April 20, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- Freshman Amira Alexander played the final two holes at 3-under to give the No. 18-ranked Georgia women's golf team a boost en route to a 17-over 305 in Saturday's second round of the SEC Women's Golf Championships.
The Bulldogs went from a four-way tie for third to sole possession of that position on the team leaderboard at Greystone Golf and Country Club. Georgia is at 611, 14 shots back of No. 2 Alabama in first with 18 holes to play.
"We wanted to have a chance come Sunday," head coach Josh Brewer said. "We'd like for the deficit to be a few shots less but we have a chance. I still feel like our best golf is out there. We just have to go out tomorrow and maybe a little more aggressive because we want to win the championship. Finishing third or fourth really won't be remembered, so we'll play aggressive and try to make some more birdies."
Alexander finished with a 1-over 73, Georgia's low loop of the day. The Bulldogs' other counting scores were a 75 from Manuela Carbajo Ré, a 77 from Emilie Burger and an 80 from Rocio Sanchez Lobato. Kailey Walsh signed for an 82.
Alexander turned at 3-over following bogeys at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 8. She dropped to 4-over with a bogey at No. 11, about the same time her family arrived at the course.
With her parents, John and Tracy, her brothers, Damari and John, and her grandmother, Gloria Burton, watching on, the freshman from Alpharetta then played the final six holes at 3-under. She birdied No. 13 but bogeyed No. 15. A birdie two at No. 17 was followed by an unlikely eagle at the 439-yard No. 18.
Alexander's tee shot hit a cart path in the middle of the fairway and then bounced over a creek into the fairway. That left her with a 143-yard, 8-iron into the green.
"The eagle was totally unexpected," Alexander said. "My teammates told me that I couldn't hit it far enough to get in the hazard. I hit my driver and it was a great drive. It hit the cart path and I thought it went into the water. When I got up there I saw it was a great shot and I thought to myself 'Why not just stick it on the green and make an eagle?"
Alabama's Stephanie Meadow shot 69 to move atop the individual field at even-par 144. For Georgia, Alexander is tied for 10th at 151, Carbajo Ré is tied for 13th at 152, Sanchez Lobato is tied for 18th at 155, Burger is tied for 21st at 155 and Walsh is tied for 42nd at 159.
The Crimson Tide shot 293 on Saturday, the only sub-300 tally of the tournament to date. The Tide leads Mississippi State by 12 shots. Trailing the Bulldogs are Kentucky and LSU both at 614; South Carolina at 615; No. 8 Vanderbilt at 618; No. 6 Arkansas and Tennessee both at 621; No. 24 Texas A&M and Auburn both at 627; Missouri and No. 7 Florida both at 633; and Ole Miss at 638.
Sunday's final round will be played in twosomes instead of the traditional threesomes. Georgia will be paired with Kentucky beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET. Live scoring is available on a three-hole basis at www.golfstat.com.
SEC Women's Golf Championships
Greystone Golf & Country Club
Par 72; 6,401 Yards
Saturday's Second-Round Standings
Mississippi St. 306-303=609
South Carolina 306-309=615
Texas A&M 318-309=627
Ole Miss 317-321=638
Stephanie Meadow, Alabama 75-69=144
Jennifer Kirby, Alabama 75-71=146
Ally McDonald, Mississippi St. 77-70=147
Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt 75-73=148
Liz Breed, Kentucky 76-73=149
Sarah Harris, Kentucky 73-76=149
Justine Dreher, S. Carolina 74-76=150
Mary L. Gallagher, Mississippi St. 75-75=150
Emily Tubert, Arkansas 76-74=150
Amira Alexander, Georgia 78-73=151
Stani Schiavone, Ole Miss 73-78=151
Victoria Trapani, Auburn 78-73=151
Additional Georgia Scores
T13. Manuela Carbajo Ré, Georgia 77-75=152
T18. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 73-80=153
T21. Emily Burger, Georgia 78-77=155
T42. Kailey Walsh, Georgia 77-82=159