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Thursday May 7, 2009W. Golf Tees Off At NCAA East Regional

Gainesville, Fla.

 

The University of Florida women’s golf team kicked off the 2009 NCAA East Regional on Thursday at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. The Lady Gators finished the first round in a tie for 14th place after carding a team total score of 305 (+25).

 

“I am very happy with Evan’s performance but I am shocked by the team scores,” said head coach Jill Briles-Hinton. “I thought everyone would do a lot better. But we can use today’s round to see our weaknesses. No one ever won a tournament in the first round, so we can rebound from this.”

 

“We have a young team,” noted Briles-Hinton. “The team just needs to use their mental game to their advantage but they haven’t. They have the talent, but they just need to focus on the mental game.”

 

Freshman Evan Jensen (Belleair, Fla.) led the Lady Gators with a one-over 71 in her first round. Jensen, competing in her first NCAA post-season event, shot well on the fairways, but could not find her rhythm on the green. She entered the turn at two-over, but rallied back to collect two birdies and one bogey on the back nine. She is currently in a tie for 14th.

 

“If Evan could have putted a little better, she would have shot a 62,” said Briles-Hinton.

 

Three Lady Gator golfers finished the day in a tie for 73rd after carding an eight-over 78. Freshman Andrea Watts (Bradenton, Fla.) and redshirt sophomore Lauren Uzelatz (Lakeland, Fla.) also made their NCAA post-season debut on Thursday. Watts had a rough start, making a bogey on her first hole and a double bogey on her second. She collected four consecutive pars, only to make a bogey on two of her final three holes on the front nine. She tallied three bogeys on her final nine holes. Similar to Watts, Uzelatz collected five bogeys and one double bogey for her final position in a tie for 73rd.

 

Nicole Schachner (Libertyville, Ill.) is one of two Lady Gators who was a contributing member of last season’s NCAA East Regional champion team. The redshirt sophomore is the third UF golfer to finish the first round in a tie for 73rd with an eight-over 78. She carded one birdie, nine pars, seven bogeys and a double bogey.

 

Jessica Yadloczky (Casselberry, Fla.) had an uncharacteristic day on the golf course, carding a nine-over 79 in her first round of competition. The sophomore, who is currently tied for 81st, entered the turn at one-over but struggled in her final five holes, collecting three bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey, respectively.

 

No. 12 seed East Carolina is currently atop the team leaderboard with a 283 (+3). The Pirates were led by Abby Bools and Ana Marie Puche, who are currently tied for first on the individual leaderboard with a 68 (-2).

 

For the second-consecutive day, the Lady Gators tee off alongside Tulane and East Carolina at 11:50 a.m. Admission is free and live scoring is available at www.GolfStat.com or www.GatorZone.com.

 

 

Team Results Through Round 1

Place

School

Score

1.

East Carolina

283 (+3)

2.

Alabama

284 (+4)

3.

Vanderbilt

286 (+6)

4.

Denver

287 (+7)

5.

Virginia

290 (+10)

6.

UNC

291 (+11)

T7.

Tulane

292 (+12)

T7.

Tennessee

292 (+12)

9.

Georgia

297 (+17)

10.

Duke

298 (+18)

11.

Coastal Carolina

301 (+21)

12.

College of Charleston

302 (+22)

13.

Auburn

304 (+24)

T14.

Florida

305 (+25)

T14.

Furman

305 (+25)

T16.

FSU

307 (+27)

T16.

Ole Miss

307 (+27)

18.

South Carolina

308 (+28)

T19.

UCF

309 (+29)

T19.

Stetson

309 (+29)

21.

Jackson State

324 (+44)

 

  Individual Top 10 Through Round 1

Place

Player (School)

Score

T1.

Abby Bools (East Carolina)

68 (-2)

T1.

Ana Marie Puche (East Carolina)

68 (-2)

T3.

Andrea Messer (Vanderbilt)

69 (-1)

T3.

Marina Alex (Vanderbilt)

69 (-1)

T3.

Nathalie Mansson (Tennessee)

69 (-1)

T3.

Katie Kempter (Denver)

69 (-1)

T3.

Camilla Lennarth (Alabama)

69 (-1)

T3.

Stephanie Sherlock (Denver)

69 (-1)

T3.

Catherine O’Donnell (North Carolina)

69 (-1)

T10.

4 players

70 (E)

  

  Florida Results After Round 1

Place

Player

Score

T14.

Evan Jensen

71 (+1)

T73.

Lauren Uzelatz

78 (+8)

T73.

Andrea Watts

78 (+8)

T73.

Nicole Schachner

78 (+8)

T81.

Jessica Yadloczky

79 (+9)

 

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