[su_spacer size=”40″] Freshman Jillian Hollis paced the Bulldogs with a 4-under 68, while Georgia also counted a trio of 1-over 73s from Manuela Carbajo Ré, Rinko Mitsunaga and Bailey Tardy. The Bulldogs dropped Harang Lee’s 76.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “It was another very solid round, both individually and as a team,” head coach Josh Brewer said. “The way we’re playing, in a way, takes pressure off everyone when they’re 1-under or even-par. They can just continue to play normal golf because they know they probably have teammates around that mark to back them up. We’ve had three different players shoot 68s in four rounds of golf this season. On a good day, that could all happen at once.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] Hollis’ 68 followed Tardy’s same mark in the opening round of last week’s Cardinal Kickoff and Lee’s in that event’s second round.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Hollis endured a roller-coaster front nine. She birdied No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 before successive bogeys at No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8. A birdie at No. 9 pushed her to 1-under at the turn and she birdied No. 10, No. 12 and No. 15 before wrapping up with a trio of pars.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Arkansas leads the team field at 565. Rounding out the top-10 are Virginia at 575, the Bulldogs and Florida both at 577, Clemson at 587, Furman and Wake Forest both at 589, UCF and Auburn both at 590 and N.C. State at 591.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Clemson’s Alice Hawson shot 7-under 56 on Monday to move into a tie atop the individual standings with Florida’s Taylor Tomlinson. For Georgia, Hollis is fifth at 3-under 141, Tardy is tied for 12th at 144, Carbajo Ré and Mitsunaga are both tied for 18th at 146 and Lee is tied for 45th at 150.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Georgia posted a par-or-better team score for the second time in four rounds this season. That matches the total of par-or-better rounds the Bulldogs have posted in the last three seasons combined.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “Right now, it feels odd not to be in the red as a team,” Brewer said. “I’ve said it numerous times, I want to compete for SEC Championships and NCAA Championships. It takes five golfers to do that. This week, we’re chasing Arkansas. They have four golfers in the top 10, and we have four golfers in the top 18. Our golfer who isn’t in the top 18 came within a stroke of winning last week when she shot 5-under. I like the direction we’re headed.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] The Bulldogs will be paired with Arkansas, Virginia and Florida in Tuesday’s final round, teeing off from holes Nos. 1-3 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
Yeamans Hall Club
Par 72; 6204 Yards
Monday’s Second-Round Standings
Wake Forest 289-300=589
N.C. State 294-297=591
North Carolina 299-297=596
Mississippi St. 302-295=597
Penn State 304-296=600
College of Charleston 303-302=605
Charleston Southern 319-297=616
UNC Greensboro 320-307=627
Alice Hewson, Clemson 71-65=136
Taylor Tomlinson, Florida 68-68=136
Gaby Lopez, Arkanas 68-70=138
Elizabeth Szokol, Virginia 71-69=140
Jillian Hollis, Georgia 73-68=141
Ashley Holder, UCF 69-73=142
Sierra Sims, Wake Forest 69-73=142
Summer Roachell, Arkansas 71-71=142
Regina Plasencia, Arkansas 70-72=412
Additional Georgia Scores
T12. Bailey Tardy, Georgia 71-73=144
T18. Rinko Mitsunaga, Georgia 73-73=146
T18. Manuela Carbajo Ré, Georgia 73-73=146
T45. Harang Lee, Georgia 74-76=150