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Orlando, Fla. – The second-seeded Florida women’s golf team defeated Tennessee, 3-1-1, to take home third-place honors and close out the fall schedule at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship Tuesday. UF finished the tournament with a 3-1 record, defeating Louisville and Alabama in first and second-round action. No. 1 seed Duke toppled Georgia in the finals, 3-1-1.
Florida finished ahead of Tennessee the only time it faced the Lady Vols this season in stroke play at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Classic as the Lady Gators brought home first-place hardware.
“I think they did fantastic and it was a great way to close out the fall season,” head coach Jill Briles-Hinton said. “Sandra (Gal) was 3-under par and won 3 and 2 and Tiffany (Chudy) had a solid round and her scorecard indicated she was making pars and birdies. Brittany (Nelson) did very well and has been working through her injury and finished out strong. I’m very proud of her. Ornella (Jouven) had a tough match today and kept Tennessee’s No. 1 player to even.”
Senior Tiffany Chudy (Miramar, Fla.) maintained a lead on Rachel Ingram throughout their entire matchup. Chudy’s momentum ballooned and she ended the match on the 12th hole with a five-hole margin to win 5 and 4. Chudy finished the event with a 3-1 record.
Senior and two-time All-American Sandra Gal (Leichlingen, Germany) methodically worked her opponent, Ginny Brown, off the course with two holes remaining, defeating Brown 3 and 2. Gal and Brown were tied after the first three holes but the 12th-ranked Gal seized control of the match and added to her lead on the back nine.
Redshirt sophomore Brittany Nelson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) racked up her third win of the tournament, edging out Rebecca Watson 1 up. Nelson trailed after the first hole but gained quick control for the final 14 holes, earning an advantage that swelled to as much as three holes against Watson.
“It was a lot of fun to play in the top five the last couple of days,” Nelson said. “The first day I kept getting confidence. There’s a lot more emotions involved and you definitely need your teammates there to root you on because anything can happen in match play. It is more pressure as opposed to stroke play because you know where you stand with every shot against your opponent.”
Florida minimized the impact of Tennessee’s All-American Nicole Smith as a result of the play from redshirt junior Ornella Jouven (La Ciotat, France). Jouven halved her match against Smith, taking a late one-hole lead as Smith won the final hole to make things all square.
True freshman Jessica Yadloczky (Casselberry, Fla.) held a three-hole lead against Diana Cantu but Cantu was able to battle back and salvage the matchup to give the UT its lone win on the day.
The Lady Vols were without the services of All-American Marci Turner, while Florida was missing senior Whitney Myers (East Berlin, Pa.). Both are competing at the 312-player Duramed Futures Tour Qualifier this week.
Florida will have the winter break before gearing up for the spring season that opens with the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Feb. 11-13 in Palos Verdes, Calif.
“They need to continue to work out and understand that we might be the No. 1 ranked team in the SEC but we’ve lost to Alabama, Auburn, Georgia at some point during the year,” Briles-Hinton said. They need to understand that and work hard on their games during the break.”
An extensive fall recap, reviewing the team’s accomplishments during the fall campaign, will be posted on www.gatorzone.com later this week.
No. 2 Florida defeated No. 5 Tennessee
Tiffany Chudy (UF) def. Rachel Ingram, 5 and 4
Brittany Nelson (UF) def. Rebecca Watson, 1 up
Sandra Gal (UF) def. Ginny Brown, 3 and 2
Ornella Jouven (UF) halved vs. Nicole Smith
Diana Cantu def. Jessica Yadloczky (UF), 2 and 1