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Friday September 14, 2007Women's Golf Anchored by Seniors in First Round of Mason Rudolph

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

The 13th-ranked Florida women’s golf team debuted the new season in impressive fashion, powering its way to the school’s best round in head coach Jill Briles-Hinton’s nine-year tenure with a 3-under par 285 in the opening frame at the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship Friday. The score equals Florida’s third-lowest round in team history, tying marks set at the 1998 NCAA Championships and the Ryder Championships in 1995. The Lady Gators are currently in fifth in the 17-team field and had three seniors finish with rounds under par.  

 

“It’s very exciting to see which direction the program is going and the confidence the administration has had in myself and the team,” Briles-Hinton said. “We left a lot out there today on the course and we’re going to be ready to go tomorrow.”

 

Two-time All-American Sandra Gal (Leichlingen, Germany) continued to establish herself among the nation’s elite, carding a 3-under par 69 to tie her personal best single-round total for the sixth time in her decorated career. Gal shot a 69 three times last season, the last coming at the Bryan National Collegiate where she tied for top honors. The 2007 co-SEC Scholar-Athlete of the year is tied for sixth.

 

Picking up right where she left off the last time she saw the links with a fourth-place finish at the SEC Championship, Whitney Myers (East Berlin, Pa.) fired a two-under par round of 70 to tie for 13th.

 

Eleanor Tucker (Wilson, N.C.) tied her career-best round with a one-under par 71. The senior set the tempo early, taking Florida’s first swing of the season and recording pars in her first four holes while scoring three birdies on the day. Tucker, in a tie for 17th with six others, shot a 71 at the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational last year and the 2006 Lady Buckeye Invitational.

 

True freshman Jessica Yadloczky (Casselberry, Fla.) and senior Tiffany Chudy (Miramar, Fla.) finished the day with a three-over par 75. Chudy closed out the first round with two birdies in the last three holes. Yadloczky made her Florida debut and was among four Lady Gators to birdie the 17th hole.

 

All-Americans are scattered atop the leaderboard with UCLA’s Tiffany Joh carrying a one-stroke margin with a 7-under par 65 over two-time national player of the year Amanda Blumenherst from Duke. Arizona State leads the event by one stroke over UCLA.

 

Action resumes tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. Live stats can be followed on www.golfstat.com.

 

Florida Results

T6- Sandra Gal – (69)

T13 - Whitney Myers – (70)

T17 - Eleanor Tucker – (71)

T57 - Tiffany Chudy – (75)

T57 - Jessica Yadloczky (75)

 

Team Standings

1 – Arizona State (280)

2 – UCLA (281)

3 – Arizona (283)

4 – Duke (284)

5 – Florida (285)

6 – Auburn (288)

7 – Kentucky (290)

T8 – USC (291)

T8 – Georgia (291)

T8 – Wake Forest (291)

11 – Oklahoma State (292)

T12 – Stanford (293)

T12 – LSU (293)

T14 – South Carolina (294)

T14 – Purdue (294)

16 – Ohio State (295)

17 – Vanderbilt (301)

 

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