Women’s Golf: Four Dawgs Earn All-America Honors

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Women’s Golf: Four Dawgs Earn All-America Honors

Georgia's Jillian Hollis on the final day of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. Photo: Georgia Sports Communications
Georgia’s Jillian Hollis on the final day of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.
Photo: Georgia Sports Communications

A quartet of Georgia women’s golfers earned Golfweek All-America honors for the 2016-17 season. The publication released its honorees late Tuesday, with Jillian Hollis named to the second team, Harang Lee included on the third team and Rinko Mitsunaga and Bailey Tardy both featured on the honorable mention ledger.
Georgia was the only school in the nation with four golfers among Golfweek’s All-America teams.
“This is a great honor for these four and a great honor for our program,” head coach Josh Brewer said. “They put in the hard work throughout the year, and they all deserve it. I think it speaks to the depth we’ve created and they’ve created here at Georgia. I’m just very proud of all of them and what they’ve accomplished. This is a very special recognition.”
This also marks the first time four Bulldogs have earned All-America recognition in a single season. Previously, three Georgia golfers were named All-America in 1988, 1991, 1998, 2006 and 2016.
Hollis, a sophomore from Rocky River, Ohio, finished the season at No. 12 in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual national rankings. She sported a team-best 72.12 stroke average and notched six top-10 and seven top-20 finishes in 10 tournaments.
Lee, a senior from Castro Uridales, Spain, was ranked No. 24 individually by Golfweek. She played an abbreviated fall schedule due to attending LPGA Q-School and competing for Spain in the World Team Amateur Championships. Lee recorded five top-20 finishes in eight events, including a runner-up performance at the SEC Championships.
Mitsunaga, a sophomore from Roswell, Ga., completed the year ranked No. 46 by Golfweek. She posted a 73.22 average, including nine par-or-better scores in 23 rounds during the season. Mitsunaga was a top-20 finisher at five of nine events, with top-10 efforts at the Cardinal Kickoff and the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.
Tardy, a sophomore from Peachtree Corners, Ga., was No. 41 in the year-end edition of the Golfweek rankings. She finished with a 72.54 average and led the team with eight top-20 finishes in 10 tournament appearances. Tardy was also stellar in two match play events, posting a combined 6-0 record at the Gifford Great 8 and the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.
Georgia finished the season ranked No. 8 and No. 9 in the Golfweek and Golfstat team rankings, respectively. The Bulldogs posted five wins on the year, with team titles at the Cardinal Kickoff, Windy City Collegiate and Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic and individual crowns at the Cardinal Kickoff (Lee) and Liz Murphey (Hollis).

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