For the second consecutive year, the Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate
Championship individual champion was declared by playoff. After three
holes, Georgia's Shauna Estes edged out Wake Forest's Nuria Clua by one
stroke to insure the Bulldogs' sweep of both the team and individual titles
at the Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club on Sunday.
"It was a struggle for 18 holes today," Estes said. "I had the same club in
on all three playoff holes, and got the break at the end. It was a battle
and that's just the way things go, but I am happy with the win."
Estes held the lead all three days on the par 72, 5,985 yard layout, firing
70 and 71 in the first two rounds. Her final round 76, paired with Clau's
72 on Sunday, sent the duo out to climb the Gettysvue hills one more time.
They both hit even par on their first trip up the ninth hole, then Estes
found herself hitting from beyond the cart path after they moved play over
to 18, forcing her to bogey the hole. However, Clau's second putt hit the
lip of the cup and did not fall, moving the playoff to one final hole.
Estes was able to hit the green in two, giving her the advantage en route
to her sixth career tournament win.
The Georgia team combined for a final round 306 to take the tournament by
two strokes over defending champion Duke. The Blue Devils made up ground on
day three, just as they had done the previous year for the championship,
but finished with a total of 908 for second. Wake Forest rounded at the top
three at 910.
"It's a thrill to win at Gettysvue," said Georgia head coach Beans Kelly.
"We hung in there each round and got out of the gate strong today, and
Shauna's win was really icing on the cake for us. It was a great tournament
and a great win."
Tennessee stayed consistent in their home event, finishing in eight place,
the spot the team occupied after each round. The team combined for 305
Sunday, the second lowest total of the round and one shot better than
tournament champ Georgia. A pair of freshman bolstered the Lady Vol effort
on the final day. Rosanna Zernatto fired a career-low even-par 72,
including five birdies to finish tied for 12th place, and Erin Simmons
carded her second straight 76 for 29th place. Sophomore Young-A Yang
returned to form to finish with a final round 75 and tie for 18th. Also
finishing for UT were Tina Schneeberger at 242 for 57th place and Stacey
Bergman with a total of 249 for a share of 71st.
"I am glad we finished on a higher note," said Lady Vol Head Coach Lori
Brock. "Both of our freshmen played well today and was great to see Rosanna
shoot even par. We have a well-deserved week off and then we'll hit it hard
The Lady Vols will take the next weekend off before heading to Greenville,
S.C. for the final tournament of the fall schedule. The team will
participate in the Lady Paladin Invitational hosted by Furman University on
Georgia sweeps both individual, team titles in golf
Published: Tue Oct 19, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:00 p.m.