Alexander Reaches Playoff At Kirk Intercollegiate
Amira Alexander fnished both Tuesday's round and the tournament at 2-under.

Amira Alexander fnished both Tuesday's round and the tournament at 2-under.
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April 1, 2014

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. --- Georgia's Amira Alexander finished in a three-way tie atop the leaderboard at the 21st Annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate on Tuesday before falling in the first hole of a sudden-death playoff for medalist honors.

Alexander recorded a 2-under 70 in the final round, her second collegiate career best in three days. She improved the 1-under 71 from the opening round at Eagle's Landing Country Club.

The sophomore from Alpharetta completed 54 holes at 2-under 214 and tied with Maria Palacios of Georgia State and Kaylin Yost of Campbell. Palacios birdied the first playoff hole to grab the individual trophy.

"Statistically, it's a win for Amira, which is very exciting," head coach Josh Brewer said. "It's a huge win for her. Amira has been practicing well and had some moments this spring. To put it together for three days is a great boost of confidence, not only for herself but also our team. It tells we have five or six people that can go and win a tournament."

All told, four Bulldog golfers competed as individuals. Sammi Lee closed with a 78 and finished tied for 15th at 225, Mary Ellen Shuman shot 81 on Tuesday and tied for 39th at 234 and Amelia finished with an 86 that left her tied for 76th.

Alexander teed off from No. 16 with Tuesday's shotgun start to play. After four straight pars, she birdied No. 2 and No. 3 to briefly move atop the individual leaderboard at 2-under.

Alexander gave a stroke back with a bogey at No. 8 and entered her final three holes a shot behind both Palacios and Yost. Consecutive birdies at No. 13 and No. 14 pushed Alexander back atop the field before a closing bogey at No. 15 forced the playoff.

The Bulldogs will return to action this Friday when, Georgia hosts 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/Panther Intercollegiate
Eagles Landing Country Club
Stockbridge, Ga.
Par 72; 6164 Yards

Tuesday's Final-Round Standings

Individual Leaderboard
Maria Palacios, Georgia State              72-70-72=214
Amira Alexander, Georgia                   71-73-70=214
Kaylin Yost, Campbell                      74-67-73=214
Sofie Kvarnstrom, Arkansas-Little Rock     73-72-73=219
Kaew Preacmchuen, Kennesaw St.             73-71-75=219
Lisbeth Brooks, Campbell                   76-72-72=220
Lauren Court, Georgia State                75-71-75=221
Lacey Fears, Mercer                        78-73-71=222
Tahnia Ravnjak, Campbell                   78-76-68=222
Anne Kathrin Albrecht, Jacksonville St.    74-73-76=223
Gemma Fuster, Old Dominion                 74-72-77=223

Additional Georgia Scores
T15. Sammi Lee, Georgia                    76-71-78=225
T39. Mary Ellen Shuman, Georgia            75-78-81=234
T76. Amelia Hill, Georgia                  82-80-86=248

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