Amelia Hill won a qualifier to secure a spot in the Kirk Intercollegiate.
March 28, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Four members of the Georgia women's golf team will compete as individuals in the 21st Annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate on Sunday-Tuesday. Georgia State will host the tournament at the Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga.
Senior Amelia Hill, sophomore Amira Alexander and freshmen Sammi Lee and Mary Ellen Shuman will represent Georgia. The event also features 16 schools competing in a traditional stroke play team tournament.
"It lets us see who's playing well the week before the Liz Murphey," head coach Josh Brewer said. "Hopefully, it will create some confidence for them. We had a qualifier for one spot, which Amelia won. We picked Sammi, Amira and Mary Ellen because they've played all year and been in and out of the lineup. Even the times they didn't qualify, they've been really close. I thought they deserved that chance."
Brewer believes competing without a team score in the balance may alter each golfer's approach slightly.
"It shouldn't be different but I know it is, just from a mindset of not having a team score," Brewer said. "(Assistant coach Whitney Wade) and I are still going to be there coaching them just like it's a normal tournament. I'm just hoping it creates some confidence. We could learn a few things on how we coach them that we'll carry forward."
After the tournament concludes, Georgia will just have two days before the 42nd Annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course. The event will alter its format this year to a combination of stroke play and match play. All 16 teams will play 18 holes on Friday, April 4. From those results, the top eight finishers will comprise a "Red" bracket and the remaining teams will be paired in a "Black" bracket. Two rounds of match play will be contested on Saturday followed by a single round on Sunday.
The alteration comes after the announcement last September that the 2015 NCAA Championships will move to a stroke play/match play format.