Freshman Sammi Lee is one of four Georgia golfers to post a par-or-better loop this fall.
Oct. 4, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia women's golf team will return to the links this weekend to wrap up its busiest stretch of the 2013-14 season. The Bulldogs, who competed in the Windy City Collegiate Championship on Monday and Tuesday, will open play at Oklahoma's Schooner Fall Classic on Saturday morning.
The 54-hole event will be contested Saturday-Monday at the Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Okla.
Georgia is No. 17 in the latest edition of the Golf World/WGCA coaches' top-25 poll and one of five ranked teams in the field. Six more of the 15 squads are receiving votes in poll balloting. Tournament host Oklahoma, at No. 3, is the highest ranked entrant. No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Arizona State and No. 22 Kentucky also will compete. Rounding out the tournament are Denver, Florida State, Kent State, LSU, Pepperdine, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas State and Texas Tech.
The Bulldogs' lineup was determined in qualifying prior to the Windy City Collegiate, where Georgia finished eighth as a team. Junior Rocio Sanchez Lobato and sophomore Manuela Carbajo Ré posted top-20 individual finishes in Chicago. Freshmen Harang Lee, Sammi Lee and Mary Ellen Shuman round out the playing five.
"We're looking for more consistency, not only from each player but as a team," head coach Josh Brewer said. "We're focused on putting together five good solid rounds and then hoping that one or two players finish off those rounds with really good scores. What you'd call a 'good round' this weekend - whether that's 1- or 2-under or just over par - may depend on the weather. It's supposed to be 87 and sunny for the practice round and then a high of 63 and heavy winds for the first round. How we adapt and how quickly we can make any necessary changes could be key."
Georgia opened the season with a solid 12th-place performance at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview, an event that included most of the nation's premier programs competing on the same layout that will host the 2014 NCAA Championships. The Bulldogs played well during the first two rounds in Chicago, both contested on Monday, but then posted their highest score in the third round.
"In the first event, just like any year, I think everyone was excited and focused and ready to go," Brewer said. "We probably weren't as sharp in Chicago. We talked about that this week. We need everyone to give it their all and not let their mind get away from them. We need to get that focus back and make every shot important. I don't think we did a very good job of that in Chicago."
Brewer is excited the Bulldogs will have a chance to make adjustments less than a week later.
"We need everyone to concentrate on saving those one or two shots that can get away from you each day," Brewer said. "It's easy to say, but it's much tougher to do. I expect us to have better focus this week and a sense of urgency. We need to play well. I think they're a little frustrated. They know we're better than (we played in Chicago)."
Brewer also is pleased that Georgia has received contributions from every spot in the lineup. Four different Bulldogs already have notched par-or-better rounds.
"Manu has two top-20s, and Ro has played really solid golf all fall," Brewer said. "The freshmen have all played well at times. We'll get it right."
Georgia will tee off beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturday and be paired with Oklahoma and Arizona State for the first round. Live scoring from the tournament will be available at birdiefire.com.