Sunday, April 19, 2009

Golf Team Wins SEC

Men's Golf

The No. 1-ranked Georgia men's golf team claimed another SEC Championship today at Frederica Golf Club, running away from the field to win by 13 strokes.

Playing under clear skies but steady wind, the Dawgs ended the tournament at 15-under-par 849, including a 2-under 286 in the final round. Arkansas closed with a 1-over 289 to finish at 2-under 862 for the tournament and claim runner-up honors. Florida's Billy Horschel claimed individual honors, closing with a 1-under 71 to finish at 10-under 206.

"That was enjoyable out there today," said Georgia coach Chris Haack. "We have had some really good teams the last two years and haven't been able to win the SEC Championship with them, which shows the strength of this conference. Getting out to a good start was key for us today, and allowed us to really enjoy this victory coming in."

The conference title is the 27th in Georgia's storied history. Haack has led the Bulldogs to six championships, with the last coming in 2006 at Sea Island Golf Club.

Women's Golf

Georgia freshman Marta Silva Zamora earned individual medalist honors at the 2009 SEC Championship at Cobblestone Park Golf Club today. She fired an even-par 71 in the final round to finish at 3-under 210 and secure a four-stroke victory. No. 14 Georgia placed sixth in the team competition.

With the win, Georgia has now produced eight SEC individual champions all time. That tally ties Florida for the most in conference history.

All told, the Bulldogs have captured a league-leading 19 titles in women's golf -- 11 team and eight individual crowns.

Silva Zamora joined Shauna Estes and Reilley Rankin to become the third Bulldog freshmen to secure the SEC title.


Brett Eibner tossed a complete-game one-hitter and struck out 12 as fifth-ranked Arkansas avoided the sweep with a 2-0 win over No. 1 Georgia Sunday at Foley Field.

Eibner and the Razorbacks (26-11, 11-6 SEC) handed the Bulldogs their first shutout loss since a 9-0 setback to Ole Miss on April 8, 2007. It was also the first time Georgia was one-hit since an 8-0 loss to Georgia Tech on April 20, 1994.

Despite the loss, the Bulldogs still have a two-game lead in the overall SEC standings.


The sixth-ranked Georgia softball team completed a three-game, Southeastern Conference series sweep of the Auburn Tigers with a 12-6 victory today at Jane B. Moore Field. The three-game sweep secured the Bulldogs a berth in the SEC Tournament.

Georgia improved to 33-8 overall and 14-6 in SEC play with the win while Auburn fell to 27-20 overall and 7-13 in league action.

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