Oct. 22, 2011
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --- Milena Savich played her final five holes at 4-under en route to a career-best 67 in Saturday's second round of the Mercedes-Benz SEC/PAC 12 Challenge.
In the process, the senior from Carmel, Ind., climbed from 23rd to third in the individual field and also pushed the No. 15-ranked Bulldogs from 15th to 10th on the team leaderboard.
As a team, Georgia played the last six holes at 5-under to finish with a 4-over 292 at Holston Hills Country Club.
"With about six holes to play, I told (assistant coach) Jeff (Hull) that will really needed to dig in and finish," head coach Kelley Hester said. "We certainly did that. I'm very proud of the way we finished. If we can keep that momentum going into tomorrow, we could put up a score that would push us up even more."
Georgia also counted a 74 from Emilie Burger, a 75 from Marta Silva Zamora and a 76 from Rocio Sanchez Lobato.
The Bulldogs teed off from No. 10 and played the back side first. Savich turned at 1-under after a birdie at No. 11 and eight pars. She moved to 2-under with a birdie at No. 1 but immediately conceded that stroke with a bogey at No. 2. Savich then birdied No. 5, eagled No. 7 and birdied No. 9.
"I'm very proud of Milena," Hester said. "This has kinda been a long time coming. She's worked very hard and I knew that it would pay off. It obviously showed up today. I think days like to today may come more often."
Savich bettered her previous low of 69 recorded three times. The 67 also matched the seventh-best loop in Georgia history.
No. 6 Alabama moved ahead of top-ranked UCLA atop the team lead. The Crimson Tide is at 573, five shots better than the Bruins at 578. Rounding out the top-10 teams are No. 2 Auburn at 582, Tennessee at 583, No. 7 Vanderbilt at 586, No. 10 Southern Cal at 593, Ole Miss at 595, Colorado and No. 9 Washington at 596 and the Bulldogs and No. 12 Florida at 597.
Tennessee's Nathalie Mansson and Alabama's Stephanie Meadow are tied individually at 5-under 139, a stroke better than Savich and Lauren Stratton of Vanderbilt.
Also for Georgia, Burger is tied for 29th at 148, Silva Zamora is tied for 52nd at 151, Sanchez Lobato is tied for 92nd at 158 and Tess Fordham is tied for 116th at 168.
Live scoring updates throughout Sunday's final round will be available at www.golfstat.com.
Mercedes-Benz SEC/Pac-12 Challenge
Holston Hill Country Club
Par 72; 6447 Yard
Saturday's Second-Round Standings
Southern Cal 298-295=593
Ole Miss 301-294=595
Arizona State 300-301=601
Oregon State 313-300=613
South Carolina 310-305=615
Washington State 312-309=621
Mississippi State 317-310=627
Nathalie Mansson, Tennessee 73-67=139
Stephanie Meadow, Alabama 68-71=139
Milena Savich, Georgia 73-67=140
Lauren Stratton, Vanderbilt 68-72=140
Giulia Molinaro, Arizona State 72-70=142
Hannah Collier, Alabama 70-73=143
Stephanie Kono, UCLA 69-74=143
Erynne Lee, UCLA 70-73=143
Kaitlyn Rohrback, Tennessee 71-72=143
Ashleigh Albrecht, Kentucky 70-74=144
Marina Alex, Vanderbilt 74-70=144
Emily Tubert, Arkansas 75-69=144
T29. Emilie Burger, Georgia 74-74=148
T52. Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia 76-75=151
T92. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 82-76=158
T116. Tess Fordham, Georgia 82-86=168