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Palos Verdes, Calif. – The sixth-ranked Florida women’s golf team shaved seven strokes from its first-day total during second-round action at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Tuesday at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Florida avoided costly errors to put itself within striking distance of leader USC by three strokes and shot a team total of 291.
The Lady Gators, who trail runner-up UCLA by one stroke, have considerable breathing room with a nine-stroke margin over fourth-place Arizona State. UF was able to count four scores toward the scorecard at two-over par or better.
“The girls played well today,” head coach Jill Briles-Hinton said. “Jessica (Yadloczky) played better than her score because she had a two-stroke penalty on the last hole. She knew the ball moved when she dropped it and she panicked but I’m proud that she said something about it. She was really 1-under par for the day. We’re playing very well on a difficult course.”
The back nine of the par-71, 5,912-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club again proved to be treacherous to several teams as the day began.
The Lady Gators’ efforts were highlighted by freshman Jessica Yadlockzy (Casselberry, Fla.) and senior Whitney Myers (East Berlin, Pa.). Both sit in the top 10 with Yadloczky tied for second and Myers moving up into a tie for eighth. The trio of Myers, senior Tiffany Chudy (Miramar, Fla.) and freshman Hannah Yun (Bradenton, Fla.) tallied two-over par 73’s to their credit.
It marked the second straight stellar round for Yadloczky as she cruised with back-to-back birdies on holes 14 and 15 after going even on the front nine. She was able to score a par on the final hole but was assessed a two-stroke penalty because of a dropped ball. Without the two-stroke penalty, she would have tied Pepperdine’s Taylore Karle for first place heading into the final round.
“I played very well and I had less putts than yesterday,” Yadloczky said. “I’ve just been thinking about plotting the golf course one shot at a time and looking at everything conceptually, looking at how little the golf ball is and compare it to the fairway. The greens were a little quicker because they accidentally watered them before (Monday’s) first round but I putted really well.”
Myers, playing in the Regional Challenge for the fourth consecutive year, endured an adventurous front nine with four birdies and four bogeys but kept her poise on the back nine and finished with a two-over par 73. She pulled off a birdie on the first hole, a feat that only five individuals accomplished on the first day.
“We’re doing really well,” Myers said. This is the strongest tournament we play in and we’re only three strokes off the lead. Jess has really stepped it up for us because I remember my first year and I didn’t do so hot. Our mentality is to do the same thing we did today. We just can’t give up because the back nine is really tough.”
Chudy and Yun both dropped off four strokes from their first-round scores and are tied for 22nd. Left-handed redshirt junior Ornella Jouven (La Ciotat, France) finished close behind at four-over par with a 75 and moved up from 65th to 43rd.
Redshirt sophomore Brittany Nelson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), competing as an individual, scored an 83, one stroke better than Monday’s first-round total.
The final round begins tomorrow morning at 8:15 a.m. with a shotgun start. Live scoring can be followed at www.golfstat.com.
1 – USC (298-288—586)
2 – UCLA (288-299—587)
3 – Florida (298-291—589)
4 – Arizona State (302-296—598)
5 – Texas A&M (304-298—602)
6 – Wake Forest (301-302—603)
7 – Pepperdine (298-306—604)
8 – Stanford (300-306—606)
9 – Oklahoma State (303-304—607)
10 – BYU (298-311—609)
11 – TCU (306-310—616)
12 – Arizona (308-309—617)
13 – Denver (316-303—619)
14 – Ohio State (309-315—624)
15 – Michigan State (312-315—627)
T2 – Jessica Yadloczky (71-72—143)
T8 – Whitney Myers (73-73—146)
T22 – Tiffany Chudy (77-73—150)
T22 – Hannah Yun (77-73—150)
T43 – Ornella Jouven (80-75—155)
81 – Brittany Nelson (84-83—167)*
*Competing as an individual