[su_spacer size=”40″] The Bulldogs were the only team among the 20 schools in the field to break par on Tuesday.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “We wanted to win but to finish second in a field of 20 teams and beat some really good schools is a very solid performance,” head coach Josh Brewer said. “We were a couple of putts away from maybe putting some pressure on Arkansas today. All five, 1-5, are playing really well for us right now.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] Arkansas captured the team title after finishing at 7-under 857, while Florida’s Taylor Tomlinson and Clemson’s Alice Hewson shared medalist honors at 6-under 212.
[su_spacer size=”40″] The Bulldogs shot even-par 864 and also finished at even-par as a team in last week’s Cardinal Kickoff at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Georgia posted six par-or-better tournament scores in 35 seasons and 413 tourneys before this fall but has now done so in back-to-back events.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Bulldogs were also prominent fixtures on the individual leaderboard.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Freshman Jillian Hollis closed with a 1-under 71 and finished tied for third at 4-under 212. She equaled the seventh-best relation-to-par tournament mark in program history. In addition, freshman Bailey Tardy tied for seventh at 1-under 215, senior Manuela Carbajo Ré and freshman Rinko Mitsunaga both tied for 17th at 220 and junior Harang Lee tied for 24th at 221.
[su_spacer size=”40″] On Tuesday, Hollis, Lee and Tardy all signed for 1-under 71s. Georgia also counted a 74, the score posted by both Carbajo Ré and Mitsunaga.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Nearly as impressive as the Bulldogs’ even-par score were the rounds they dropped over the three days. Georgia discarded two 74s and a 76 in Charleston.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “In studying the top teams historically like Duke and USC and Arizona State, one of the things that set them apart was that fifth score,” Brewer said. “Having that fifth drop score consistently be a good round is very important. People can play as if they know all five are going to put up what would be a good counting score. I feel good about where we are as a team right now in that regard. If we can continue that trend, it’s going to be a very fun year.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] The Bulldogs will return to action in just three days, competing in the Mason Rudolph Championship at Vanderbilt Legends Club on Friday-Sunday. That tournament will conclude a busy opening stretch featuring three tournaments in just 12 days.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “I’m glad we’re playing again quickly,” Brewer said. “We’ll get back to Athens and get a day of rest and get back out there. We’ll stick with the same lineup. These players are playing great and they get along great. Hopefully, we’ll have some energy on Saturday and Sunday as we get to the end of this grind.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] Cougar Classic
Yeamans Hall Club
Par 72; 6204 Yards
[su_spacer size=”40″] Tuesday’s Final-Round Standings
[su_spacer size=”40″] Team Leaderboard
Wake Forest 289-300-300=889
N.C. State 294-297-301=892
North Carolina 299-297-307=896
College of Charleston 303-302-295=900
Penn State 304-296-300=900
Mississippi St. 302-295-307=904
Charleston Southern 319-297-316=932
UNC Greensboro 320-307-331=958
[su_spacer size=”40″] Individual Leaderboard
Taylor Tomlinson, Florida 68-68-74=210
Alice Hewson, Clemson 71-65-74=210
Jillian Hollis, Georgia 73-68-71=212
Regina Plasencia, Arkansas 70-72-70=212
Sierra Sims, Wake Forest 69-73-72=214
Alana Uriell, Arkansas 73-70-71=214
Bailey Tardy, Georgia 71-73-71=215
Gaby Lopez, Arkanas 68-70-77=215
Ashley Holder, UCF 69-73-73=215
Elizabeth Szokol, Virginia 71-69-75=215
[su_spacer size=”40″] Additional Georgia Scores
T17. Manuela Carbajo Ré, Georgia 73-73-74=220
T17. Rinko Mitsunaga, Georgia 73-73-74=220
T24. Harang Lee, Georgia 74-76-71=221