May 26, 2006
Columbus, Ohio --- The No. 6-ranked Georgia women's golf notched its seventh top-10 national finish in the last nine years on Friday by tying for sixth at the NCAA Championships on Ohio State University's Scarlet Course.
The Bulldogs' final round tally of 310 left them tied with Washington and Florida at 1202 for the 72-hole tournament. Top-ranked Duke captured the team title at 1167, while Southern Cal's Dewi Schreefel won the individual crown by finishing at 2-under 286.
Head coach Todd McCorkle and his team entered the championships with hopes of challenging for the national title; however, the Bulldogs were forced to rally from a near disastrous first two rounds which left them in 18th place halfway through the tournament.
"We set a goal after the two opening rounds to try to get back into the top 10," McCorkle said. "To finish sixth says a lot about our character and the fight in the Bulldogs. I'm really proud of them."
Junior Whitney Wade led Georgia with a 1-under 71 in the final round. The Bulldogs also counted a 75 from freshman Taylor Leon and a pair of 77s from senior Jackie Beers and freshman Mallory Hetzel. Freshman Alina Lee posted a 78.
Individually, Leon, the SEC Freshman of the Year, tied for 16th at 8-over 296, Wade tied for 29th at 299, Hetzel tied for 43rd at 302, Lee tied for 64th at 306 and Beers tied for 95th at 313.