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
Par 72; 6271 Yards
Friday's First Round Standings
Southern Cal 278
Arizona State 280
Oklahoma State 285
South Carolina 300
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