Sammi Lee recorded her career-low collegiate round on Tuesday.
March 31, 2014
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. --- Georgia's Amira Alexander and Sammi Lee are third and ninth, respectively, in the individual field through 36 holes of the 21st Annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate.
Alexander enters Tuesday's final round at the Eagle's Landing Country Club at even-par 144, three shots off the pace of Campbell's Kaylin Yost. Lee is six shots back at 147. In addition, Georgia's Mary Ellen Shuman is tied for 25th at 153 and Amelia Hill is tied for 63rd and 162.
Lee provided the Bulldogs' low round of the day with a 1-under 71, a loop she thought was a 3-under 69 when she walked off the course. Alexander, who was the first-round leader following a 71 on Sunday, shot 73, Shuman carded a 78 and Hill signed for an 80.
"Sammi and Amira had two under-par rounds all year and they've had two in the last two days here," head coach Josh Brewer said. "There's a lot of good energy at the golf course, not only here but back in Athens with the players not playing in this tournament. We're all excited and happy about the confidence we're building."
Lee started at No. 10 and immediately moved into red numbers with a birdie there. She gave that stroke back with a bogey at No. 11 but dipped to 3-under following birdies at No. 13, No. 18 and No. 2. Lee then recorded what she believed were seven consecutive pars to close out the day but was later assessed a two-stroke penalty at No. 5.
"They were playing lift, clean and replace," Brewer said. "Sammi did so, but when she put her ball back down it moved slightly. There were no rules officials around and she was told put the ball back where it originally was. Unfortunately, that wasn't correct and she was assessed a two-stroke penalty.
"Sammi was really consistent with her ball-striking all day and just made a few putts," Brewer continued. "None of the putts were outrageous. She just took advantage of a couple of birdie opportunities and went ahead and made them. It's a great sign that she got to 3-under and in her mind kept it there. She thought she was 3-under and was able to finish that type of round off."
Live scoring for Tuesday's final round will be available at www.golfstat.com and updated on a three-hole basis.
This weekend, Georgia will host the 42nd Annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course. The event will alter its format this year to a combination of stroke play and match play. All 16 teams will play 18 holes on Friday, April 4. From those results, the top eight finishers will comprise a "Red" bracket and the remaining teams will be paired in a "Black" bracket. Two rounds of match play will be contested on Saturday followed by a single round on Sunday.
The alteration comes after the announcement last September that the 2015 NCAA Championships will move to a stroke play/match play format.
21st Annual John Kirk Intercollegiate
Eagle's Landing Country Club
Par 72; 6164 Yards
Monday's Second-Round Standings
Kaylin Yost, Campbell 74-67=141
Maria Palacios, Georgia State 72-70=142
Amira Alexander, Georgia 71-73=144
Kaew Preacmchuen, Kennesaw St. 73-71=144
Sofie Kvarnstrom, Arkansas-Little Rock 73-72=145
Lauren Court, Georgia State 75-71=146
Gemma Fuster, Old Dominion 74-72=146
Brooke Spinks, Troy 77-69=146
Sammi Lee, Georgia 76-71=147
Anne Kathrin Albrecht, Jacksonville St. 74-73=147
Emily Williams, Middle Tennessee 80-67=147
Additional Georgia Scores
T25. Mary Ellen Shuman, Georgia 75-78=153
T63. Amelia Hill, Georgia 82-80=162