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

at Furman."

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

Oct. 29-31.