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Isabelle Lendl finished -1 under in the first round of the Cougar Classic

Sunday September 11, 2011No. 16 Gators Claim Second Place Following First Round Of Cougar Classic; Four Gators Under Par

Hanahan, S.C.

Isabelle Lendl finished -1 under in the first round of the Cougar Classic

The No. 16 UF women’s golf team is in second place at the conclusion of the first round of the Cougar Classic. The Gators tallied a team score of 284 (-4) at the par-72, 6,205 yard Yeamans Hall Golf Club in Hanahan, S.C.

 

The Gators, who were fourth overall during last year’s Cougar Classic after the first round, are one of five teams to shoot under par during the first round. UF made 18 birdies and two eagles during the initial round

 

“Four rounds under par is great,” Florida Head Coach Jan Dowling said. “We had a lot of birdies out there, but at the same time, we feel like we left a little bit out there and could have finished better, minus Camilla.”

 

The Gators had four golfers finish at one-under, good enough for a tie for 13th place individually. Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines), Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.), Camilla Hedberg  (Sitges, Spain) and Evan Jensen (Belleair, Fla.) all shot 71 in round one of the Cougar Classic. Senior Andrea Watts (Bradenton, Fla.) finished with a three-over 75.

 

“It is encouraging to be sitting in second place and we all feel like we aren’t even close to our potential,” Dowling explained. “We have a lot of improvements and adjustments to make. The greens were a little different from our practice round so everybody had to make that adjustment today.”

Piccio, who’s best individual finish came at last year’s Cougar Classic (T-6th), made all of her five birdies on the back nine and three of those coming in a four-hole span. The junior, who tops the Florida lineup, recorded a two-over 38 on the front and a three-under 33 on the back.

 

Lendl made five birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey in the first round of her junior season. Lendl shot a one-under 35 on the front and a consistent 36 on the back nine.

 

Hedberg, who was making her UF debut , got off to slow start but finished strong. The freshman bogeyed four of her first seven holes but bounced back by making five birdies on her last 11 holes. Hedberg came into the tournament fourth in the lineup.

 

“Camilla had a great comeback,” Dowling said of her young contributor. “She may have been a little nervous this being her first college meet but she handled herself really well. After the first seven holes, she found her game and starting making adjustments.”

Jensen, who shot even at last year’s Cougar Classic, made two eagles in a three-hole span during Sunday’s round. The senior finished with two eagles, two birdies, and five bogeys. Jensen was two-under on par fives and one-under on par threes during her initial round.

 

Watts made two birdies and five bogeys during her first round as a senior. Watts shot a two-over 38 on the front nine and a one-over 37 on the back. Her birdies came on back-to-back holes on holes 15 and 16.

 

Tee times will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

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Team Scores After Round 1                                                   

Place

School

Score

1.

LSU

280 (-8)

2.

Florida

284 (-4)

3.

North Carolina

285 (-3)

T4.

Alabama

287 (-1)

T4.

North Carolina State

287 (-1)

6.

Tennessee

289 (+1)

7.

Vanderbilt

290 (+2)

8.

Duke

292 (+4)

9.

College of Charleston

293 (+5)

10.

Georgia

295 (+7)

11.

Mississippi

296 (+8)

12.

Maryland

299 (+11)

13.

Furman

301 (+13)

14.

Miami

302 (+14)

15.

Penn State

304 (+16)

T16.

UNCG

305 (+17)

T17.

Minnesota

305 (+17)

T18.

South Carolina

307 (+19)

T18.

Wake Forest

307 (+19)

20.

Wisconsin

308 (+20)

21.

Richmond

315 (+27)

22.          Charleston Southern          320 (+32)                             

 

Individual Top 10 Through Round 1

Place

Player (School)

Score

1.

Erica Popson (Tennessee)

66 (-6)

T2.

Laetitia Beck (Duke)

67 (-5)

T2.

Austin Ernst (LSU)

67 (-5)

T2.

Tessa Teachman (LSU)

67 (-5)

5.

Haley Sanders (Mississippi)

68 (-4)

T6.

Kathy Boehm (College of Charleston)

69 (-3)

T6.

Emilie Burger (Georgia)

69 (-3)

T6.

Jennifer Kirby (Alabama)

69 (-3)

T6.

Katherine Perry (North Carolina)

69 (-3)

T10.        Casey Grice (North Carolina)                            70 (-2)

T10.        Ana Mendez (North Carolina State                  70 (-2)  

T10.        Brooke Pancake (Alabama)                               70 (-2)  

               

Florida Results After Round 1

Place

Player

Score

T2.

Mia Piccio

71 (-1)

T16.

Isabelle Lendl

71 (-1)

T27.

Camilla Hedberg

71 (-1)

T38.

Evan Jensen

71 (-1)

T54.

Andrea Watts

75 (+3)

 

 

 

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