Burger finishes strong to win medalist honors at Bryan National; Bulldogs finish sixth

BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. — Georgia senior Emilie Burger played her final five holes at 4-under — including an eagle-2 — en route to capturing medalist honors at the Bryan National Collegiate on Sunday. The 19th-ranked Bulldogs shot 293 in the final round and finished sixth in the 17-team field at 888.

With the shotgun start, Burger opened her day at No. 3 and was 1-over through her first 13 holes. She then birdied No. 16 and eagled No. 17, holing out from 125 yards.

“I just couldn’t get anything going all day,” Burger said in a news release. “On 15, I got frustrated. On 16, I hit it tight again and finally made a putt. On 17, I knew I had the perfect shot. It was a 9-iron and I’d been hitting it well all day. Everyone says ‘go in’ when they hit a good shot but you usually don’t think it’s really going in. I thought it had a chance. It skipped past the hole and tucked back in.”

Burger birdied No. 1 to move to 3-under on the day and 5-under overall. After a par on No. 2, Burger learned she had slipped past Virginia’s Brittany Altomare to win by one shot.

The victory was Burger’s second of the 2012-13 season. In the fall, she claimed medalist honors at the Mason Rudolph Championship in September.

Burger’s closing 69 was Georgia’s low round of the day. The Bulldogs also counted a 73 from Manuela Carbajo Ré, a 74 by Kailey Walsh and a 77 from Amira Alexander, while dropping a 79 by Rocio Sanchez Lobato.

Overall, Carbajo Ré tied for 13th at 220, and Alexander, Sanchez Lobato and Walsh all tied for 62nd at 232.

No. 15 Virginia completed its wire-to-wire lead atop the team field at 5-over 869. No. 6 Arkansas was second at 873, followed by Wake Forest at 885, No. 7 Vanderbilt at 886, No. 5 Florida at 887, the Bulldogs at 888, No. 23 N.C. State at 892, South Carolina at 893, No. 2 Duke and Auburn both at 894 and No. 9 North Carolina at 897.

The tournament served as Georgia’s regular-season finale. The Bulldogs will next compete in the Southeastern Conference championships on April 19-21 at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.

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