BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The No. 18-ranked Georgia women's golf team defeated a trio of top-10 teams en route to a runner-up showing at the 2013 SEC Championships at Greystone Golf and Country Club on Sunday.
The Bulldogs completed the tournament at 913, 14 shots back of No. 2 Alabama.
"We cut the lead to single digits on the back side and made Alabama make sure they earned it but we just couldn't get it any closer," head coach Josh Brewer said.
The Bulldogs carded a 302 on Sunday and improved their score from each round throughout the 54-hole tournament. In the final round, Georgia counted a pair of 76s from Emilie Burger and Rocio Sanchez Lobato and a pair of 77s by Manuela Carbajo Re´ and Kailey Walsh on Sunday, while dropping Amira Alexander's 85.
The Bulldogs' youthful playing five included a senior, a sophomore and three freshmen.
"They've grown up quickly," Brewer said. "They're not freshmen any more. They've played a lot of high-level golf, both amateur and collegiate. And they do a good job of keeping it loose and fun for us, which is important as we go forward in the post-season."
Trailing the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs were South Carolina at 918, No. 8 Vanderbilt 919, Mississippi State at 921, Kentucky at 922, No. 6 Arkansas and LSU at 923, Tennessee at 929, Auburn at 933, No. 24 Texas A&M at 934, Ole Miss in 941, No. 7 Florida at 952 and Missouri at 955.
Stephanie Meadow captured medalist honors for Alabama after finishing at even-par 216, nine shots better than Ally McDonald of Mississippi State and Sarah Harris of Kentucky.
For Georgia, Carbajo Re´tied for ninth at 228, Sanchez Lobato tied for 11th at 229, Burger tied for 14th at 230, Walsh tied for 37th at 235 and Alexander tied for 43rd at 236.
"Everybody contributed this weekend," said Burger, the only upperclassman in the lineup for SECs. "Amira had a great round, 'Ro' and 'Manu' both played really well and Kailey had a lot of great moments. I think we're all playing well, but I think that we can still play better. I'm looking forward to Regionals and nationals as a chance to do that."
The Bulldogs will next compete in one of three NCAA Regionals on May 9-11 in Auburn, Ala.; Norman, Okla.; and Stanford, Calif. The Regional fields will be announced by the NCAA on Monday, April 29 at 9 p.m. ET.
The top eight teams from each Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships on May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course. This will mark the fifth time the UGA course has hosted the women's collegiate national championships. The Bulldogs hosted the 1971 DGWS Nationals, the 1981 AIAW Nationals and the 1983 and 1993 NCAA Championships.
SEC Women's Golf Championships
Greystone Golf & Country Club
Par 72; 6,401 Yards
Sunday's Final-Round Standings
South Carolina 306-309-303=918
Mississippi St. 306-303-312=921
Texas A&M 318-309-307=934
Ole Miss 317-321-303=941
Stephanie Meadow, Alabama 75-69-72=216
Ally McDonald, Mississippi St. 77-70-76=225
Sarah Harris, Kentucky 73-76-76=225
Justine Dreher, S. Carolina 74-76-76=226
Emily Tubert, Arkansas 76-74-76=226
Liz Breed, Kentucky 76-73-78=227
Victoria Trapani, Auburn 78-73-76=227
Manuela Carbajo Ré, Georgia 77-75-76=228
Sarah Schmeizel, S. Carolina 76-76-76=228
Rica Tse, Mississippi St. 77-78-72=228
Additional Georgia Scores
T11. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 74-80-75=229
T14. Emily Burger, Georgia 78-77-75=230
T37. Kailey Walsh, Georgia 77-82-76=235
T43. Amira Alexander, Georgia 78-73-85=236
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