March 6, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia women's golf team will return to action for the fourth time this spring when the Bulldogs open play at the 3rd Annual Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Friday. The 54-hole event will continue through Sunday.
"It's going to be a quick turnaround time for us in that we'll be competing for the fourth time in five weeks going back to the Lady Bulldog Individual," head coach Josh Brewer said. "We had a weekend of qualifying and really stayed sharp. We're looking forward to heading to Long Cove and continuing to build momentum before we head into Spring Break."
The stacked 17-team field includes six top-10 and 12 top-25 teams. No. 3 Duke is the top-ranked entrant, followed by No. 4 Arkansas, No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 Alabama, No. 13 South Carolina, No. 14 Vanderbilt, No. 20 Wake Forest, No. 21 LSU, No. 24 Kentucky, No. 25 Auburn. Rounding out the field are the Bulldogs, Furman, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
"It's another good test for us to see where we've improved since New Orleans," Brewer said. "We're going to see some SEC schools and hopefully will get some wins against them. It's another great national field. This course is really difficult so it will challenge us mentally and make us stay focused for all three rounds."
Sophomore Amira Alexander was the top finisher in qualifying and will occupy the No. 1 spot in the Bulldogs' lineup. Rounding out Georgia's playing five are Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Manuela Carbajo Ré, Mary Ellen Shuman and Harang Lee.
"Amira has played well all spring and I look for that to continue," Brewer said. "Some other people have had chances to shoot low. We expect them to be able to do that. Eventually, if you can get to 2- or 3-under and you'll stay there. It just takes time. It's a process."
The event features a private concert by tournament namesake and Grammy Award-winning artist Darius Rucker.
"It definitely makes it one of the best events of the college season," Brewer said. "It will be neat to see him put on a show for such a small audience again."
Live scoring throughout the tournament will be available via www.golfstat.com.