Emilie Burger was 2-under after the turn.
March 29, 2013
BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. --- The No. 19-ranked Georgia women's golf team posted a 12-over 300 in Friday's opening round of the Bryan National Collegiate at the Bryan Park Championship Course, leaving the Bulldogs tied for 10th.
Georgia is just six shots from a third-place tie between No. 6 Arkansas and No. 9 North Carolina.
"We were really pretty close," head coach Josh Brewer said. "We let a few simple things turn into some big numbers and then we didn't make up that ground by converting some birdie chances we had. If we correct that, we'll be fine."
Emilie Burger shot even-par 72, Georgia's low loop of the day, and is tied for ninth individually. Additional counters were a 73 by Manuela Carbajo Ré, which has her tied for 15th; a 77 from Rocio Sanchez Lobato, which ties her for 56th; and a 78 by Amira Alexander, which places her in a tie for 64th. Kailey Walsh notched an 83 and is tied for 84th.
No. 15 Virginia blistered the layout to the tune of 7-under 281 to grab a five-shot lead over No. 7 Vanderbilt. Following the Razorbacks and Tar Heels are South Carolina at 296; No. 2 Duke and Wake Forest both at 297; Auburn and Michigan State both at 298; the Bulldogs and No. 23 N.C. State both at 300; Louisville and No. 5 Florida both at 304; Tennessee at 306; Florida State at 307; UNC Wilmington at 311; and UNC Greensboro at 316.
The Cavaliers' Elizabeth Brightwell grabbed the individual lead by carding a 4-under 68, a shot better than Rene Sobolewski of Vanderbilt.
Georgia teed off from No. 10 and played the back side of the course first on Friday.
Burger turned at 2-over. She birdied No. 11 but bogeyed No. 12 and No. 14. A second birdie at No. 15 put Burger back at par, but she lost two strokes with bogeys at No. 16 and No. 18. After five straight pars, Burger notched back-to-back birdies at No. 6 and No. 7 before closing with a pair of pars.
"Emilie made par putts to keep her round going and finally made a couple of birdies late," Brewer said. "Hopefully, that will jumpstart her through the weekend. Manuela was steady all day. She had a few birdie chances she could've converted but still played well. The other three were pretty close but just didn't give us the number they had a chance to post."
Georgia will be paired with N.C. State and Louisville for Saturday's second round. The Bulldogs, Wolfpack and Cardinals will tee off from No. 10 beginning at 8:20 a.m. ET. Live scoring is updated on a three-hole basis at www.golfstat.com.
Bryan National Collegiate
Bryans Park Championship Course
Browns Summit, N.C.
Par 72; 6386 Yards
Friday's First-Round Standings
North Carolina 294
South Carolina 296
Wake Forest 297
Michigan State 298
N.C. State 300
Florida State 307
UNC Wilmington 311
UNC Greensboro 316
Elizabeth Brightwell, Virginia 68
Rene Sobolewski, Vanderbilt 69
Brittany Altomare, Virginia 70
Briana Mao, Virginia 70
Marissa Dodd, Wake Forest 71
Diana Fernandez, Auburn 71
Casey Grice, North Carolina 71
Sarah Schmelzel, South Carolina 71
Emilie Burger, Georgia 72
Justine Dreher, South Carolina 72
Gabriele Lopez, Arkansas 72
Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt 72
Lauren Stratton, Vanderbilt 72
Samantha Swineheart, South Carolina 72
Additional Georgia Scores
T15. Manuela Carbajo Ré, Georgia 73
T56. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 77
T64. Amira Alexander, Georgia 78
T84. Kailey Walsh, Georgia 83