Hetzel, Georgia Share Lead At Cougar Classic

Charleston, S.C. --- Senior Mallory Hetzel fired a 4-under 68 to pace the No. 6-ranked Georgia women's golf team to shares of team and individual leads following the opening round of the College of Charleston's Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Golf Club.


Hetzel's stellar loop, the best of her collegiate career, came on very familiar turf. A native of nearby Summerville, S.C., Hetzel's father, Doug, is a member at Yeamans Hall, and her mother Harriet, sister Lauren, who is a freshman at College of Charleston, and brother Douglas were among the gallery following her throughout the day.


Hetzel did not disappoint with a quartet of birdies in a bogey-free round. Red numbers at No. 2, No. 3, No. 7 and No. 15 helped Hetzel top her previous best collegiate round of 69 in the first round of the 2006 Mason Rudolph Championship.


"Mallory just played really solid golf all day," head coach Kelley Hester said. "You can tell she's really comfortable here. The par-5s are very reachable, and she made a long putt at No. 3. She was just really consistent. She came up a little short of the green on No. 17 but had a nice up and down there."


Hetzel and Georgia are knotted atop the team and individual leaderboards with No. 14 Virginia. Hetzel is tied with Whitney Neuhauser at 4-under, while the Bulldogs and Cavaliers both carded even-par 288s on Sunday.


Georgia's additional counting rounds were a 2-under 70 from freshman Marta Silva, a 74 from Carolina Andrade and a 76 from Leigh Crosby. Krystle Caithness shot 76.


"It's certainly not like we maxed out," Hester said. "We counted a couple of double bogeys. We've still got room for some improvement. Carolina struggled a little bit but really hung in there, and Leigh finished with a birdie. I feel like we had some positive things happen today that I hope we can build on."


Silva is tied for fifth, Andrade is tied for 27th, Crosby is tied for 54th and Caithness is tied for 67th.


South Carolina is third in the team field at 290 and rounding out the top 10 are N.C. State at 291, Florida State and North Carolina both at 292, No. 10 Alabama at 293, No. 16 LSU and Notre Dame at 297 and host College of Charleston at 300.


Play continues with 18 holes on both Monday and Tuesday. Live scoring is available on the internet here.


Cougar Classic

Yeamans Hall Golf Club

Charleston, S.C.


Sunday's First Round Standings


Team Leaderboard

Georgia               288

Virginia              288

South Carolina        290

N.C. State            291

North Carolina        292

Florida State         292

Alabama               293

LSU                   297

Notre Dame            297

College of Charleston 300

Wisconsin             301

Furman                301

Tulane                303

Maryland              303

Mississippi State     305

Ole Miss              307

Miami                 308

Tennessee             308

Richmond              310

UNC Greensboro        315

Charleston Southern   322


Individual Leaderboard

Mallory Hetzel, Georgia          68

Whitney Neuhauser, Virginia      68

Julie Saleeby, N.C. State        69

Caroline Westrup, FSU            69

Marta Silva, Georgia             70

Katie Burnett, S. Carolina       70

Benedicte Toumpsin, S. Carolina  70

Sydney Crane, N. Carolina        71

Lauren Doughtie, N.C. State      71

Kathleen Ekey, Alabama           71

Jaqueline Hedwall, LSU           71

Kelsey Verbeten, Wisconsin       71


Additional Georgia Scores

T27. Carolina Andrade       74

T54. Leigh Crosby           76

T67. Krystle Caithness      77 



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