Three Bulldogs Shoot Par-Or-Better In Puerto Rico
SOURCE: UGA SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS
Junior Gabriela Coello and freshman Harmie Constantino shot 3-under 69 and even-par 72, respectively, on Monday to move into a tie for fourth place on the individual leaderboard at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. Those scores – and a third even-par effort from freshman Jenny Bae – helped the Georgia women’s golf team post a 5-over 293 in the second round of play at the Wyndham Rio Mar Golf and Country Club.
“Those were three really good rounds today,” head coach Josh Brewer said. “Tomorrow is Gaby’s birthday so what a round to have on your final day as a 20 year old. With Harmie and Jenny, being around par is what they seem to be doing this spring, which is a great thing. They’re right there to go even lower. Knowing that gives the team confidence that it’s a group that has the potential to go super-low.”
Over three tournament rounds this spring, five different Bulldogs have now combined to post seven par-or-better individual rounds.
Georgia remained in seventh place in the team field at 16-over 592, 12 shots off the pace of No. 11 Kent State. The Bulldogs also counted an 80 from senior Rinko Mitsunaga. Georgia dropped freshman Jo-Hua Hung’s 81, while junior Kelsey Kurnett, who is competing individually, shot 78.
Constantino and Coello are at even-par 144 through 36 holes, four strokes behind co-leaders Karoline Stormo of Kent State and Dorthea Forbrigd of ECU. Bae is tied for 17th at 147, Kurnett is tied for 34th at 150, Mitsunaga is 71st at 157 and Hung is tied for 73rd at 159.
Coello began her day at No. 9 with the round’s shotgun start. She bogeyed her first hole but then had birdie stretches covering No. 12, No. 13 and No. 14 and another at No. 3 and No. 4 to move to 4-under on the day. Coello closed our her loop with a bogey at No. 8
Bae aslo started with a bogey at No. 9 and slipped to 2-over with another at No. 10. She rebounded with birdies at No. 11, No. 12, No. 13 and No. 15 to get to 2-under through seven holes. After back-to-back bogeys at No. 17 and No. 18, Bae notched eight consecutive pars the rest of the way.
Constantino opened at No. 8 and also made it to 2-under at one point. She bogeyed No. 10 but birdied No. 14, No. 15 and No. 4. She signed for her even-par effort after bogeys on her final two holes – No. 6 and No. 7.
“We really started off pretty poorly and you wonder how a young team will handle that,” Brewer said. “Then they went on a run where we were 10- or 11-under as a team over a stretch. In golf, you know it happens; you’re going to make some bogeys. Unfortunately, we did so toward the end. But this is a group that looks at you like they all know they can make three or four or five birdies in a row. That’s fun to watch. It makes you feel like you’re always in contention because you know you have the ability to make up ground in a hurry.”
Georgia will be paird with No. 13 Northwestern and Maryland for Tuesday’s final round. Those three teams will tee off at 9:00 a.m. ET on holes Nos. 8-10.