After having the lead for the first two rounds of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, the Dawgs finished second in the event behind No. 10 LSU, but Bulldog Marta Silva Zamora, a senior, took home the event at 3-under. It was the sixth individual title for Silva Zamora, who is very good at golf, as her list of accomplishments includes being the reigning National Player of the Year. It's what the kids say is "a big deal."
Silva-Zamora in action (image via)
Silva Zamora is one win away from tying the record of all time wins in Bulldog history, with Shauna Estes and Vicki Goetze being the current record holders. More scoop on the event as well as some tidbits from the Men's team after the jump...
The Dawgs only lost the event by two shots, as LSU squeaked by them during Tuesday's round. Word is that crab meat and shrimp gumbo was the dinner for the winner, propelling the Geaux Golfers to the win**. Even so, the Dawgs still had a strong showing from the team as junior Emilie Burger tied with two others for second place, and freshman Rocio Sanchez finished tied for 25th. Other notable Bulldog finishes include Milena Savich tied in 42nd place, Collins Bradshaw tied in 63rd place, and Amelia Hill (who competed as an individual) tied in 48th place.
The Lady Golf Dawgs' next event happens in two weeks when they square off in the 1st Annual (see what I did there?) Hootie Hits a Hole In One, or also known by it's formal (and real) name, the inaugural Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, S.C.
Moving on to the Men's team, a couple of former Bulldogs have been making headlines. First, Brian Harman, who was on the team from 2006-2009, won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am with businessman Gregg Ontiveros. Harmon finished the professional portion of the event in 20th place. Former Bulldogs Brendon Todd and Harris English finished the professional portion in ninth and 40th, respectively.
Secondly, now-former Bulldog Bryden Macpherson announced last Wednesday that he would be withdrawing from school to go back home to Australia to tune up his game in preparation to play in The Masters and then turn pro shortly thereafter. He ends his career with a scoring average of 73.31, which is good for 22nd all time on Georgia's list. His departure leaves UGA with only one junior on the team with the rest of the remaining eight players being sophomores or freshmen.
The Golf Dawgs will kick off the spring portion of the schedule with a trip to Puerto Rico as well and action in that event starts on 2/19, giving you all plenty of time to book tickets and go to Puerto Rico where you can only clap and give shouts of support in between shots. Those are the laws of golf and there has to be some law, even in Puerto Rico.
**Ok, so this is not true at all, but if it had been, would you be surprised?