WGOLF: Georgia Opens With A 297 At The Ally

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WGOLF: Georgia Opens With A 297 At The Ally

Caterina Don (Photo: Caterina Don Instagram)

The Georgia women’s golf team carded a 9-over 297 in Monday’s opening round of The Ally at Old Waverly Golf Club. The Bulldogs are tied for 10th on the team leaderboard with 36 holes remaining.

“We’re disappointed,” head coach Josh Brewer said. “We came here thinking we were playing better than we did today, and we were playing better than we did today. If we go out and play like we know we can, we’ll move up and have a chance to have a high finish. Winning would require us to do something really special, but we’re ready to prove that we’re better than we were today because we know we are.”

Jenny Bae’s even-par 72 paced Georgia in the first round. The Bulldogs’ additional counting scores were a 74 from Caterina Don, a 75 from Céleste Dao and a 76 from Candice Mahe. Jo Hua Hung’s 78 was Georgia’s drop score.

The Bulldogs were 7-over through the first seven holes but surged to 1-under three holes later after posting a combined eight birdies on No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10. The momentum was thwarted with a quartet of bogeys at No. 11. After covering the first 15 holes at 4-over as a team, Georgia dropped five shots late in the day.

“I think we got a little frustrated,” Brewer said. “We probably thought we should be making more birdies than we were and we forced it a little bit. Then all of sudden you’re shaking your head. We have to know when we can attack and when we have to accept what the course gives us. We weren’t at our best today, but we’re looking forward to going out tomorrow and moving back into contention.”

On the individual leaderboard, Bae is tied for 21st, Don is tied for 31st, Dao is tied for 49th, Mahe is tied for 46th and Hung is tied for 57th.

Bae opened her loop with a bogey but used birdies at No. 8 and No. 9 to turn at 1-under. Following bogeys at No. 11 and No. 13, consecutive birdies at No. 14 and No. 15 pushed her back into red numbers before a bogey at No. 17 brought her to even.

Florida leads the team field, which featured all 14 SEC schools and Southern Miss. The Gators’ 8-under 280 is three shots ahead of Auburn. LSU’s Ingrid Lindblad sits atop the individual leaderboard 5-under 67, a stroke better than the trio of Florida’s Marina Escobar Domingo and Addison Baggarly and Auburn’s Elina Sinz.

The Bulldogs will be paired with Vanderbilt and Missouri for Tuesday’s second round, teeing off from No. 10 between 9:54-10:42 ET. Live scoring is updated on a hole-by-hole basis at golfstat.com.

The Ally

Old Waverly Golf Club

West Point, Miss.

Par 72; 6377 Yards

Monday’s First-Round Results

Team Leaderboard

Florida                                280

Auburn                                 283

Ole Miss                               284

South Carolina                         287

LSU                                    288

Tennessee                              290

Mississippi State                      293

Arkansas                               294

Alabama                                294

Georgia                                297

Vanderbilt                             297

Kentucky                               299

Missouri                               302

Texas A&M                              306

Southern Miss                          318

Individual Leaderboard

Ingrid Lindblad, LSU                   67

Elina Sinz, Auburn                     68

Addison Baggarly, Florida              68

Marina Escobar Domingo, Florida        68

Jensen Castle, Kentucky                69

Noelle Beijer, Missouri                70

Ellen Hume, Ole Miss                   70

Micheala Williams, Tennessee           70

Kennedy Swann, Ole Miss                70

Brooke Matthews, Arkansas              71

Kaleigh Telfer, Auburn                 71

Julia Johnson, Ole Miss                71

Kenzie Wright, Alabama                 71

Vanessa Gilly, Tennessee               71

Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, S. Carolina  71

Lois Kaye Go, S. Carolina              71

Annabell Fuller, Florida               71

Ashley Gilliam, Mississippi St.        71

Paula Kirner, S. Carolina              71

Ela Anacona, Arkansas                  71

Georgia Scores

T21. Jenny Bae                         72

T31. Caterina Don                      74

T39. Céleste Dao                       75

T46. Candice Mahe                      76

T57. Jo Hua Hung                       78

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