Rocio Sanchez Lobato posted UGA's low score for the second straight day.
May 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio --- The No. 9-ranked Georgia women's golf team shot 318 in Friday's second round of the NCAA Central Regional at Ohio State University's Scarlet Course and fell from second to 11th on the team leaderboard in the process.
The Bulldogs enter Saturday's final round five shots behind No. 16 Ohio State, which occupies the the all-important eighth place position in the team field. The top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championships on May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
"We had a very tough round today," head coach Kelley Hester said. "We'll just have to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and play better tomorrow. I believe in this team. We had a bad day. Bad days happen. It's unfortunate that it happened today. If we play the way we're capable of playing, I'm confidant we can climb right back up the leaderboard tomorrow."
The Bulldogs' counting rounds on Friday were a 75 from Rocio Sanchez Lobato, a 79 from Emilie Burger, an 81 from Milena Savich and an 83, the score posted by both Amelia Hill and Marta Silva Zamora.
"Yesterday, we played very well under difficult conditions," Hester said. "Today, the conditions were perfect but the pin placements were very challenging. But they were the same for everyone."
While the Bulldogs are 11th, they are only nine strokes from fourth.
No. 3 Southern Cal remained atop the team leaderboard. The Women of Troy are at 588, a dozen shots better than No. 10 Vanderbilt. Rounding out the top 12 teams that will compete in the morning wave on Saturday are Virginia at 604; Purdue and No. 21 Oregon at 608; No. 4 Auburn at 610, No. 22 N.C. State at 611; No. 16 Ohio State at 612; No. 14 Tennessee at 614; Florida State at 615; the Bulldogs at 617; and Arkansas at 618.
Southern Cal's Lisa McCloskey shot 68 and moved atop the individual field by two strokes. She is at 3-under 141 and leads the trio of Vanderbilt's Marina Alex and Lauren Stratton and Florida State's Marina Alex in second.
For Georgia, Sanchez Lobato is tied for ninth at 148, Burger is tied for 39th at 154, Silva Zamora is tied for 56th at 157, Savich is tied for 61st at 158 and Hill is tied for 121st at 173.
The Bulldogs will be paired with Florida State and Arkansas for Saturday's final round. Those squads will tee off beginning at 8 a.m. from No. 10. Live scoring will be available on the internet at golfstat.com.
NCAA Central Regional
OSU Scarlet Course
Par 72; 6264 Yards
Friday's Second-Round Standings
Southern Cal 298-290=588
N.C. State 307-304=611
Ohio State 310-302=612
Florida State 314-301=615
Notre Dame 304-320=624
Ole Miss 315-311=626
South Florida 309-325=634
Texas State 320-315=635
East Carolina 329-310=639
UT San Antonio 317-326=643
UNC Wilmington 323-322=645
Lisa McCloskey, Southern Cal 73-68=141
Marina Alex, Vanderbilt 70-73=143
Maria Salinas, Florida State 71-72=143
Lauren Stratton, Vanderbilt 75-68=143
Sophia Popov, Southern Cal 78-68=146
Brittany Altomare, Virginia 75-72=147
Alex Buelow, Stetson 72-75=147
Caddy Isagawa, Oregon 75-72=147
Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 73-75=148
Paul Reto, Purdue 71-77=148
Rachel Rohanna, Ohio State 74-74=148
Additional Georgia Scores
T39. Emilie Burger, Georgia 75-79=154
T56. Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia 74-83=157
T61. Milena Savich, Georgia 77-81=158
T121. Amelia Hill, Georgia 90-83=173