Amira Alexander fnished both Tuesday's round and the tournament at 2-under.
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
Par 72; 6164 Yards
Tuesday's Final-Round Standings
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