Sanchez Lobato had three double-bogeys in 18 holes Friday after posting just one in the first three rounds.
May 25, 2012
FRANKLIN, Tenn. --- Georgia freshman Rocio Sanchez Lobato carded a 7-over 79 in Friday's final round of the NCAA Championships at Vanderbilt's Legends Club and finished 71st individually at 15-over 303.
Sanchez Lobato struggled with a stomach ailment early in the day but rebounded to regain three strokes before wilting late in the round.
"I couldn't be prouder of the way 'Ro' fought today when things weren't going well," head coach Kelley Hester said. "She showed a great deal of heart and represented the University of Georgia and her team very well."
Sanchez Lobato labored through a disastrous start, with bogeys at No. 1 and No. 2 and double-bogeys at No. 3 and No. 4 to fall to 6-over. The back-to-back doubles came after she had just one such mark during the first 54 holes of the NCAAs.
"I was feeling a little sick before the round but I thought it was just nerves," Sanchez Lobato said. "After I got off the bad start, it only got worse. I tried to eat something but that only made it worse."
Following another bogey at No. 6, Sanchez Lobato rallied with birdies at No. 7 and No. 9 to turn at 5-over. She saw an athletic trainer at the turn and then birdied No. 11 but failed to make up additional ground.
"There are no easy birdies on this course," Sanchez Lobato said. "When I got behind, even when I made a couple of birdies, I was still 4-over. I just couldn't get back close to par. Some days you just don't have it. You can't fix it. It just doesn't happen."
Sanchez Lobato fell back to 7-over after she bogeyed No. 15 and doubled No. 17.
"'Ro' got behind early but fought back," Hester said. "I think late in the day a combination of not feeling well and the heat and it being the last round caught up to her and she gave a few back. She did make a great par putt on No. 18 end her year on a good note."
Although disappointed she slipped more than 30 spots on the leaderboard during the final round, Sanchez Lobato was pleased with her initial campaign at Georgia.
"I enjoyed my year so much," she said. "I'm excited about coming back next year and improving even more and coming back to the NCAAs next year with my teammates."
Georgia will host the 2013 NCAA Championships at the University of Georgia Golf Course on May 21-24. It will make the third time the UGA Course has hosted the NCAA Women's Championships, following 1983 and 1993. UGA also hosted the AIAW Nationals on multiple occasions.