Martinez sinks birdie to beat Georgia


TUNICA, Miss. -- Auburn defeated Georgia in the second hole
of a playoff Sunday to win its fifth Southeastern Conference
women's golf championship.

The Bulldogs overtook Auburn during the final two holes, before
Auburn pulled even at the end of regulation to extend the
championship into what is believed to be the first team playoff in
tournament history.

Both teams finished three regulation rounds tied at 904, one
stroke better than third-place Arkansas, at the par-72, 6,281-yard
course at Tunica National Golf and Tennis Club.

LSU and Tennessee each finished at 906.

Auburn and Georgia were tied after the first playoff hole, but
Maria Martinez sank a 6-foot birdie putt on hole No. 2 to lift
Auburn to its second team title in three years. The Tigers also won
it in 2003.

Stacy Lewis of Arkansas tied the SEC tournament all-time low
round with a 67 Sunday, and claimed top individual honors with a
two-under-par 214 for the three-round event.

The tournament was held in Tunica for the first time, and was
played in Mississippi for the third time.