“I took some real positives out of today’s round,” head coach Todd McCorkle said. “The score doesn’t indicate how well we played. I was really happy with our effort today. We were more determined and battled the golf course. We just didn’t finish well.”
The Bulldogs began play on holes Nos. 3-6 with a shotgun start and was at 1-over through nine holes before playing the other half of the layout at 6-over.
Alina Lee’s 71, the Bulldogs’ lone under par loop of the weekend, paced Georgia on Sunday. Rounding out UGA’s scoring tallies were a pair of 74s by Mallory Hetzel and Whitney Wade and a 76 from Garrett Phillips. Taylor Leon shot 80.
Lee teed off from the fifth hole with and quickly moved to 3-under with successive birdies at No. 9, No. 10 and No. 11. She gave two of those strokes back with bogeys at No. 12 and No. 14 before finishing her day with eight straight pars.
Overall, Wade was Georgia’s top individual finisher, tying for ninth at 223. Lee was a stroke back at 224 and tied for 12th, while Hetzel tied for 42nd at 232, Leon tied for 45th at 233 and Phillips tied for 57th at 236.
No. 15 Purdue swept both the team and individual titles. The Boilermakers’ 294 on Sunday left them at 887, seven shots better than No. 12 Florida at 894. Maria Hernandez earned medalist honors on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with the Gators’ Sandra Gal after both finished 54 holes at 1-under 215.
Following Purdue and Florida on the team leaderboard were No. 20 North Carolina at 897, No. 2 Duke at 898, No. 13 Tennessee at 903, Georgia at 908, No. 4 Auburn at 916, South Carolina at 917, Ohio State at 920 and No. 19 Virginia at 923.
The Bulldogs will return to action in two weekends when they compete in the SEC Championships in West Point, Miss.