Oct. 23, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia women's golf team will conclude the 2013 calendar of its campaign this weekend by competing in the Stanford Intercollegiate on Friday-Sunday. The 54-hole tournament features 16 schools, including nine top-25 teams and eight top-18 golfers.
The Bulldogs' will alter their playing five slightly from the first three tournaments of the fall. Sophomore Amira Alexander edged freshman Mary Ellen Shuman in qualifying. The other four golfers remain the same, with junior Rocio Sanchez Lobato, sophomore Manuela Carbajo Ré and freshmen Harang Lee and Sammi Lee rounding out Georgia's competitors.
The Bulldogs have played well at times but have struggled with consistency throughout the lineup. Four different golfers have posted par-or-better rounds to date.
"Everyone has led us at least one day this fall," head coach Josh Brewer said. "If we can just figure out how to put it all together, maybe not for the entire tournament but for just one day. One day would be nice and a good start and get some confidence going. Having Amira in the lineup should give us some confidence. She played at Stanford last year at the Regionals and played pretty well. She should give us a calming influence, knowing that she's going to go out and keep it around par each day. That should help everyone else relax."
No. 1 UCLA headlines the team field. The Bruins are led by Allison Lee, the nation's top-ranked individual. Also competing will be No. 2 Southern Cal, No. 9 Stanford, No. 11 Vanderbilt, No. 12 Pepperdine, No. 19 Washington, No. 20 Northwestern, No. 21 Kentucky, No. 24 Auburn, California, the Bulldogs, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, UC Davis and Washington State.
"It's a great field and a great golf course," Brewer said. "I think it's a golf course that fits us. There will be no wind. Wind is something we haven't figured out well this year. It's a golf course everyone knows, especially our coaching staff. It should help us from that end. It gives us a chance to go make some birdies and get some confidence."
Following the Stanford event, the Bulldogs will enjoy a break from competition until February.
"We've had three tournaments and have failed to put three good days together so far," Brewer said. "We're trying to end the fall on a positive note and kickstart our spring season."
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at golfstat.com.