Manuela Carbajo Ré earned All-America recognition from Golfweek as a freshman.
Sep 8, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia women's golf team will open the 2013 portion of its season on Monday when the Bulldogs begin play at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview at the Tulsa Country Club. The 15-team field includes most of the nation's premier programs competing on the same layout that will host the 2014 NCAA Championships next May.
Georgia was ranked No. 17 in the preseason edition of the Golf World/WGCA coaches' poll and was listed at No. 26 in Golfweek's rankings.
The Preview field features eight top-10 and 14 top-20 teams in the coaches' poll. Defending national champion and preseason No. 1 No. 1 Southern Cal headlines the list of competing squads, which also features No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Duke, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Arizona, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 9 Vanderbilt, No. 11 Stanford, No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 15 North Carolina, the No. 17 Bulldogs, No. 18 Tulane, No. 19 Texas, Tulsa and Vanderbilt.
"It's a perfect gauge of how well we've been practicing and how strong of a summer everyone had," head coach Josh Brewer said."It will give us some very good feedback of where we are. I expect a lot of good things to happen, but come Wednesday night I also expect to have things to go back and work on to reach our goals that we have for April and May."
Junior Rocio Sanchez Lobato and Manuela Carbajo Ré, who were mainstays in the Georgia lineup a year ago, anchor the Bulldogs' playing five. Freshman Harang Lee, Sammi Lee and Mary Ellen Shuman will occupy the final three positions.
"Rocio and Manuela have experience and it's important for them to help us get the three freshmen organized and ready to go," Brewer said. "Both of them are tournament tested but they're also college tournament tested, and that is a big thing for us with three first-timers in the lineup."
Georgia's freshmen were ranked as the nation's No. 7 recruiting class.
"The thing about our three freshmen is that they probably played more golf this summer than most of our other six golfers," Brewer said. "I suspect that maybe they were a little be sharper and tournament tested and that should bode well for us. They're freshmen, but experience-wise they've played as much competitive golf as just about everyone else in the field."
Georgia played 90 qualifying holes to determine the lineup for the Preview. Shuman earned the final spot in the lineup in a playoff with sophomore Amira Alexander. Alexander barely a 17-foot eagle putt on the final hole that would have given her the No. 5 position. Shuman then secured that slot with a birdie on the first playoff hole.
The 54-hole tournament continues through Wednesday. Live scoring will be available on the internet at golfstat.com.