Sep 9, 2013
TULSA, Okla. --- The Georgia women's golf team posted an 8-over 288 in Monday's season-opening first round of the Dale McNamara Fall Preview at the Tulsa Country Club. The Bulldogs are tied with defending national champion Southern Cal for eighth on the team leaderboard.
Freshman Harang Lee paced Georgia with an even-par 70. The Bulldogs also counted a 72 from freshman Mary Ellen Shuman and a pair of 73s by sophomore Manuela Carbajo Ré and junior Rocio Sanchez Lobato. Sammi Lee signed for a 74, Georgia's drop score on the day.
"It was a good first day," head coach Josh Brewer said. "It was great to start the beginning of the year with every player in it. Until Manuela made a nice sand save her last hole, it looked like Sammi's round was going to count for us. Hopefully, everyone playing well will help everyone relax and we'll be able to make a few more birdies."
The Bulldogs teed off from No. 10 and played the back side of the course first on Monday.
Harang Lee double-bogeyed No. 11 but gained a stroke back with a birdie at No. 16. After the turn, Lee moved to even par with a birdie at No. 2. She slipped back to 1-over with a bogey at No. 5 but moved into red numbers with consecutive birdies at No. 6 and No. 7. A bogey at No. 9, Lee's closing hole, pushed her back to even.
"(Assistant coach) Whitney (Wade) and I expected (the freshmen to play really well," Brewer said. "Their competitive records in junior golf are very impressive. They all have great results. Today, they were just playing a tournament for the University of Georgia with four teammates for the first time. It's key for us for them to have that same focus and post these type or scores in every round. When your so-called '4' and '5' players are shooting 73 and 74, that should help everyone relax and not feel like they have to post a score every day."
Oklahoma State, which was ranked No. 14 in the preseason edition of the Golf World/WGCA coaches' poll, grabbed the first round lead with a 2-under 278. Following the Cowgirls are No. 6 Oklahoma at 282, No. 3 Duke and No. 7 Arizona both at 283, No. 5 Arizona State at 284, No. 11 Stanford at 286, No. 9 Vanderbilt at 287, the No. 17 Bulldogs and No. 1 USC both at 288, No. 15 North Carolina at 289, No. 2 Alabama at 290, No. 8 Arkansas and No. 18 Tulane both at 291, No. 19 Texas at 292 and Tulsa at 316.
Julie Yang of Oklahoma State tops the individual leaderboard at 3-under 67, a stroke better than Stanford's Lauren Kim. For Georgia, Harang Lee is tied for 12th, Shuman is tied for 31st, Carbajo Ré and Sanchez Lobato are tied for 38th and Sammie Lee is tied for 46th.
The Fall Preview features most of the nation's top team competing on the same layout that will host the 2014 NCAA Championships next May. Play continues through Wednesday, with live scoring updated every three holes at www.golfstat.com.
Dale McNamara Fall Preview
Tulsa Country Club
Par 70, 6168 Yards
Monday's First-Round Standings
Oklahoma State 278
Arizona State 284
Southern Cal 288
North Carolina 289
Julie Yang, Oklahoma State 67
Lauren Kim, Stanford 68
Alejandra Cangrejo, Duke 69
Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma 69
Noemi Jiminez, Arizona State 69
Kyung Kim, Southern Cal 69
Kendall Prince, Arizona 69
Morgan Ransom, Vanderbilt 69
Kaitlyn Rohrback, Oklahoma 69
Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford 69
Andrea Vilarasau, Arizona 69
T12. Harang Lee, Georgia 70
T31. Mary Ellen Shuman, Georgia 72
T38. Manuela Carbajo Ré, Georgia 73
T38. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 73
T46. Sammi Lee, Georgia 74