UGA's Burger, a Mill Creek grad, wins weekend tourney

Mill Creek grad Emilie Burger, a senior at UGA, won the Bryan National Collegiate tourney on Sunday.

Mill Creek grad Emilie Burger, a senior at UGA, won the Bryan National Collegiate tourney on Sunday.

BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. — Georgia senior Emilie Burger, a Mill Creek grad, played her final five holes at 4 under — including an eagle 2 —en route to capturing medalist honors at the Bryan National Collegiate on Sunday.

The 19th-ranked Bulldogs shot 293 in the final round and finished sixth in the 17-team field at 888.

With the shotgun start, Burger opened her day at No. 3 and was 1 over through her first 13 holes. She then birdied No. 16 and eagled No. 17, holing out from 125 yards.

"I just couldn't get anything going all day," Burger said. "On 15, I got frustrated. On 16, I hit it tight again and finally made a putt. On 17, I knew I had the perfect shot. It was a 9-iron and I'd been hitting it well all day. Everyone says 'go in' when they hit a good shot but you usually don't think it's really going in. I thought it had a chance. It skipped past the hole and tucked back in."

Burger birdied No. 1 to move to 3 under on the day and 5 under overall. After a par on No. 2, Burger learned she had slipped past Virginia's Brittany Altomare to win by one shot.

"When I birdied No.1 I figured I was kind of close but I really didn't want to know," said Burger, who shot 72, 70 and 69 in the tourney.

The victory was Burger's second of the 2012-13 season. In the fall, she claimed medalist honors at the Mason Rudolph Championship in September.

Burger's closing 69 was Georgia's low loop of the day. The Bulldogs also counted a 73 from Manuela Carbajo Ré, a 74 by Kailey Walsh and a 77 from Amira Alexander, while dropping a 79 by Rocio Sanchez Lobato.

Overall, Carbajo Ré tied for 13th at 220, and Alexander, Sanchez Lobato and Walsh all tied for 62nd at 232.

"We couldn't get anything going early (in the day)," UGA coach Josh Brewer said. "I kept waiting for someone to step up and Emilie certainly did. Manuela had a solid score today and Kailey put together her second straight good round after a slow start. I would like to be a little higher on the team leaderboard, but this is an NCAA Regional quality field."

No. 15 Virginia completed its wire-to-wire lead atop the team field at 5-over 869. No. 6 Arkansas was second at 873, followed by Wake Forest at 885, No. 7 Vanderbilt at 886, No. 5 Florida at 887, the Bulldogs at 888, No. 23 N.C. State at 892, South Carolina at 893, No. 2 Duke and Auburn both at 894 and No. 9 North Carolina at 897.

Georgia shot 12-over in the opening round but was 12-over over the final 36 holes.

"We played very well over the final 36 holes…just about as well as anyone," Brewer said. "It was the same was last week at LSU. We talked about that as a team. In four of the past six rounds, we've beaten a lot of very good teams. We just need to figure out how to get off to a better start."

The tournament served as Georgia's regular-season finale. The Bulldogs will next compete in the SEC Championships on April 19-21 at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.