Carbajo Ré has Georgia's best stroke average on the season, 73.20
March 21, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 18-ranked Georgia women's golf team will return to the links Friday when the Bulldogs compete in the LSU Golf Classic in Baton Rouge. The 54-hole, 14-team event will be contested through Sunday at the University Club.
Freshman Manuela Carbajo Ré will occupy the No. 1 spot in Georgia's lineup this weekend, with senior Emilie Burger, sophomore Rocio Sanchez Lobato, freshman Amira Alexander and senior Abby Johnson rounding out the playing five. In addition, freshman Kailey Walsh will compete as an individual.
Head coach Josh Brewer continues to look for consistent depth as the post-season approaches. Burger and Carbajo Ré have combined to produce 16 of the Bulldogs' par-or-better rounds this season. Johnson will be making her first appearance in the Georgia lineup this season.
"We qualify all the time," Brewer said. "No player was exempt into this tournament so even a three-time All-American like Emilie Burger had to earn her spot. It was a one-day qualifier so many things can happen, but that's golf. I'm excited to see what Abby and Amira can do for us and hopefully give us some depth that we badly need to be a great team, especially with SECs only about a month away."
Georgia has produced mixed results this spring.
The Bulldogs swept the team and individual titles at the Florida State Match Up Tournament to open the 2013 calendar. Rocio Sanchez Lobato captured medalist honors and four of five Georgia golfers finished among the top 20 individuals.
Two weeks ago, Georgia struggled to a 10th-play showing at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in Hilton Head Island, S.C., and no Bulldog recorded a top-20 individual effort.
"I think the last tournament taught us we have to show up every day and give our best effort," head coach Josh Brewer said. "I don't think we fought as well as we have all year. That's what we talked about, making sure you're out there thinking the correct way and giving 100 percent on every shot. I think we'll do that this week. I think you'll see more focus."
Brewer is hoping that this weekend the Bulldogs return to the form displayed in Tallahassee.
"It's a field similar to Florida State in that there are a few highly ranked teams and some teams that we should be able to beat if we just go out and play golf," Brewer said. "Like Florida State, I think if we go out and play well the first 36 holes that we should have a chance on Sunday. That's where you want to be."
No. 8 Arkansas is one of four top-25 teams in the field at LSU, which also includes the No. 18 Bulldogs, No. 20 N.C. State, No. 25 Tulane, No. 29 Tennessee, No. 30 LSU, No. 36 Kentucky, No. 43 Florida State, No. 48 Ole Miss, No. 52 Wake Forest, No. 59 Missouri, No. 60 TCU, No. 85 UNC Wilmington and No. 117 Louisiana-Monroe.
Live scoring will be updated on a three-hole basis throughout the weekend here.