Georgia Falls Short Of NCAA Championships
Amira Alexader recorded six birdies en route to her 4-under 68.

May 10, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --- The Georgia women's golf team woke up Saturday morning knowing it would take its best round of the year to advance to the NCAA Championships. The Bulldogs' hopes were bolstered when the teams hovering around the eighth-place, cut line for the NCAAs faltered somewhat during the morning wave.

Shortly after Georgia hit the course at SouthWood Golf Club, the team knew the cut to reach the NCAAs would likely be 15-over. The Bulldogs started the day at 18-over and promptly recorded three birdies at No. 1. For the next two hours, Georgia wavered in and out of a potential NCAA spot before eventually struggling on its last six holes.

Georgia finished the day with a 6-over 294 and completed the 54-hole Regional in 16th place at 24-over 888.

"Thursday and Friday are the days that put us in this position," head coach Josh Brewer said. "Today, we played well enough. We just didn't take advantage of opportunities to post a score on those first two days."

Amira Alexander led the Bulldogs with a career-best 4-under 68 on Saturday. Georgia's additional counters were a 73 from Manuela Carbajo Ré, a 76 from Rocio Sanchez Lobato and a 77, the score signed for by both Harang Lee and Sammi Lee.

Bulldog golfers moved in and out of potential counting positions for much of the day. At the turn, it appeared Georgia was at even-par, with Alexander at 4-under, Sammie Lee at even and both Carbajo Ré and Harang Lee at 2-over.

Alexander, Carbajo Ré and Sammi Lee all birdied No. 10 to again push the Bulldogs back to 3-under. Harang Lee then birdied No. 11 to potentially put Georgia into the NCAA field.

"It was fun because we knew we could make birdies at 10, 11 and 12," Brewer said. "We did just that and it gave us a chance to do something special with five holes to go."

All that came undone, however, when the Bulldogs recorded a double-bogey and three bogeys at No. 13.

"That part of the golf course is really challenging," Brewer said. "It was fun and exciting for a while, but we've got to find a way to learn how to close out rounds. That's kind of been the story of our team all year. We've been close but just not able to put it all together for the entire day. Unfortunately, that happened again in our final round of the year."

Alexander birdied No. 1, No. 4 No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10 to move to 5-under on the day. Back-to-back bogeys at No. 12 and No. 13 ended Alexander's hot streak, but she bounced back with a birdie at No. 17. The 68 bested her previous best loop as a Bulldog of the 2-under 70 in the final round of last month's John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate.

"Amira played really solid for us the past four-to-six weeks," Brewer said. "It was nice to see her put this round together after her first two rounds here, which were a little sub-par to what she's played like lately. Hopefully, she can build on this, have a good summer and be prepared for her next two years at Georgia."

Overall, Alexander and Harang Lee tied for 47th at 222, Sammi Lee, Carbajo Ré and Sanchez Lobato all tied for 66th at 225.

No. 12 Vanderbilt captured the team title at 24-under 840, 14 shots better than No. 5 South Carolina. Jenny Hahn completed the sweep for the Commodores by securing medalist honors at 9-under 207.

All five of the golfers in Georgia's lineup for the Regional and three additional letterwinners will return next season. The Bulldogs also will add signee Bella Skinner to their roster this fall.

"We have the same nucleus back and we're going to add a talented piece to this core," Brewer said. "This core is going to be important for us next year. We've shown we can play well, but we've got to get better. We've played pretty well over the past month or so. Hopefully, the taste we have in the mouth now will make us work harder this summer and for the 2014-15 season. We want to make sure what happened today doesn't happen at the end of 2015."

NCAA Women's Golf Championships
East Regional
SouthWood Golf Club
Tallahassee, Fla.
Par 72; 6257 Yards

Saturday'Final-Round Results

Team Leaderboard
Vanderbilt                             277-289-274=840
South Carolina                         291-283-280=854
N.C. State                             286-294-280=860
Duke                                   284-288-288=860
Stanford                               291-286-289=866
Virginia                               283-292-294=869
Tulane                                 280-294-297=871
Campbell                               291-290-298=879
Pepperdine                             290-297-293=880
Baylor                                 297-300-284=881
Florida State                          290-295-297=882
East Tennessee                         289-300-293=882
Texas State                            289-299-297=885
ECU                                    297-295-294=886
Auburn                                 293-301-293=887
Georgia                                298-296-294-888
UCF                                    289-303-298=890
Louisville                             295-301-300=896
Kentucky                               295-304-299=898
Troy                                   296-308-303=907
Seton Hall                             302-301-309=912
Charleston                             299-308-307=914
Murray State                           307-316-310=933
Alabama State                          315-314-308=937

Individual Leaderboard
Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt                 68-73-66=207
Hayley Davis, Baylor                   72-71-67=210
Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt         72-71-67=210
Justine Dreher, South Carolina         75-70-66=211
Irina Gabasa, Vanderbilt               70-72-69=211
Augusta James, N.C. State              69-73-69=211
Sandy Choi, Duke                       72-68-72=212
Grace Na, Pepperdine                   69-72-71=212
Samantha Swinehart, South Carolina     73-70-69=212
Gabriella Wahl, ETSU                   68-75-69=212
Simin Feng, Vanderbilt                 68-73-72=213
Lauren Kim, Stanford                   72-72-69=213
Emily Pentilla, Tulane                 65-78-70=213
Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford            68-71-74=213

Additional Georgia Scores
T47. Amira Alexander Georgia          79-75-68=222
T47. Harang Lee, Georgia              72-73-77=222
T69. Sammi Lee, Georgia               75-73-77=225
T69. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia    74-75-76=225
T69. Manuela Carbajo Ré, Georgia      77-75-73=225



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