WGOLF: Georgia Leads The Gold Rush

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WGOLF: Georgia Leads The Gold Rush

SHOAL CREEK, AL - JUNE 01: Celeste Dao of Canada waves her ball after a birdie on the fourth hole during the second round of the 2018 U.S. Women's Open at Shoal Creek on June1, 2018 in Shoal Creek, Alabama. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SHOAL CREEK, AL – JUNE 01: Celeste Dao of Canada waves her ball after a birdie on the fourth hole during the second round of the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek on June1, 2018 in Shoal Creek, Alabama. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

The Georgia women’s golf team posted a 6-over tally over the first and second rounds of The Gold Rush on Monday, including a season-low 1-under 287 in the morning. The Bulldogs are atop the team and individual leaderboards heading into Tuesday’s final round at Old Ranch Country Club.

“We’ve been wanting to shoot under par as a team and to go out this morning and do so was a great sign,” head coach Josh Brewer said. “We were probably off to an even better start in the afternoon but had about an hour of golf we’d like to have back. Still, I’m proud of the way we battled and finished atop the leaderboard at the end of the day. Tomorrow we get the chance to get our first win of the season, which is what we came out here to do.”

Georgia is a stroke ahead of Fresno State. The Bulldogs and Bulldogs will battle for the team title on Tuesday, as there is a 13-shot gap between Fresno and third-place Long Beach State.

Georgia freshman Céleste Dao leads the individual field at 3-under 141. She is one of three Bulldogs with top-5 spots on the leaderboard. Freshman Caterina Don is third at 1-under 143 and sophomore Jo Hua Hung is tied for fifth at 1-over 145. In addition, freshman Caroline Craig is tied for 11th at 147, freshman Candice Mahe is 18th at 149 and sophomore Jenny Bae is 38th at 154.

“Individually, we have a lot of talent,” Brewer said. “It’s not a surprise that we have so many people near the top of the leader board. We’ve been harping that if you take care of yourself individually, Georgia will be where it needs to be as a team. I think all six of them came in here thinking they had a chance to win. Realistically, three of them still have a good opportunity to do that tomorrow.”

In the first round, the Bulldogs were led by Hung’s 2-under 70, her second-straight 2-under loop dating back to the final round of the Lady Puerto Classic two weeks ago. Georgia also counted a pair of even-par 72s from Don and Mahe and a 73 from Craig.

Dao shot the Bulldogs’ best score in the afternoon, a 2-under 70; however, that tally was not part of Georgia’s team score because she is competing individually. The Bulldogs counted a 1-under 71 from Don, her 10th par-or-better effort in 16 rounds this season, as well as a 74 from Craig and a pair of 75s from Bae and Hung.

Georgia will be paired with Fresno State and Long Beach State on Tuesday, teeing off from holes Nos. 1-4 with an 11 a.m. ET shotgun start. Live scoring is available here.

“Tomorrow is part of the growth of your team when you have four freshmen and two sophomores leading us,” Brewer said. “We’ve gotten ourselves to the point where we’re in the lead going into the final round. Learning how to win is another step in that growth, but that’s exactly what we expect to do during the round tomorrow. We know if we take care of ourselves, we’ll be a happy bunch on that plane back to Georgia tomorrow night.”

The Gold Rush

Old Ranch Country Club

Seal Beach, Calif.

Par 72, 6169 Yards

Monday’s First- and Second-Round Results

Team Leaderboard

Georgia                             287-295=582

Fresno State                        291-292=583

Long Beach State                    299-297=596

Charlotte                           302-297=599

Sacramento State                    297-302=599

Brigham Young                       303-297=600

Minnesota                           296-209=605

New Mexico State                    307-300=607

Idaho                               303-309=612

UC Irvine                           307-309=616

Santa Clara                         312-307=619

Wyoming                             322-300=622

Boston College                      313-313=626

Individual Leaderboard

Céleste Dao, Georgia                71-70=141

Harriet Lynch, Fresno St.           73-69=142

Caterina Don, Georgia               72-71=143

Maddie Riggs, UC Irvine             72-72=144

Jo Hua Hung, Georgia                70-75=145

Kristin Simonsen, Fresno St.        73-72=145

Brigitte Thibault, Fresno St.       70-75=145

Allysha Mae Mateo, BYU              78-68=146

Annick Haczkiewicz, BYU             74-72=146

Hannah Ko, Long Beach St.           73-73=146

Additional Georgia Scores

T11. Caroline Craig                 73-74=147

 18. Candice Mahe                   72-77=149

 38. Jenny Bae                      79-75=154

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