Burger posted her 15th par-or-better score in 30 rounds played this season.
May 11, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. --- Emilie Burger carded a 2-under 69 to lead Georgia en route to a 12-over 296 in Saturday's final round of the NCAA West Regional at the Stanford University Golf Course. That team tally left the No. 18-ranked Bulldogs two painful strokes shy of advancing to the NCAA Championships; however, Burger's seventh-place individual showing earned her one of two individual spots in the NCAA field.
The result was bittersweet for Burger. The NCAA Championships will be contested on May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course. While she was excited to qualify individually, she was extremely disappointed her teammates won't be competing with her.
"I was really upset after the round," Burger said. "I've said all week that I didn't want to go as an individual. I wanted the team to be there. It will be nice because I'll finally get a chance to do what I've wanted to do since I got here, which is compete for a national championship. I really wanted my teammates with me though because they've been such a big part of this season for me and why this has been my best year at Georgia. I'll just go out and try to represent for them."
Georgia finished 10th on the team leaderboard at 891, two strokes behind a seventh-place tie between Oregon and San Jose State. No. 19 Baylor finished ninth at 890.
When the Bulldogs finished their round at approximately 12:50, they knew they were in ninth place on the leaderboard but held out hope that a team still on the course could falter. That almost happened 90 minutes later when Baylor dropped five strokes late in the day and needed a late par to remain ahead of Georgia and leave the Bulldogs at ninth among teams playing in the morning wave.
That point became moot three hours later when San Jose State, playing in the afternoon wave, carded an even-par 284. That was Spartans' first sub-300 round of the tournament.
"We had a stretch of about 4-6 bad holes today," head coach Josh Brewer said. "That was sort of how it went each day out here and those stretches were on different portions of the golf course each day. I'm proud of them though. They fought and played hard all the way to the end. I have to do a better job of helping them find a shot here or a shot there."
In addition to Burger's 69, Georgia also counted a pair of 75s from freshmen Manuela Carbajo Ré and Kailey Walsh and a 77 by Rocio Sanchez Lobato. Amira Alexander posted a 78.
Burger birdied No. 2 and No. 5 to move to 2-under but dropped both of those strokes with consecutive bogeys at No. 9 and No. 10. She birdied No. 12 and No. 14 before posting four consecutive pars to end the day.
"What a round of golf by Emilie," Brewer said. "With what was at stake out here, I think she played about as well as anyone could hope for. She played like you would expect your senior leader to play. She tried to put the team on her back and carry us back to Athens, but unfortunately we all came up just a little short. Emilie has big dreams and aspirations in golf and being able to perform here bodes well for her future."
No. 1 Southern Cal won the team title after shooting 4-under 280 on Saturday to finish at 859, one shot better than No. 12 Purdue. USC's Annie Park and Purdue's Paula Reto shared medalist honors at 7-under 206. Burger finished seventh at 1-under 212, while Carbajo Ré tied for 60th at 226, Sanchez Lobato tied for 72nd at 228, Alexander tied for 75th at 229 and Walsh tied for 81st at 231.
The 2013 NCAAs will represent the fifth time the UGA Golf Course has hosted women's golf's intercollegiate championships, following 1971, 1981, 1983 and 1993. A four-day pass with tickets for each round of the Championships is $40 for adults and $25 for youth and senior citizens. Those are available at www.georgiadogs.com or by calling the UGA ticket office at 877-542-1231. Daily tickets will go on sale on Monday, May 20.