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Saturday May 9, 2009Women's Golf Concludes NCAA East Regional and 2008-09 Season

Gainesville, Fla.

 

The 2008-09 season came to an end for the University of Florida women’s golf team as the squad concluded the 2009 NCAA East Regional with a 16th place finish. The squad carded a 302 (+22) in their final round on Saturday, for a 54-hole tournament total of 908 (305-301-302, +68).

 

Being reigning NCAA East Regional champions and playing on their home course raised the expectations for the Lady Gators, but they could not find their way to the top of the leaderboard after struggling in the first round.

 

“The team had to shoot lights out today,” said head coach Jill Briles-Hinton. “They had it going on the front side, but couldn’t keep it up. I’m extremely disappointed in the outcome. I thought having home-court advantage would be big, but it ended up being a disadvantage.”

 

Evan Jensen (Belleair, Fla.) had the best finish among Lady Gators, finishing the event in a tie for 34th. The freshman shot a 222 (71-75-76, +12) in her first NCAA post-season event. She led the squad on two of the three days of competition. Fellow freshman Andrea Watts (Bradenton, Fla.) finished second among Lady Gators in a tie for 61st. Watts was one of two Lady Gators to shoot a 75 (+5) in the third and final round. She finished the tourney with a total score of 228 (78-75-75, +18).

 

Nicole Schachner (Libertyville, Ill.) matched her second-round score, carding a 76 on Saturday. Her final score of 230 (78-76-76, +20) was good for a tie for 72nd.

 

Jessica Yadloczky (Casselberry, Fla.) had her best round of the tournament on Saturday, carding a five-over 75. The sophomore tied for 76th after carding a total score of 232 (79-78-75, +22). Although Yadloczky uncharacteristically struggled in the final event of the season, she found the NCAA East Regional to be an important learning experience.

 

“I just put a lot of pressure on myself going into the event,” said Yadloczky.  “I’ve been pushing the team all season and I really wanted it this week. I learned the hard way that sometimes wanting it isn’t the right way to approach it, I needed to relax and just let it come.”

 

Redshirt sophomore Lauren Uzelatz (Lakeland, Fla.) rounded out the Lady Gators lineup in a tie for 92nd after scoring a final score of 239 (78-75-86, +29).

 

Denver had the best finish, carding an 862 (287-296-279, +22) to claim the NCAA East Regional title. Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Tulane, Duke, UNC and Georgia all join Denver to advance to the NCAA Championships in Owing Mills, Md. on May 19-22. Marina Alex of Vanderbilt and Stephanie Connelly of UCF are the two individuals that earned a bid to the NCAA tourney.

 

Team Results Through Round 3

Place

School

Score

1.

Denver

287-296-279—862 (+22)

2.

Alabama

284-291-291—866 (+26)

3.

Tennessee

292-293-288—873 (+33)

4.

Virginia

290-297-287—874 (+34)

5.

Tulane

292-296-288—876 (+36)

T6.

Duke

298-293-290—881 (+41)

T6.

UNC

291-303-287—881 (+41)

8.

Georgia

297-295-297—889 (+49)

9.

East Carolina

283-313-296—892 (+52)

10.

Auburn

304-294-295—893 (+53)

11.

Vanderbilt

286-299-309—894 (+54)

12.

South Carolina

308-290-299—897 (+57)

13.

Coastal Carolina

301-297-300—898 (+58)

14.

Furman

305-290-308—903 (+63)

15.

FSU

307-297-303—907 (+67)

16.

Florida

305-301-302—908 (+68)

T17.

UCF

309-302-298—909 (+69)

T17.

Ole Miss

307-293-309—909 (+69)

19.

Stetson

309-303-304—916 (+76)

20.

College of Charleston

302-310-312—924 (+84)

21.

Jackson State

324-336-331—991 (+151)

 

  Individual Top 10 Through Round 3

Place

Player (School)

Score

1.

Dawn Shockley (Denver)

73-70-66—209 (-1)

2.

Stephanie Connelly (UCF)

73-69-68—210 (E)

T3.

Camilla Lennarth (Alabama)

69-70-73—212 (+2)

T3.

Nathalie Mansson (Tennessee)

69-72-71—212 (+2)

T5.

Marina Alex (Vanderbilt)

69-72-73—214 (+4)

T5.

Katie Kempter (Denver)

69-77-68—214 (+4)

T5.

Brooke Pancake (Alabama)

70-72-73—215 (+5)

T8.

3 players

216 (+6)

  

  Florida Results After Round 3

Place

Player

Score

T34.

Evan Jensen

71-75-76—222 (+12)

T61.

Andrea Watts

78-75-75—228 (+18)

T72.

Nicole Schachner

78-76-76—230 (+20)

T76.

Jessica Yadloczky

79-78-75—232 (+22)

T92.

Lauren Uzelatz

78-75-86—239 (+29)

 

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