Georgia Tied For Fifth At Fall Preview

Oct. 5, 2012

Day 1 Results | Day 2 Tee Times

ATHENS, Ga. --- Paced a career-low 3-under 69 from Collins Bradshaw, the Georgia women's golf team carded an 8-over 296 in Friday's opening round of the 41st Annual Liz Murphey Fall Preview.

Bradshaw is a stroke off the individual lead held by UCLA's Erynne Lee, while the Bulldogs are tied for fifth with preseason No. 1 Alabama.

Most of the nation's top teams are in Athens competing at the University of Georgia Golf Course, which will host the 2013 NCAA Championships next May 21-24. Auburn shot 1-under 287 and owns a seven-shot edge over UCLA. Rounding out the top-10 are Southern Cal and Denver at 295, the Bulldogs and Tide at 296, North Carolina and Vanderbilt at 297, Virginia at 298 and Oklahoma and Texas A&M at 299.

Only 12 strokes separate second and 18th places on the team leaderboard.

In addition to Bradshaw's tally, Georgia also counted a 73 from Emilie Burger and a pair of 77s from Manuela Carbajo Re and Rocio Sanchez Lobato. The Dogs dropped Kailey Walsh's 78.

Overall, Burger is tied for 14th, Carbajo Re and Sanchez Lobato are tied for 54th and Walsh is tied for 72nd.

Bradshaw bogeyed No. 5 but birdied No. 9 to turn at even. She played the back side at 3-under with birdies at No. 11, No. 17 and No. 18.

"The birdie at No. 9, I needed it," Bradshaw said. "The bogey I made was a legitimate bogey. I couldn't get to the green in two and couldn't get up and down. After the birdie, I gave myself a chance at 10 but missed it. I had a good look at 11 and it went in, and that's really where I just knew. I told myself just stay patient and keep plugging instead of staying content with where I was at. I kept plugging away and continued to give myself chances."

The Bulldogs got off to a shaky start, playing the first five holes at 8-over before settling down and playing the remainder of the course at even-par.

"We played well after our slow start," head coach Josh Brewer said. "We got off to just a terrible start but bounced back. We kept ourselves in it, which is what we wanted to do. Thank goodness for Collins. It's first time she's broken par for us and she goes out and shoots 3-under 69 and is one shot off the lead. Now we're going to need to get some help from the back end of the lineup."

The Bulldogs will be paired with Alabama and Denver for Saturday's second round, teeing off from No. 1 in waves every 10 minutes from 8:50-9:30 a.m.

"We are right where we want to be after day one," Brewer said. "We'd like to move up a couple of spots tomorrow just to feel that lead group on Sunday and at least look people in the eye and have a chance. I'm proud of the team and now we need to just do it one more day."

No admission is charged for spectators to attend the tournament. Live scoring is updated on a three-hole basis on the internet here.

Liz Murphey Fall Preview
UGA Golf Course
Athens, Ga.
Par 72, 6335 Yards

Friday's First-Round Standings

Team Leaderboard
Auburn                             287   
UCLA                               294
Southern Cal                       295
Denver                             295
Georgia                            296
Alabama                            296
Vanderbilt                         297
North Carolina                     297
Virginia                           298
Oklahoma                           299
Texas A&M                          299
Tulane                             300
Purdue                             300
Tennessee                          302
Duke                               302
South Carolina                     305
California                         305
LSU                                306

Individual Leaderboard
Erynne Lee, UCLA                   68
Collins Bradshaw, Georgia          69
Tonje Daffinrud, Denver            69
Brittany Altomare, Virginia        70
Stephanie Meadow, Alabama          70
Hannah Collier, Alabama            71
Sophia Popov, Southern Cal         71
Paula Reto, Purdue                 71
Diana Fernandez, Auburn            71
Marta Sanz, Auburn                 71

Additional Georgia Scores
T14. Emilie Burger, Georgia        73
T55. Manuela Carbajo Re, Georgia   77
T55. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 77
T72. Kailey Walsh, Georgia         78

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