May 9, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --- The Georgia women's golf team posted an 8-over 296 in Friday's second round of the NCAA East Regional at SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Florida. The Bulldogs climbed five spots on the team leaderboard to 15th and are at 18-over 594 through 36 holes.
Entering Saturday's final round, Georgia is 13 shots off the cut line to advance to the NCAA Championships.
"We're so close," head coach Josh Brewer said. "Today's round was much better than yesterday's. We just need that one person to go ahead and finish off a round for us. We have one more day tomorrow and we're going to fight to make that day the one we need to break through."
Freshmen Harang Lee and Sammi Lee, no relation, led the Bulldogs with a pair of 1-over 73s. Georgia also counted two 75s, the score posted by Amira Alexander, Manuela Carbajo Ré and Rocio Sanchez Lobato.
Overall, Harang Lee is tied for 27th at 27th at 145, Sammi Lee is tied for 46th at 148, Sanchez Lobato is tied for 55th at 149, Carbajo Ré is tied for 84th at 152 and Alexander is tied for 98th at 154.
Georgia opened the quickly and was 4-under through seven holes before giving back all four of those strokes on No. 8 and No. 9. The Bulldogs steadied after turn but then slipped again late in the day and played the final three holes at 6-over.
"(Holes) 8, 9, 17 and 18 were playing into the wind," Brewer said. "You have to play them really conservatively, just try to make pars and not do too much. If you can make two or three pars and a bogey, you'll gain strokes there. Hopefully, we'll be 5- to 7-under standing on the tee box there tomorrow and we'll play those holes well."
The rounds of the freshman Lees were polar opposites. Sammi began hot and struggled late. Conversely, Harang got off to a slow start and played better after the turn.
Sammi Lee moved to 3-under with birdies at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 7. She gave two of those strokes back with bogeys at No. 8 and No. 9 but returned to 2-under with a birdie at No. 12. Bogeys at No. 14, No. 17 and No. 18 pushed her over par for the only time all day.
A day after playing the front side at 3-under and the back side at 3-over, Harang Lee played a mirror image of that loop. She turned at 4-over after posting bogeys at No. 2, No. 3, No. 6 and No. 9. Birdies at No. 11 and No. 13 followed by the first eagle of her collegiate career at No. 15 pulled Lee back to even-par. She bogeyed No. 16 before finishing with consecutive pars.
"They put up two good rounds for us," Brewer said. "Sammi's round gave us a shot of confidence and kept us going. Harang played the back side of the course much better today. We saw that she's capable on the front side yesterday."
No. 12 Vanderbilt remained atop the team field following a 1-over 289. The Commodores lead No. 2 Duke by six strokes. Campbell is currently in eighth place at 581, with Georgia tied with No. 24 Auburn tied at 594.
Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse is the individual leader at 5-under 139, a shot better than Duke teammates Celine Boutier and Sandy Choi.
Georgia will be paired with UCF and East Carolina for Saturday's final round, teeing off in the afternoon wave beginning at 12:15 p.m. The top-eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championships in two weeks in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
"It got windy as the day went on," Brewer added. "We played our final 12 holes in a pretty steady wind. I hope it stays that way during the afternoon. If it does, I think we might be about eight back of where we need to be. We know we can go out and make enough birdies to make that up."
Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.
NCAA Women's Golf Championships
SouthWood Golf Club
Par 72; 6257 Yards
South Carolina 291-283=574
N.C. State 286-294=580
Florida State 290-295=585
Texas State 289-299=588
East Tennessee 289-300=589
Seton Hall 302-301=603
Murray State 307-316=623
Alabama State 315-314=629
Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford 68-71=139
Celine Boutier, Duke 67-73=140
Sandy Choi, Duke 72-68=140
Matilda Castren, Florida State 69-72=141
Simin Feng, Vanderbilt 68-73=141
Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt 68-73=141
Grace Na, Pepperdine 69-72=141
Lauren Coughlin, Virginia 70-72=142
Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane 70-72=142
Irina Gabasa, Vanderbilt 70-72=142
Augusta James, N.C. State 69-73=142
Maty Monzingo, Texas State 71-71=142
Kaew Preachchuen, Kennesaw State 70-72=142
Tahnia Ravnjak, Campbell 73-69=142
Additional Georgia Scores
T27. Harang Lee, Georgia 72-73=145
T46. Sammi Lee, Georgia 75-73=148
T55. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 74-75=149
T84. Manuela Carbajo Ré, Georgia 77-75=152
T98. Amira Alexander Georgia 79-75=154