Originally created 05/26/01

Georgia women rally for title



HOWEY IN THE HILLS, Fla. - Georgia rallied to win its first team title, and Duke's Candy Hanneman beat Arizona's Lorena Ochoa in a playoff in the NCAA women's tournament Friday.

Georgia, which began the round four strokes behind Duke, beat the Blue Devils by three strokes with a 24-over 1,176 total.

Texas finished third at 39 over.

Reilley Rankin was the top Georgia player, shooting a 77 to tie for 10th at 4-over 292. Teammates Angela Jerman and Laura Henderson of Canada closed with 73s to tie for 13th at 294, and Summer Sirmons (72) tied for 18th at 298.

"I don't know how they did it, because I was churning inside," said Georgia coach Todd McCorkle, who led Arizona to the team title last season.

Hanneman, a junior from Brazil, won with a 7-foot par putt on the first extra hole. Hanneman and Ochoa, from Mexico, shot 3-under 69s for 3-under 285 totals on Mission Inn's El Campeon Course.

Southern California's Candie Kung of Taiwan and LSU's Katy Harris tied for third at 287. Kung shot a 70, and Harris, the third-round leader, had a 75.