Manuela Carbajo Ré has six top-20 individual finishes in eight tournaments this season.
May 6, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Three Georgia women's golfers garnered postseason honors from the Southeastern Conference on Monday. Senior Emilie Burger was named first-team All-SEC, while freshman Manuela Carbajo Ré was tabbed second-team All-SEC and both Carbajo Ré and Kailey Walsh were included on the SEC's All-Freshman team.
Burger, a Hoschton, Ga., native and Mill Creek High School product, secured All-SEC recognition for the fourth straight year. She was a second-team selection as a freshman and sophomore and a first-team honoree as a junior and senior. Burger currently leads Georgia in virtually every statistical category including stroke average, top-10 finishes, top-20 efforts and par-or-better rounds. She has won two individual titles this season, taking medalist honors at the Mason Rudolph Championships in the fall and the Bryan National Collegiate in the spring.
"Emilie has been solid for us all year," head coach Josh Brewer said. "She was in the rare discussion for SEC Player of the Year and without question has performed like a first-team All-SEC player all year. This is a very well deserved honor for her."
Carbajo Ré, a native of Necochea, Argentina, is the only Lady Bulldog who has contributed 100 percent counting rounds this season. In eight tournaments, she has six top-20 individual finishes and three top-10 showings, including a team-best tie for eighth at the SEC Championships.
"This is a feather in the cap for Manuela," Brewer said. "To be a second-teamer and be on the All-Freshman team in what's probably the deepest conference in the nation is very impressive. It certainly shows what she's capable of in years to come."
Walsh, who is from Baco Raton, Fla., was Georgia's top individual finisher at two of five spring events, tying for 22nd at Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and finishing fifth at the LSU Golf Classic. She sports a 76.04 stroke average over 27 rounds.
"Kailey has come a long way since September," Brewer said. "She's probably our most improved golfer this season. That's not a knock on her...she's just gotten better every week. In another month or so, she might be knocking on the door for second-team All-SEC honors."
The No. 18-ranked Bulldogs will return to action this Thursday when they begin competition at the NCAA West Regional at the Stanford University Golf Course. Georgia is the No. 6 seed among 24 teams looking to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships, which will be contested May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course. The top-eight teams and the top two individuals who are not on advancing teams will qualify for the NCAAs.
The 2013 NCAAs will represent the fifth time the UGA Golf Course has hosted women's golf's intercollegiate national championships, following 1971, 1981, 1983 and 1993. A four-day pass with tickets for each round of the Championships is $40 for adults and $25 for youth and senior citizens. Those are available at www.georgiadogs.com or by calling the UGA ticket office at 877-542-1231. Daily tickets will go on sale on Monday, May 20.