Georgia team wins national title

FORT WAYNE, Ind. --- Team Georgia, which included Augusta's Laura Coble, completed a wire-to-wire victory in the U.S. Golf Association's Women's State Team Championship on Thursday.


Georgia won by nine shots over Alabama after a final round of 5-under-par 139. The format of the tournament had the three-women teams counting the two low scores each day.

Georgia was led by former Ole Miss golfer Dori Carter, of Valdosta.

Carter, 22, closed with 69 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club and finished as the medalist in the 54-hole event at 2-under 214. She opened with 69-76. South Carolina's Dawn Woodard finished as the runner-up, two shots back.

The other Georgia counter Thursday was 15-year-old Mariah Stackhouse, of Riverdale. Stackhouse, a sophomore in high school, had 70 and tied for sixth place overall at 222. She opened with 74-78.

The 45-year-old Coble, who also was on the victorious 2005 Georgia team, closed with 75 and finished 11th at 227. She had 74-78 in the first two rounds.

LPGA TOUR: In Priddis, Alberta Anna Rawson shot a course-record 7-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen in the Canadian Women's Open.

Rawson, the 28-year-old Australian who has missed nine cuts in 13 starts this year, had nine birdies and two bogeys to break Dawn Coe-Jones' course mark by a shot.

Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, the 2007 winner at Royal Mayfair in Edmonton, was two strokes back along with Amanda Blum-enherst.

Michelle Wie opened with 76.

Rawson, a part-time model, confessed that she recently considered quitting golf, something she even withheld from her sports psychologist, Kevin Sverduk, for a month.

"I think this year has just been terrible mentally," Rawson said. "Like I've just had the worst head that you could ever imagine.

"I don't even want to tell you what's been going through my head -- it's that bad. I thought about everything that I shouldn't. I really haven't hit the ball that bad. I just haven't been here. I haven't been enjoying it."

NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Leon, Mexico, David Robinson is three shots off the lead in the Mexico Open, which was suspended by darkness.

Robinson, of Sandersville, Ga., shot 1-under 71 and trails Garth Mulroy, who had 68. D.J. Brigman is 4-under through 16 holes, as is Adam Bland, who played 14.

Aiken native Matt Hendrix is 3-over through 12 holes.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland, Australia's Brett Rumford birdied the last four holes for 28 on the back nine, finishing with 9-under 62 for the first-round lead at the European Masters.

Rumford, the 2007 champ, was a stroke ahead of Simon Dyson, the Dutch Open winner two weeks ago who had 63. At 65 were Miguel Angel Jimenez, Andres Romero, Christian Nilsson, Thongchai Jaidee, Alexander Noren and Danny Willett.

Former Augusta State golfers Oliver Wilson and Gary Murphy both shot 70.

Trevor Immelman, the 2008 Masters Tournament champion who is coming back from a wrist injury, had 74.



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