After the second round of play on Monday in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, the Georgia women’s golf team find themselves in fifth place in the field of 15 teams. The Bulldogs shot 298, ten over par, causing them to fall from fourth to fifth, tied with Michigan and N.C. State. The Ladies will look to make up nine shots to catch current leader Furman in Tuesday’s final round of action today at the Rio Mar River Course.
“Really, we had to make some late birdies to post the number we did,” head coach Josh Brewer said. “Now, we still have a chance to win the golf tournament tomorrow. If we are able to make birdies and come back and win, the way we battled today will play a big part in that.”
Last year, the Bulldogs entered the final round in Puerto Rico seven shots off the lead and watched that gap balloon to 10 over the first half of the final round before rallying for a three-stroke victory.
“We met after the round and talked about last year,” Brewer said. “We were down double digits with less holes to go than we have tomorrow. We know we have a sharpen a few things up, but we also know what we’re capable of. Is the lead too big? We’ll find out tomorrow. But we still believe we can make it very exciting tomorrow and win this golf tournament.”
Jillian Hollis and Harang Lee signed for the Bulldogs’ low loops on Monday, a pair of 1-over 73. Georgia also counted a 75 from Mary Ellen Shuman and a 77 from Rinko Mitsunaga. Bailey Tardy posted the Bulldogs’ drop score, an 80. Sammi Lee, who is competing as an individual, also shot 80.
Overall, Harang Lee and Mitsunaga are tied for 18th on the individual leaderboard at 4-over 148. Furman’s Haylee Harford leads the field at 5-under 139. Also for Georgia, Hollis is tied for 32nd at 150, Tardy is tied for 38th at 151, Shuman is tied for 45th at 153 and Sammi Lee is 67th at 157.
No. 8 Furman, at 583, is three shots ahead of No. 15 Kent State. Rounding out the top-10 teams are TCU at 590; No. 9 Arkansas at 591; the Bulldogs, Wolfpack and Wolverines all at 592; No. 21 Baylor and Texas Tech at 593 and LSU at 605.
Monday’s Second-Round Standings
Lady Puerto Rico Classic
Rio Mar River Course
Rio Mar, P.R.
Par 72; 6164 Yards
Kent State 293-293=586
N.C. State 303-289=592
Texas Tech 292-301=593
Iowa State 305-302=607
Haylee Harford, Furman 70-69=139
Gabby Barker, Texas Tech 72-70=142
Elodie van Dievoet, Michigan 73-69=142
Amy Lee, Baylor 71-71=142
Maria Besga, Baylor 70-73=143
Kaylee Benton, Arkansas 73-71=144
Taylor Totland, Furman 71-73=144
Emmy Martin, TCU 73-72=145
Naomi Ko, N.C. State 74-71=145
Celia Barquin, Iowa State 72-73=145
Panitta Yusabai, Maryland 72-73=145
Additional Georgia Scores
T18. Harang Lee, Georgia 75-73=148
T18. Rinko Mitsunaga, Georgia 71-77=148
T32. Jillian Hollis, Georgia 77-73=150
T45. Bailey Tardy, Georgia 71-80=151
T56. Mary Ellen Shuman, Georgia 78-75=153
67.*Sammi Lee, Georgia 77-80=157
* competing as an individual