College Women

Women's preview: No. 16 Georgia

Manuela Carbajo Re of Argentina raises her hands at No. 9 as her putt drops during the Round of 64. She defeated Thanya Pattamakijsakul of Thailand, 3&2.
Manuela Carbajo Re of Argentina raises her hands at No. 9 as her putt drops during the Round of 64. She defeated Thanya Pattamakijsakul of Thailand, 3&2. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Thursday, August 30, 2012

In preparation for the upcoming college season, Golfweek is breaking down the rosters of each of its preseason top 30 teams.

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No. 16 Georgia

2011-12 Golfweek rank: 12

Go-to girl: Emilie Burger

Season outlook: Even if Marta Silva Zamora didn’t have nearly the success during her senior season that she did two years ago (No. 17 in Golfweek’s rankings after being No. 1 and the consensus Player of the Year as a junior), she still leaves big shoes to fill for Georgia. In addition to Zamora's absence, the Bulldogs also will spend time adjusting to new head coach Josh Brewer, who replaced Kelley Hester.

The key returnee is senior Emilie Burger, who led Georgia in scoring last season and posted three top 10s. She can help ease the transition from the old guard to the new. Sophomore Rocio Sanchez Lobato will back up Burger after advancing to the NCAA Championship as an individual last spring, then reaching the final of the Ladies British Amateur, where she lost to Alabama's Stephanie Meadow. Burger and Sanchez Lobato also represented the U.S. at the World University Championships.

Other notable returnees include senior Abby Johnson and junior Amelia Hill, each of whom contributed in a handful of events last season. Georgia also brings in six freshmen, a class highlighed by Amira Alexander, Kailey Walsh and Manuela Carbajo Re.

If there’s not already enough motivation to succeed in Athens, there’s an added incentive: Georgia hosts the NCAA Championship this spring, and no team wants to miss its own party.