WGOLF: Dawgs Win by 23, Dominate The Gold Rush

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WGOLF: Dawgs Win by 23, Dominate The Gold Rush

Céleste Dao
(Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Céleste Dao
(Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Georgia wrapped up a dominating performance at The Gold Rush on Tuesday, winning the team title by 23 shots and taking three of the top-four spots on the individual leaderboard at Old Ranch Country Club.

The Bulldogs closed with a 7-under 281 and wrapped up the 54-hole event at 1-under 863. 

Individually, freshman Céleste Dao captured medalist honors after finishing at 7-under 209, a stroke better than classmate Caterina Don. Sophomore Jo Hua Hung finished fourth at 1-under 215.

“It was a great round of golf, one of the best 18 holes in school history,” head coach Josh Brewer said. “It was a special day made even better by the way we closed. I think we played our best golf over the final nine holes today. That says a lot about this team and its potential going forward.”

Georgia’s team tally on Tuesday equaled the sixth-best round in school history, and the tournament score was the Bulldogs’ 10th-best ever. Dao and Don equaled the fourth- and fifth-best individual tournament scores in program history, respectively.

The Bulldogs’ team showing could have been even more impressive. Dao finished sixth in the team’s qualifying rounds for California and was actually competing individually. Therefore, her scores did not count toward Georgia’s team total.

On Tuesday, Don led the Bulldogs with a 5-under 67, while Hung added a 2-under 70 and Jenny Bae and Candice Mahe both posted even-par 72s.

Overall, Mahe tied for 10th at 5-over 221, and Bae and Caroline Craig both tied for 21st at 10-over 226.

“We’ve had back to back highly rated recruiting classes and individually, their resumes are very, very impressive,” Brewer said. “We knew this was coming. Hat’s off to them for doing what they did today as a team and showing off our depth too, with Céleste winning while competing as an individual.”

Don’s day featured six birdies and one bogey. She opened with a birdie at No. 1 and turned at 2-under after birdies at No. 5 and No. 6 and a bogey at No. 8. On the back side, Don made a run for the individual title with birdies No. 12, No. 16 and No. 18, but she came up a stroke shy of her teammate.

Dao teed off from No. 15 with a shotgun start and opened with four straight pars before the “turn.” She blistered the front side to the tune of 6-under, with a birdie at No. 2, an eagle at No. 4 and successive birdies at No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9. Dao gave back a couple of those shots with bogeys at No. 10 and No. 12 to finish at 4-under on the day.

Georgia will return to action next weekend when the Bulldogs compete in the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, S.C.

“We came out here to win,” Brewer said. “Not being arrogant, but we should win this tournament. Now we get the chance to go play against an elite, national-level field at the Darius Rucker. We believe we’re much better than our golfstat ranking (No. 38) right now, and the Darius Rucker gives us a chance to prove that. We’re excited about the opportunity to go there and compete with the best teams in the country. We believe we should be ranked with them.”

The Gold Rush

Old Ranch Country Club

Seal Beach, Calif.

Par 72, 6169 Yards

Tuesday’s Final-Round Results

Team Leaderboard

Georgia                             287-295-281=863

Fresno State                        291-292-303=886

Long Beach State                    299-297-299=895

Brigham Young                       303-297-299=898

Charlotte                           302-297-298=898

Sacramento State                    297-302-302=901

Minnesota                           296-209-297=902

New Mexico State                    307-300-296=903

Idaho                               303-309-309=921

Wyoming                             322-300-312=934

Santa Clara                         312-307-319=935

UC Irvine                           307-309-319=938

Boston College                      313-313-321=947

Individual Leaderboard

Céleste Dao, Georgia                71-70-68=209

Caterina Don, Georgia               72-71-67=210

Harriet Lynch, Fresno St.           73-69-72=214

Jo Hua Hung, Georgia                70-75-70=215

Maria Davis, Long Beach St.         77-74-68=219

Allysha Mae Mateo, BYU              78-68-73=219

Annabelle Ackroyd, Minnesota        73-74-73=220

Hannah Ko, Long Beach St.           73-73-74=220

Tess Blair, Sacramento St.          74-73-73=220

Candice Mahe, Georgia               72-77-72=221

Grace Curran, Minnesota             71-77-73=221

Kristin Simonsen, Fresno St.        73-72-76=221

Maddie Riggs, UC Irvine             72-72-77=221

Additional Georgia Scores

T21. Caroline Craig                 73-74-79=226

T21. Jenny Bae                      79-75-72=226

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