2022 SEC Women’s Golf Championships
April 13-17, 2022
Greystone Golf and Country Club
normal 72; 6331 yards
The composition of Georgia
1. jenny bae – 5-3; Sr.; Suwanee, Georgia; Collins Hill High School
• Participation in ANWA 2022
• Invited to Curtis Cup training session by USGA
• Reached the 2021 US Women’s Am Round of 16
• Won Georgia Am & Open 2021
2. Jo Hua Hung – 5-4; Sr.; New Taipei City, Taiwan; Chih Ping High School
• Leads the team with 13 POB rounds
• Participation in the US Women’s Open 2021
• Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2020 and 2021
• SEC All-Freshman tab in 2019
3. Catherine Don – 5-6; Jr.; Pinerolo, Italy; Istituto Maria Immacolata at Scuola Paritaria DM
• Three top-10 finishes in five tournaments this spring
• Participation in the US Women’s Open 2020
• Made the ANWA cut in 2019 and 2021
• Helped Italy win the 2018 Junior Women’s World Team Championship
4. LoraLie Cowart – 5-4; Fr. ; Carrollton, Georgia; Carrollton High School
• Missed fall due to wrist injury
• Top UGA finisher at Liz Murphey, tied for 8th
• AJGA All-America tab in 2020
• Medalist at the 2020 National HS Golf Association Invitational
5. Candice Mahe – 5-8; Jr.; Gourin, France; Saint Joan of Arc High School
• Started the spring with a second place finish at Lady Bulldog
• Participation in ANWA 2021
• Gold medal in the mixed field at Spirit International 2019
• Won the 2019 Spanish Women’s Am
The Bulldogs begin play at the SEC Championships on Wednesday
Georgia will open play in the 2022 SEC Championships on Wednesday morning at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. The Bulldogs will be paired with Mississippi State for the first round, teeing off the No. 10 hole in 10-minute increments between 9:8-10 a.m. ET.
“That’s why you’ve been working not just for eight months, but for years and years,” the head coach said. Josh Brewer mentioned. “That’s why you do it.”
Georgia programming will feature seniors jenny bae and Jo Hua Hungjunior Catherine Don and Candice Mahé and first year LoraLie Cowart.
Bae and Hung lead the Bulldogs in virtually every statistical category. Bae leads the team with an average of 72.59, while Hung tops the list with 13 par or better rounds. Each produced five individual top-20 finishes.
They are also the only golfers from the Georgia squad to have competed in the SEC championships. Hung was tied for 12th individually in 2019, while Bae was tied for 10th last spring. Both golfers went 2-0 in match play in 2019 when the Bulldogs’ semi-final match with Ole Miss was extended to a pair of 21-hole contests.
“Both seniors had a lot of success in the SEC,” Brewer said. “We came one playoff hole away from having a shot at an SEC title their freshman year, and they both played well individually last year given the circumstances.”
Although they have plenty of tournament experience, Don and Mahé will be making their SEC debuts. They probably would have participated in the last two championships; however, the 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and they missed last year’s tournament due to health and safety protocols.
“We had a few odd years,” Brewer said. “You wouldn’t think we’d have a few juniors playing SEC for the first time as talented as them, but we do. I sense an almost freshman-like enthusiasm from them as they prepare for the tournament. .”
The Bulldogs, who are No. 27 in the latest Golfstat and Golfweek rankings, are the No. 10 seed in the SEC. The league currently has three teams in the top 10 and nine in the top 25.
“That’s why we’re playing in this conference,” Brewer said. “That’s why I want to coach here. That’s why student-athletes want to come here. You know, it might be harder to win your conference than a national title. It’s exciting, and we know we We have to play well. We think we are peaking at the right time and when it really matters.”
Georgia spent much of the fall ranking among the top 15 teams in the nation. The Bulldogs broke a school record in a round of 14 under at the Cougar Classic and shot 15 under – their second-best 54-hole mark all-time – to win the team title at the Illini Invitational at the historic Medinah Country Club .
However, Georgia fell dramatically from a 13th-place finish at Stanford Intercollegiate when the Bulldogs played the final two rounds in a four-and-four no-one game situation. jenny bae. After covering its first nine fall rounds at a combined 25 under, Georgia shot 39 over California.
“I’m really, really excited and starting to feel the thrill of us playing against the best teams in the country in the SEC,” Bae said. “I feel like we have a very good chance. I’m more excited about match play than stroke play because we play stroke play almost every tournament.
“I know we have to do stroke play first, but I have full confidence in each of my UGA teammates that we can qualify for match play,” Bae added.
After 54 stroke play qualifying holes from Wednesday to Friday, the top eight teams will move on to a match play competition in brackets. The quarterfinals and semifinals are on Saturday and the championship game is on Sunday, with live coverage on the SEC Network from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET.
“I’m really, really excited because the SEC is still one of the biggest events we have,” Hung said. “Everyone has trained so hard to prepare. I think Greystone is my type of course. We don’t play it that long, around 6,300 yards, and the short irons are my strength. Also, I I’ve definitely made notes in my distance book both times I’ve played there, so in training I focused on the distances I need to prepare for during the tournament.”
UGA SEC History
Georgia has won a league-leading 19 SEC Women’s Golf Championships. The Bulldogs have won 11 tag team titles and eight medal honors.
Florida ranks second with 18 conference championships, nine team titles and nine individual titles, while Auburn ranks third with 16 crowns, 10 teams and six individual titles.
The Bulldogs, Gators and Tigers have combined to win 53 of the 80 all-time SEC titles in women’s golf.
Bulldogs know how to win
Each member of Georgia’s roster has impressive individual titles to their name.
jenny bae was a three-time winner in one week last summer, earning top honors at the Georgia Women’s Amateur, Georgia Women’s Open and a US Women’s Amateur qualifier between June 30 and July 5.
Jo Hua Hung recorded seven victories in the three years before arriving in Georgia, including a quartet of victories in American events. She also makes an appearance at the 2021 US Women’s Open.
Catherine Don is one of only two Georgia golfers to have won their college debut. She earned medalist honors at the 2019 Minnesota Invitational after shooting 9 under over 36 holes. She also made the cut at the 2019 and 2021 editions of the Augusta National Women’s Am.
Candice Mahé won five times on European soil before coming to the United States to compete collegially. Most notably, she won the 2018 French Women’s Amateur by 12 strokes and won the 2019 Spanish Women’s International Am, where she beat Italy’s Alessia Nobilio in the championship match.
LoraLie Cowart was named 2021 Georgia High School Player of the Year after earning medalist honors at the Class 6A State Tournament. Additionally, she was the wire-to-wire winner of the 2020 National High School Golf Association Invitational at Pinehurst, where she birdied her final two holes to take the two-stroke victory.
Winning is not limited to Georgian golfers. The head coach Josh Brewer won the 1998 Indiana State Amateur and led Indiana to the 1998 Big Ten Championship, while assistant coach Caroline Westrup was a medalist at the 2006 World Amateur Tag Team Championships and a five-time winner while competing for Florida State.