BRYAN, Texas --- Georgia's Marta Silva Zamora fired a 1-over 73 in Saturday's final round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championships and finished in a tie for fourth place.
The junior from Santiago de Compostela, Spain, completed play at Texas A&M's Traditions Golf Club at 1-under 287. LSU's Austin Ernst claimed medalist honors at 7-under 281, including a 6-under 66 (that featured a hole in one) in the final round.
Silva Zamora played exceptionally well most of the day but rarely took advantage of solid birdie opportunities. Ironically, she converted a 40-foot birdie putt at No. 5. She had 13 closer chances than that, but made only one at No. 13.
"I played really, really good, but I just couldn't make any putts," Silva Zamora said. "It's not like they were that far. I missed every single one. It was so frustrating. They just didn't go in. Of course it bothered me, but I was playing good. It's disappointing because I really played so good. Some times you don't play well and the putts go in and it looks like you played much better. Today, I played great. I just didn't make any putts."
After turning at 1-under, Silva Zamora missed the fairway and hit into the woods at No. 10. She struggled from there and eventually settled for a double-bogey 7.
Silva Zamora then missed a 12-foot birdie putt at No. 11 and an eight-footer at No. 12. She made a six-foot birdie putt at No. 13 before missing six- and three-footers at No. 14 and No. 15, respectively.
After a strong two-putt par at No. 16, Silva Zamora missed only her third green en route to a bogey at No. 17.
"She definitely was upset after No. 10, but she came back to stick it on 11, stick it on 12, stick it on 13, stick it on 14 and stick it on 15. She had a good par of 16," head coach Kelley Hester said. "I couldn't be prouder of the way she responded."
Silza Zamora, who entered the NCAAs at No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings, finished two shots better than Duke's Lindy Duncan, the only other top-10 player in position to finish in the top-10 on the leaderboard.
"It takes a lot of character and it takes a lot of intestinal fortitude to come into a tournament like this knowing that you're the favorite and possible National Player of the Year and play like she did all week," Hester said. "Marta definitely put forth an all-star effort."
The team title went to UCLA, which finished at 21-over 1,173. Purdue came in second at 25-over 1,177.
NCAA Women's Golf Championship
Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas
Par 72; 6260 Yards
Saturday's Final-Round Standings
Austin Ernst, LSU 72-66-77-66=281
Kelli Shean, Arkansas 75-70-71-68=284
Laura Gonzalez, Purdue 74-71-70-71=286
Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia 71-71-72-73=287
Tiffany Lua, UCLA 71-71-70-75=287
Caroline Powers, Michigan State 70-76-69-73=288
Katerina Ruzickova, Texas A&M 73-72-73-70=288
Lindy Duncan, Duke 72-74-70-73=289
Numa Gulyanamitta, Purdue 71-70-77-71=289
Joanne Lee, Cal 73-71-76-69=289
Natalie Sheary, Wake Forest 72-74-71-72=289