The Bulldogs were unable to win the other two matches. Stanford’s Aline Krauter beat freshman LoraLie Cowart 2 and 1, who fought back from being 3 down through 15, and Stanford’s Brooke Seay defeated Jo Hua Hung 3 and 2.
“We knew we had depth and it’s nice to see them all play well and put rounds on the boards for us,” he said. “To get to the final eight teams in the country and finish top five at a national championship, it’s a pretty good year.”
It’s the second consecutive year that the Bulldogs have gotten hot at the right time. Last season they won the Columbus Regional by 15 shots to reach the NCAA Championships and finished 18th. This spring they finished third at the Albuquerque Regional and were among the 24 teams that qualified.
“It’s been a special past 30 days with this team,” Brewer said. “We showed up at the right time, which is what you really want.”
Georgia finished eighth in the 72-hole stroke-play portion of the championships and reached match play for the first time since the format was changed in 2015.
The Bulldogs shot a 2-over 290 team score on the final day to best Arizona State by two shots and Southern Cal by three shots to clinch the final spot in match play. Bae, who shot 67 in the third round, and Mahe, who closed with a 68, tied for sixth overall at 1-over 289.
“I’m very proud of everyone on the team,” Don said. “It feels like not many people believed that we could make it this far. A lot of people here on this team believed we could go even farther. That’s why we are disappointed right now. But it’s also a good learning opportunity, and hopefully we’ll be back next year stronger and ready when the opportunity presents itself again and we can keep going.”