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Feb. 17, 2003

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Lady Dogs open spring with 10th place at Regional Challenge
Georgia opened its spring season with a tie for 10th place at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., last week. The event was shortened from 54 to 36 holes due to torrential rains and weather wreaked havoc on the second round as well.

The Lady Bulldogs carded a 29-over 313 in the first round and were in 15th place in the 18-team field. The following day, despite shooting nine strokes higher, Georgia climbed to a tie for 10th place with Michigan State.

Individually, freshmen Kelly Froelich paced the Lady Bulldogs by finishing 12th overall at 151, seven shots off the pace of the individual medalist Katherine Hull of Pepperdine.

"I'm pretty pleased with Kelly," head coach Todd McCorkle said. "She fought really hard and did a good job. On the second day in pouring rain, she made a 30-foot putt which probably saved us from dropping three places. She played like every shot counted, and that's what we're looking for."

In addition, Natalia Nicholls tied for 47th at 159, Summer Sirmons tied for 60th at 162, Lisa Tyler tied for 62nd at 163 and Jackie Beers finished 90th at 175.

 
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