Athens, GA - The No. 7-ranked Georgia women's golf team will complete the four-event, fall portion of its 2010-11 campaign this weekend at the inaugural PAC 10-SEC Challenge at the Stanford University Golf Course on Friday-Sunday.
"This should be a great way to wrap up our fall," head coach Kelley Hester said. "Stanford has a great golf course and it should be a fun form of competition, with the conferences battling it out as well as the regular team competition."
The event will include every SEC and PAC 10 school other than Arizona State, a ledger that includes seven of the top-10 teams and five additional top-25 squads. LSU sits atop the current Golfstat rankings followed by No. 2 Southern Cal, No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Cal, No. 5 UCLA, the No. 7 Bulldogs and No. 10 Vanderbilt. The other top-25 schools are No. 12 Arkansas, No. 13 Arizona, No. 21 Tennessee, No. 24 Ole Miss and No. 25 Florida.
Georgia last competed a month ago when the Bulldogs tied for eighth at the Tar Heel Invitational. Marta Silva Zamora shot 9-under 207 and finished fourth to pace Georgia in Chapel Hill. The junior from Santiago de Compostela, Spain, is a combined 17-under in nine rounds of tournament play this fall.
"It has been a little bit of a layoff and we'll need to get back in
tournament mode, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem," Hester said. "Marta played in the World Amateur (during the break) but the others have been working on some things they needed to work on. A couple have focused on their swing and will put some different clubs into play."
Silva Zamora will occupy the No. 1 spot in the Bulldogs' lineup this weekend followed by junior Milena Savich, sophomore Emilie Burger, freshman Amelia Hill and sophomore Abby Johnson, who is making her debut in Georgia's playing five.
Johnson was a two-sport standout at Buford High School, posting a pair of top-5 individual finishes at the AA state golf championships and starting at shooting guard on a state championship basketball team. She played as an individual three times as a freshman last season, including a tie for 13th at the Eat-A-Peach Collegiate.
"Abby won the fifth spot," Hester said. "In the year and a half she's been
her at Georgia she's certainly made a lot of progress with her golf game. I think the sky is the limit with Abby. She needs to get some tournament experience under her belt and this is a great opportunity for her to go out and show us what she's got."
Johnson comes from an athletic family. Her father, Bill, played college
football at Northwestern Louisiana and is currently the defensive line coach for the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints. Abby's brother, Billy, is a back-up snapper for the Georgia football team.
Live scoring for the tournament will be available throughout the weekend at golfstat.com.