Georgia Golfers Shoot 3-under At Mason Rudolph



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FRANKLIN, Tenn. --- The Georgia women's golf team fired a 3-under 285 in the opening round of the Mason Rudolph Championship at Vanderbilt's Legend Club on Friday, leaving the Bulldogs tied for seventh place in the team field.

Individually, freshman Emilie Burger carded a 3-under 69 and senior Carolina Andrade added a 2-under 70 to pace the Bulldogs. Georgia also counted a pair of 73 from Marta Silva Zamora and Kendall Wright and dropped a 74 by Milena Savich.

Georgia played the final four holes at 6-under as a team to surge from 3-over to 3-under.

"We made some birdies coming in to push us to 3-under," head coach Kelley Hester said. "Everyone was playing good, but no one was really playing great. We just sort of hung in there and finished strong. I really don't have anything to complain about, other than there are a few teams ahead of us, but we don't have control over that."

Southern Cal and Auburn are tied atop the team leaderboard at 10-under 278. Alabama and Arizona State are tied for third at 280, followed by Duke at 283, UCLA at 284, the Bulldogs, Vanderbilt and Oklahoma State all at 285, LSU and Arizona at 286 and Stanford at 287.

"I'm glad we finished 3-under," Hester quipped. "If we would've finished at even-par, we would've been out of the top 10. This is a really strong field."

Burger played a steady round for most of the day before playing the final three holes at 3-under. She turned at 1-over after mixing eight pars with a bogey at No. 6. Consecutive birdies at No. 10 and No. 11 pushed her to red numbers before a bogey at No. 14 made her even again. Burger birdied No. 16 and then eagled the par-5, 464-yard No. 18 to finish her day.

Andrade started strong with birdies at No. 2 and No. 3 to move to 2-under. She turned at the same position after a bogey at No. 5 and a birdie at No. 7. Andrade played the back half at even-par, with a bogey at No. 10, a birdie at No. 16 and seven pars.

Georgia has now played its last four rounds at a combined 17-under. The Bulldogs shot a combined 14-under to break their school record tournament score and win the Duramed Cougar Classic two weeks ago.

"The ease with which we've shot what we've shot has been really impressive," Hester said. "I think that shows the depth that we do have. I'm really pleased with this group at this point in the year."

All told, 36 of the 90 golfers in the field finished the day at par or better on Friday.

"This course is scorable," Hester said. "I've seen some pretty good scores here, but I can't remember when so many people were par or better. I feel like we played well today but we didn't have a 'career' round by any means. Hopefully, we'll be able to put together two more round like today and we'll like where that puts us."

Auburn's Candace Schepperle and Southern Cal's Jennifer Song share the individual lead at 6-under 66. For Georgia, Burger is tied for eighth, Andrade is tied for 15th, Silva Zamora and Wright are tied for 45th and Savich is tied for 57th.

Play continues through Sunday, with scoring updated on a three-hole basis on the internet here.

Mason Rudolph Championship
Vanderbilt Legends Club
Franklin, Tenn.
Par 72; 6271 Yards

Friday's First Round Standings

Team Leaderboard
Southern Cal    278
Auburn              278
Alabama             280
Arizona State       280
Duke                283
UCLA                284
Georgia             285
Vanderbilt          285
Oklahoma State      285
LSU                 286
Arizona             286
Stanford    287
Texas               290
Virginia            292
Florida             292
Tulane              296
South Carolina      300

Individual Leaderboard
Candace Schepperle, Auburn          66
Jennifer Song, USC                  66
Cydney Clanton, Auburn              67
Marina Alex, Vanderbilt             68
Isabelle Boineau, Arizona           68
Camilla Lennarth, Alabama           68
Margarita Ramos, Arizona            68
Emilie Burger, Georgia              69
Lindy Duncan, Duke                  69
Evan Jensen, Florida                69
Jennifer Johnson, Arizona St.       69
Stacey Kim, Duke                    69
Stephanie Kono, UCLA                69
Katie Burnett, S. Carolina          69

Additional Georgia Scores
T15. Carolina Andrade                  70 
T45. Marta Silva Zamora                73
T45. Kendall Wright                    73
T57. Milena Savich                     74

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