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Saturday October 13, 2007Myers Finds Red Numbers as Women's Golf Takes the Lead in Knoxville

 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The sixth-ranked Florida women’s golf team vaulted to the top of the leaderboard after registering the best team score during second-round play at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Classic Saturday. The Lady Gators overcame a four stroke first-round deficit to Arkansas, firing a 288 to hold a five-shot advantage heading into Sunday’s final round over Purdue and the Razorbacks.

 

Two-time All-American and senior Sandra Gal (Leichlingen, Germany) fired another even round, carding a 71. Gal shot her seventh birdie of the tournament and would have found red numbers again if it wasn’t for a bogey on her final hole. Gal remains in the hunt for her third career medal, only two strokes off the pace set by Alabama’s Kathleen Ekey and sitting comfortably in second. Gal has posted rounds of even par or better in three rounds out of five attempts this season.

 

Senior Whitney Myers (East Berlin, Pa.) found red numbers with the team’s best score on the day, a 1-under par 70. Myers registered the team’s first eagle of the year on a par five on hole 11 while later tallying another birdie four holes later. Myers moved up to a tie for eighth place after beginning the day in 27th. Myers continues her strong season thus far and is primed for another top-10 finish after place fifth at the Wildcat Fall Invtiational.

 

Despite two bogeys on her last two holes, redshirt junior Ornella Jouven (La Ciotat, France) also helped herself in the standings by pulling up to a tie for 25th. Jouven improved her first-round tally by two shots and had four birdies on the day.

 

True freshman Jessica Yadloczky (Casselberry, Fla.) took a similar route and was one stroke from the pace of Jouven, scoring a 74. Unlike Jouven however, Yadloczky opened with two bogeys but battled back with a birdie and a rattled off a string of 12 consecutive pars.

 

Tiffany Chudy (Miramar, Fla.) finished with a 79 in second-round play after shooting a 71 in first-round action. Chudy fell victim to three double bogeys despite two birdies in her final nine holes.

 

Redshirt freshman Nicole Schachner (Libertyville, Ill.) was able to improve her first-round score by seven strokes and has a two-round total of 159 heading into tomorrow. Schachner is competing individually and appearing in her first tournament of the year.

 

Final-round action begins Sunday at 9 a.m. Live stats can be followed at www.golfstat.com.

 

 

Florida Scoring

T2 – Sandra Gal – (69-71—140)

T8 – Whitney Myers (73-70—143)

T25 – Ornella Jouven (75-73—148)

T32 – Jessica Yadloczky (75-74—149)

T45 – Tiffany Chudy (72-79—151)

T87 – Nicole Schachner (83-76—159)

 

Team Scoring

1 – Florida (289-288—577)

T2 – Purdue (291-291—582)

T2 – Arkansas (285-297—582)

4 – Denver (293-292—585)

T5 – Virginia (294-294—588)

T5 – Auburn (292-296—588)

7 – Alabama (288-301—589)

T8 – Kent State (296-297—593)

T8 – Ohio State (298-295—593)

T11 – LSU (295-299—594)

T11 – Tennessee (288-306—594)

13 – SMU (302-296—598)

14 – Furman (300-301—601)

15 – Swedish Jr. Nationals (304-298—602)

16 – North Carolina (305-299—604)

17 – Central Florida (306-301—607)

 

 

 

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