WOMEN’S GOLF: Georgia Begins Postseason Play At SEC Championships
The Georgia women’s golf team will open postseason play at the SEC Championships as the No. 2 seed this weekend at the Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, AL.
Georgia finished as runner-up at the Bryan National Collegiate three weeks ago. Nine of the Bulldogs’ counting rounds that weekend were par-or-better tallies, a mark that is even more impressive considering sophomore Rinko Mitsunaga was not on the lineup for the first time in her career due to a slight back injury.
The following weekend, Georgia supplied the individual medalist and finished first in both the stroke and match play portions of the 45th annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. Jillian Hollis notched the individual win with a 5-under 67 that was three shots better than the field. The Bulldogs earned a six-shot win in stroke play qualifying and then marched through the match play bracket as well. Harang Lee and Bailey Tardy both were 3-0 in match play for Georgia.
“We’re playing our best golf of the spring and continue to work hard,” head coach Josh Brewer said. “Hopefully, the momentum from the Liz Murphey carries over to this weekend.”
The SECs will be contested at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham for the fifth straight year, the third time on the club’s Legacy Course. One switch from previous years is pairings in twosomes. Georgia is the tourney’s No. 2 seed and will play Friday’s opening round with top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Alabama, teeing off beginning at 10:28 ET.
The field for the SECs is, as usual, stacked with many of the nation’s top teams. Six of the league’s 14 schools are currently ranked in the top-25 by both Golfstat and Golfweek.
The Golfstat ledger features No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 Georgia, No. 8 Florida, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 13 Arkansas and No. 20 Texas A&M.
In the Golfweek poll, Alabama is No. 1, Florida is No. 6, Georgia is No. 7, South Carolina is No. 11, Arkansas is No. 12 and Texas A&M is No. 21.
Georgia’s lineup for the SECs will consist of the same quintet of Bulldogs for five of six spring events – Hollis, Lee, Mitsunaga, Mary Ellen Shuman and Tardy.
“They know what this means, the opportunity to play for an SEC Championship and after that a national championship,” Brewer said. “They’re as motivated as any group I’ve had in my five seasons at Georgia, and they just want a chance come Sunday to win. If they play well, we’ll definitely have that chance. They’re ready. I’ve seen them all week.”
Those golfers have combined to post 38 of Georgia’s 39 par-or-better individual rounds this season, as well as 13 of 14 top-10 and 23 of 26 top-20 individual finishes during 2016-17.
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