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Gainesville, Fla. – The fifth-ranked Florida women’s golf team fired a team total of 283 and opened up a 13-stroke advantage during second-round action at the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course.
A day after setting the single-round school and tournament record, the Lady Gators posted a 3-over par collective score on Saturday, tying the previous school record before yesterday’s record-setting round of 280. Four UF individuals have position in the top five headlined by senior Tiffany Chudy (Miramar, Fla.).
“Yesterday was excellent and today was excellent,” head coach Jill Briles-Hinton said. “It’s difficult playing great, following it up and the team did a great job of that. We were able to tie another mark in school history and I’ve always told them how you practice determines how you play.”
Florida shined again in front of family and friends, overcoming heavy rainfall through the night that left the greens slow and players begging for extra inches on short putts.
The senior Chudy led another balanced UF outing, shooting an even par 70 to take the lead for individual honors. Chudy found red numbers with a season-low 69 on Friday before taking over the lead shortly after her first tee shot today.
”I played different from yesterday but was able to keep myself in contention,” Chudy said. “I had five birdies but I also made a couple more mistakes, not getting up and down on a couple holes. I’ll keep the same mentality tomorrow and try to go out and finish strong.
A double bogey on the third hole by first-day leader Sydney Crane from North Carolina gave Chudy the lead. Crane equaled the Lady Gator Invitational’s low score in the event’s 36-year history with a 4-under par 66 on Friday.
Freshman Hannah Yun (Bradenton, Fla.) started the day out with two birdies in her first three holes, a stark contrast from the four bogeys through the first 11 yesterday. Yun and Chudy carded two birdies each through their first three holes and she sits in sole possession of fifth place with a two-round score of 142.
“I had the exact same score as yesterday but got it in a different way,” said Yun. “I started out slow yesterday and finished strong and today I started out strong and finished slow. Tomorrow is a new day and I want to start and finish strong.”
The low round of the day went to senior Eleanor Tucker (Wilson, N.C.), who tied the school record and equaled her career-low round with a 3-under par 67. Tucker’s previous career-best score was a 71 set three times prior.
She is tied for 11th after beginning the day in 45th place, and registered 11-stroke differential compared to her first round 78. It marked the third time this year that a Lady Gator has fired a 67 (Whitney Myers, Wildcat Fall Invitational and Jessica Yadloczky, Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate).
Tied with Tucker is redshirt junior Ornella Jouven (La Ciotat, France) who had a season-best score of 72. Jouven equaled her season-best round of 73 on Friday previously shot at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Classic in the fall.
An exuberant Jessica Yadloczky (Casselberry, Fla.) tossed her putter in the air after draining a birdie putt to end her day in front of family, friends and teammates. The freshman finished with a 1-over par 71 on the day, carded five birdies on the back nine and is tied for second going into Sunday’s final round with senior Whitney Myers (East Berlin, Pa.).
Myers rebounded from an uncharacteristic start on the front with 2-under par effort on the back nine and mirrored Yadloczky’s score of 71. She was able to score three birdies after opening up the first seven holes at 4-over par.
Redshirt junior CJ Kim (Rowland Heights, Calif.) was able to drop four strokes off of her first-round tally, ending the day with a 75 and sitting in a tie for 39th competing as an individual. Redshirt Nicole Schachner (Libertyville, Ill.) duplicated her first-round score of 76 and is tied for 33rd.
For the second straight day, a player drained a hole-in-one. Kentucky’s Beth Felts found the cup off her tee shot on the par-3, 150-yard second hole. Georgia State’s Iilska Verwey recorded an ace on the 15th hole on Friday.
Final-round play begins tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The event is free to the public to attend. Due to the Five Points of Life Marathon, parts of SW 34th Street will be closed and an alternate route to the course is recommended. Live results will be posted on www.golfstat.com.
1 – Tiffany Chudy (69-70—139)
T2 – Whitney Myers (70-71—141)
T2 – Jessica Yadloczky (70-71—141)
5 – Hannah Yun (71-71—142)
T11 – Ornella Jouven (73-72—145)
T11 – Eleanor Tucker (78-67—145)*
T33 – Nicole Schachner (76-76—152)*
T39 – CJ Kim (79-75—154)*
T63 – Laura Erzisnisk (79-80—159)*
1 – Florida (280-283—563)
2 – Louisville (290-286—576)
3 – Ole Miss (293-292—585)
4 – Wake Forest (301-295—596)
5 – Georgia State (299-301—600)
6 – North Carolina (292-310—602)
7 – South Florida (306-302—608)
8 – Augusta State (305-305—610)
9 – Kentucky (313-298—611)
10 – UNC-Greensboro (312-301—613)
11 – Oregon (321-295—616)
12 – UT-Chattanooga (308-310—618)
T13 – Colorado (312-309—621)
T13 – FIU (310-311—621)
15 – Florida Atlantic (320-311—631)