Collins Bradshaw had collegiate-low 18- and 54-hole tallies at the Cougar Classic.
Sept. 20, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia women's golf team will return to action on Friday when the Bulldogs begin competition in the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
"Our goals stay the same," first-year head coach Josh Brewer said. "Our ultimate goal is to win team-wise and to continue to improve individually."
Georgia, which was tabbed No. 11 and No. 16 in preseason rankings by Golf World and Golfweek, respectively, opened the 2012-13 season last week with a fifth-place showing in an elite field at the Cougar Classic.
Four Bulldogs from the opener will remain in the lineup this weekend – senior Emilie Burger, sophomores Collins Bradshaw and Rocio Sanchez Lobato and freshman Kailey Walsh. Freshman Mauela Carbajo Re, who was Georgia's top individual finisher at the Cougar Classic where she tied for 10th, will miss the tournament while traveling to compete in the 2012 World Team Amateur Championships.
"We'll be replacing Manuela with another freshman, Sylvie (Brick)," Brewer said. "I'm eager to see how she performs. It gives her an opportunity to play and compete, while the other four need to step up and play well because we'll be missing what was our best player two weeks ago. But it's a great honor for Manuela to represent her country. She's the No. 1-ranked player in Argentina. We'd love to have her with us this weekend, but we have to support her because it's a big feather in her cap"
The 15-team field at the Mason Rudolph includes nine schools ranked in the preseason top-25 by Golfweek's staff writers. Arizona, at No. 5, was highest, followed by No. 8 Vanderbilt, No. 10 North Carolina, No. 11 Virginia, No. 15 Stanford, the No. 16 Bulldogs, No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 21 Oregon and No. 25 Texas. Also competing are Kentucky, Michigan State, Memphis, Tulane, Chattanooga and Wake Forest.
"It's another great field," Brewer said. "It's a chance to test ourselves against some schools we don't see a lot and, without Manuela, a great opportunity to see if we can compete with them without one of our best players."
Carbajo Re is one of four Georgia golfers slated to compete in the World Amateur on Sept. 27-30 at the Gloria Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey. Former Bulldogs Marta Silva Zamora (Spain), Milena Savich (Serbia) and Kiara Hayashida (Peru) also will represent their countries.
"I think this shows you can come to the University of Georgia, get better and compete on the world stage," Brewer said. "I know our LPGA numbers are a little down from several years ago, but amateur golf-wise I think we're going to be the most represented school at the World Am. As far as Manuela, she played well there in the past and hopefully she'll have a chance to win."
Carbajo Re finished eighth at the 2012 World Team Am.
The Bulldogs will be paired with Arizona and Virginia for the first round, teeing off in waves beginning at 8:45 a.m. Live scoring for the Mason Rudolph will be available throughout the tournament at www.golfstat.com.