Tuesday May 5, 2009UF Women's Golf To Host 2009 NCAA East Regional
The University of Florida women’s golf team is one of three schools to play host to the 2009 NCAA Regional. UF joins Arizona State and Ohio State as hosts to the three-day event which serves as a preliminary event for the 2009 NCAA Championships.
The Lady Gators welcome 20 teams and three individuals to compete in the tournament, which tees off on Thursday, May 7 and concludes on Saturday, May 9 at the par-70, 6,074-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course. A spot in the NCAA Championships is on the line, as the top eight teams from each regional site will move on to the main event on May 19-22 in Owing Mills, Md.
“I think it’s great that we will be hosting this event,” said head coach Jill Briles-Hinton. “The fact that we were selected speaks volumes about the direction that our program is headed and the support that we have from our administration. I am excited to play host to teams from around the country and for our team to showcase our skills.”
As the 2008 NCAA East Regional champion, Florida heads into the event looking to defend their crown. Sophomore Jessica Yadloczky (Casselberry, Fla.) has served as the team leader all season and will again lead the Lady Gators at the top of the lineup. Yadloczky, who was recently named to the All-SEC first team for the second-consecutive season, is one of only two Lady Gators who participated in last year’s regional. She leads the team with a 74.2 stroke average through 27 rounds of play this year.
Evan Jensen (Belleair, Fla.) is one of two freshmen in Florida’s lineup and one of three squad members making their first appearance at an NCAA post-season event. Jensen, who was named to the SEC All-Freshman team last week, has been a constant fixture in Florida’s lineup and currently boasts a 75.5 stroke average. Redshirt sophomore Lauren Uzelatz (Lakeland, Fla.) and freshman Andrea Watts (Bradenton, Fla.) will also be making their NCAA post-season debut this week.
Redshirt sophomore Nicole Schachner (Libertyville, Ill.) rounds out Florida’s lineup. Schachner was a member of UF’s 2008 East Regional lineup and competed for the Lady Gators in the National Championships as well.
The Lady Gators will face a competitive tournament field, as the six top-seeded teams are all featured in GolfWeek’s top-15 squads in the nation. Virginia is fifth, Auburn in seventh, Alabama is eighth, UNC is No. 12, Duke is 11th and Denver is 14th on the most recent poll.
The depth and competitiveness of the SEC is demonstrated in the NCAA East Regional field as eight squads, including the Lady Gators, from the SEC will be competing in Gainesville. The reigning-SEC champion Auburn Tigers will be at the East Regional, along with Alabama, who tied for 2nd at the SEC tourney, and Tennessee, who finished in fourth.
Admission to the three-day event is free. Visit the women’s golf page at www.GatorZone.com and look for the 2009 East Regional Championship Central page for updated information, results and live scoring.
Tournament Field (in order of seeding)
Virginia, Auburn, Alabama, North Carolina, Duke, Denver, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Tulane, Florida, East Carolina, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Furman, College of Charleston, FSU, UCF, Coastal Carolina, Stetson and Jackson State
Individuals: Susannah Aboff (Princeton), Julia Potter (Missouri) and Jessica Hollandsworth (Maryland)
Lady Gators Lineup
Name Class Average (Rounds)
Jessica Yadloczky So. 74.2 (27)
Evan Jensen Fr. 75.5 (27)
Lauren Uzelatz R-So. 79.5 (24)
Andrea Watts Fr. 76.7 (27)
Nicole Schachner R-So. 79.8 (15)