April 17, 2005
Tunica, Miss. --- The No. 2-ranked Georgia women's golf team fell just short of a dramatic attempt to capture the program's 11th SEC Championship at the Tunica National Golf Course on Sunday.
The Bulldogs rallied from a 12-stroke deficit early in the final round to briefly surge past Auburn and move atop the leaderboard late in the day. Georgia could not complete the improbably comeback, however. After the the teams tied following 54 holes, Auburn won the SEC title on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Georgia shot 301 on Sunday and finished tied at 904 with the No. 7-ranked Tigers, who posted a 311 during the final round. No. 21 Arkansas, paced by individual champion Stacy Lewis, finished third just one shot off the pace, followed by No. 10 LSU and No. 8 Tennessee at 906 and No. 14 Florida at 911.
Sophomore Whitney Wade paved the way to the top of the team leaderboard for the Bulldogs with a 4-under 68 on Sunday. Wade birdied No. 3, No. 4, No. 7 and No. 18 in her bogey-free loop. In the process, she vaulted from 23rd place entering the day to fourth in the final individual standings.
Georgia also counted a 76 from Natalia Nicholls, a 77 from Jackie Beers and an 80, the score of both Kelly Froelich and Lisa Tyler in the final round.
Overall, Nicholls tied for seventh at 226, Froelich tied for 12th at 227, Beers tied for 26th at 231 and Tyler tied for 38th at 236.