The eighth-ranked UGA women’s golf team finished in seventh place after the third and final round of play in the NCAA Athens Regional on Wednesday at the UGA Golf Course and missed the cut to advance to the NCAA Championships by three shots.
“It’s definitely a frustrating way to end the season,” head coach Josh Brewer said. “We’re not going to let three three rounds define us, though. It will in the record books, but this core group has won nine times over the past two years. Unfortunately, it wasn’t our week. We’ve got to learn from it as a program and each get better.”
Georgia closed the tournament with a 9-over 297 and finished at 25-over 889. North Carolina earned the sixth and final spot in the NCAA Championships field by shooting 886.
Jillian Hollis led the Bulldogs, both on Wednesday and overall. Hollis closed with an even-par 72 and finished tied for 12th on the individual leaderboard at 1-over 217. Georgia also counted a 74 from Bailey Tardy, a 75 from Harang Lee and a 76 from Rinko Mitsunaga in the final round, while dropping Mary Ellen Shuman’s 77.
Overall, Tardy tied for 19th at 220, Mitsunaga tied for 37th at 225, Lee tied for 50th at 227 and Shuman tied for 229.
Georgia played solid golf throughout the lineup all three days; however, the Bulldogs posted just two par-or-better individual rounds during the Regional. All told, 13 of Georgia’s 15 individual scores fell between 73-77.
No. 3 Alabama won the team title at 7-under 857, while Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho was the medalist at 10-under 206.
Georgia finishes the 2016-17 season with five tournament wins. The Bulldogs swept the team and individual titles at both the Cardinal Kickoff and the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. In addition, Georgia took top team honors at the Windy City Collegiate.
NCAA Athens Regional
University of Georgia Golf Course
Par 72; 6344 Yards
Wednesday’s Third Round Results
Michigan State 284-297-291=872
North Carolina 302-297-287=886
Kansas State 310-297-303=910
Wake Forest 308-302-309=919
North Florida 305-313-302=920
Jennifer Kupcho, Wake Forest 68-70-68=206
Cheyenne Knight, Alabama 71-71-69=211
Lauren Stephenson, Alabama 69-70-72=211
Laura Fuenfstueck, Coll. of Charleston 72-69-72=213
Kristen Gillman, Alabama 73-70-71=214
Maya Watson, Princeton 75-70-69=214
Sarah Cho, Northwestern 74-72-68=214
Alice Hewson, Clemson 69-72-74=215
Hannah Kim, Northwestern 72-72-71=215
Leslie Cloots, N. Carolina 71-73-72=216
Paz Marfa, Michigan St. 71-74-71=216
ADDITONAL GEORGIA SCORES
T12. Jillian Hollis, Georgia 70-75-72=217
T19. Bailey Tardy, Georgia 73-73-74=220
T37. Rinko Mitsunaga, Georgia 74-75-76=225
T50. Harang Lee, Georgia 76-76-75=227
T59. Mary Ellen Shuman, Georgia 76-76-77=229