MESA, Ariz. — The Georgia women’s golf team fired a 7-under 281 in Sunday’s final round of the Clover Cup at Longbow Golf Club. That equaled the low loop of the day in the 14-team field and put the Bulldogs in third place on the final leaderboard at 4-under 860.
A trio of Georgia golfers finished the 54-hole event with under-par tallies – Jenny Bae at 9-under, Caterina Don at 3-under and Candice Mahé at 2-under.
“Today we tied for having the best round of the day and finished with our best one round score this spring, which is very encouraging,” head coach Josh Brewer said. “We had some really good individual performances this week and will continue to build on that as we get ready to host our home event, the Liz Murphey, in a couple of weeks.”
On Sunday, Bae fired a career-best 7-under 65 to lead the Bulldogs. Georgia also counted a 1-under 71 from Don, an even-par 72 from Mahé and a 1-over 73 from Caroline Craig.
No. 10 Texas A&M completed its wire-to-wire trek to the team title, closing with a 7-under effort on Sunday to wrap up at 23-under 841. That was 15 shots ahead of runner-up New Mexico at 856, followed by the Bulldogs at 860, Clemson at 862, Tennessee at 873, Louisville at 885, Colorado State at 888, FIU at 894, Indiana at 896 and Notre Dame and Northern Illinois both at 906.
Tennessee’s Angela Arora earned medalist honors, closing with a 4-under 68 to finish at 11-under 206. Bae tied for third, two shots back at 9-under 208, while Don tied for ninth at 213, Mahé tied for 11th at 214, Céleste Dao, who shot 75 on Sunday, tied for 45th at 228 and Craig tied for 61st at 233. Georgia’s LoraLie Cowart, who competed as an individual, closed with a 79 and tied for 49th at 230.
Bae’s 9-under tally equals the seventh-best tournament score in program history. She now owns four of Georgia’s 12 best tourney totals, including her 16-under effort to win the Illini Invitational last fall.
Bae bettered her previous best loop as a Bulldog of 5-under on three occasions, including the third round of the 2022 NCAA Championships. She posted her 18th par-or-better tally this season – including 10 scores in the 60s – and is a combined 30-under over 24 rounds. Bae began her day at No. 17 with a shotgun start and posted four consecutive birdies at Nos. 18-3 to move to 4-under through five holes. Additional birdies at No. 9, No. 12, No. 13 and No. 15 pushed her to 8-under on the day before a lone bogey at No. 16.
Georgia super senior Jo Hua Hung also was in action over the weekend, tying for 18th at the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship. Hung shot 1-over 289 in the 72-hole event at the Singapore Island Country Club.
Georgia will return to action in two weeks when the Bulldogs host the 51st annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the UGA Golf Course. The tournament will be contested on March 24-26 and also feature Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Charleston, Daytona State, Florida, Georgia Southern, Louisville, North Carolina, Purdue, San Diego State, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Virginia.