NCAA East Regional With 298
Harang Lee posted her fourth par-or-better score of the year.

Harang Lee posted her fourth par-or-better score of the year.
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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
East Regional
SouthWood Golf Club
Tallahassee, Fla.
Par 72; 6257 Yards

Thursday's First-Round Results

Team Leaderboard
Vanderbilt                             277
Tulane                                 280
Virginia                               283
Duke                                   284
N.C. State                             286
Texas State                            289
UCF                                    289
East Tennessee                         289
Pepperdine                             290
Florida State                          290
Campbell                               291
South Carolina                         291
Stanford                               291
Auburn                                 293
Kentucky                               295
Louisville                             295
Troy                                   296
Baylor                                 297
ECU                                    297
Georgia                                298
Charleston                             299
Seton Hall                             302
Murray State                           307
Alabama State                          315

Individual Leaderboard
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

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