Rocio Sanchez Lobato played the final 36 holes at even-par.
Feb. 18, 2014
RIO GRANDE, P.R. --- The Georgia women's golf team finished fifth at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, which concluded Tuesday afternoon. The Bulldogs defeated four top-25 teams in the 15-team field competing at the Rio Mar Country Club.
Georgia wrapped up the 54-hole event with a 12-over 300 to finish at 892.
"It was a good start to the spring," head coach Josh Brewer said. "For us to be in the final pairing was good. It's good for us to know what that feels like. We didn't have a realistic chance of winning today, but playing in the final pairing is something we'll hopefully experience several more times this spring."
Rocio Sanchez Lobato posted her second consecutive even-par 72 to lead Georgia, which also counted a 74 from Harang Lee, a 75 from Manuela Carbajo Ré and a 79 from Amira Alexander.
Overall, Lee finished tied for 13th at 3-over 219, Carbajo Ré tied for 34th at 227, Sanchez Lobato tied for 41st at 228 and Alexander and Sammi Lee tied for 50th at 231.
Harang Lee notched three counting rounds during the tournament, while all other four Georgia golfers chipped in two counters apiece.
"It's nice to go out there knowing we have five people who can contribute and put up a really good number for us every time out," Brewer said. "I was glad Harang had a good finish. That should give her some confidence. Really, this tournament should give everyone a shot of confidence. We didn't play our best in the fall and we all know we're capable of playing much better. This was a good start in getting there."
No. 8 Arkansas completed its wire-to-wire win in the team field. The Razorbacks finished at 867, 14 strokes better than runner-up Georgia Regents University Augusta. Rounding out the top-10 teams were No. 19 Northwestern at 886, Auburn at 891, Georgia at 892, No. 7 Alabama, No. 15 N.C. State and Purdue all at 893, No. 22 Iowa State at 895 and Tennessee at 899.
Alabama's Stephanie Meadow and Purdue's Aurora Kim finished the 54-hole event tied atop the individual leaderoard at 5-under 211.
The Bulldogs will return to action this weekend when they travel to New Orleans to compete in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship at English Turn Golf & Country Club. The tournament will be contested on Sunday-Tuesday.
Lady Puerto Rico Classic
Rio Mar Country Club River Course
Rio Grande, P.R.
Par 72; 6191 Yards
Tuesday's Final-Round Results
GRU Augusta 297-287-297=881
N.C. State 297-297-299=893
Iowa State 296-298-301=895
Texas Tech 307-307-306=908
Kent State 305-296-306=917
Stephanie Meadow, Alabama 75-68-68=211
Aurora Kan, Purdue 71-68-72=211
Gaby Lopez, Arkansas 73-68-73=214
Emily Tubert, Arkansas 68-73-75=216
Brittany Marchand, N.C. State 71-72-73=216
Emmy Lavy, Arkansas 73-68-75=216
Casey Kennedy, GRU Augusta 75-69-73=217
Kimmy Hill, Texas Tech 74-70-73=217
Alex Harrell, Auburn 71-74-72=217
Josefine Nyqvist, GRU Augusta 73-70-74=217
T13. Harang Lee, Georgia 73-72-74=219
T34. Manuela Carbajo Ré, Georgia 78-74-75=227
T41. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 84-72-72=228
T50. Amira Alexander, Georgia 74-78-79=231
T50. Sammi Lee, Georgia 73-76-82=231