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Friday February 22, 2008Records Fall as No. 5 Women's Golf Takes Lead

Gainesville, Fla. – A wedge shot from 100 yards out on the last hole that put senior Whitney Myers (East Berlin, Pa.) inches from the pin capped a record-breaking performance by the fifth-ranked Florida women’s golf team Friday during the first round of the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational. UF posted a school record and Lady Gator Invitational low team-round total of 280 at the Mark Bostick Golf Course.

 

The score shattered the previous school record of 283 at the 1985 Ryder Championships and was two strokes better than 282 fired by Georgia in 1998 and Auburn in 1996 at the Lady Gator Invitational for the low event round total.

 

Senior Tiffany Chudy (Miramar, Fla.) is the top Florida player in the medalist race, tying for second and finding red numbers with a 1-under par 69, one stroke off her career low.

 

“Records are great,” head coach Jill Briles-Hinton said. “A 10-stroke lead isn’t very much considering it’s only two strokes per player. The competition is very good for the team and everyone came out ready to play.”

 

For Myers, the 52 degree wedge shot to score birdie on her final hole stamped an exclamation point on the day as three players finished at even par or better. Four Florida individuals stand in the top 10 of the player standings.  

 

“I played up and down all day,” Myers said. “I finished one-under (par) on the front nine but had three bogeys and two birdies on the back. I feel like today was a really good practice round. I was definitely able to feed off the crowd and am looking forward to coming out tomorrow.”

 

Chudy had a birdie on the front nine and the back nine, offsetting one bogey. She beat her previous low round of the season by three strokes and is in a second-place tie.

 

Freshman Jessica Yadloczky (Casselberry, Fla.) birdied her first two holes and started out the back nine with a birdie on the 10th hole. She is also tied with Myers for fourth after finishing even. Her round of even par marked the seventh time this year in 15 rounds she finished even or better.

 

“I thought I played really well,” Yadloczky said. “The wind picked up on the back nine and my iron play was kind of iffy. It feels good to be in the lead and we’ll definitely come out ready to go tomorrow.”

 

Freshman Hannah Yun (Bradenton, Fla.) is tied for sixth after firing a career-low round of 71 in her young career, overcoming four bogeys through her first 11 holes with three birdies to close out the day.

 

Redshirt junior Ornella Jouven (La Ciotat, France) opened her back nine with two birdies on her first three holes and is tied for 15th through first-round action. Redshirt sophomore Nicole Schachner (Libertyville, Ill.) led a group of Lady Gators competing as individuals, tallying a first-round score of 76 and is tied for 27th.

 

It took the Lady Gators a little bit to get warmed up, taking a four-stroke lead over Louisville heading into the back nine. UF outdistanced the 15-team field with a 1-over par collective effort on the back nine to take a 10-shot lead heading into the clubhouse.

 

North Carolina’s Sydney Crane tied the low single-round record with a 4-under par 66 effort. Crane tied Julie Boros (Georgia, 1998) and Kelly Lagedrost (USF, 1998) for the lowest round at the Lady Gator Invitational.

 

Second-round action resumes tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. with a fixed tee-time start. The tournament is open to the public and free to attend. Live stats are also available at www.golfstat.com.

 

Team Scoring

1 – Florida (280)

2 – Louisville (290)

3 – North Carolina (292)

4 – Ole Miss (293)

5 – Georgia State (299)

6 – Wake Forest (301)

7 – Augusta State (305)

8 – South Florida (306)

9 – UT-Chattanooga (308)

10 – FIU (310)

T11 – UNC-Greensboro (312)

T11 – Colorado (312)

13 – Kentucky (313)

14 – Florida Atlantic (320)

15 – Oregon (321)

 

Florida Scoring

T2 – Tiffany Chudy (69)

T4 – Whitney Myers (70)

T4 – Jessica Yadloczky (70)

T6 – Hannah Yun (71)

T15 – Ornella Jouven (73)

T27 – Nicole Schachner (76)*

T45 – Eleanor Tucker (78)*

T48 – C.J. Kim (79)*

T48 – Laura Erzisnisk (79)*

Brittany Nelson – WD*

*Competing as an individual

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