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Tuesday September 13, 2011Encouraging Start To The Season Lands Gators In Third; Hedberg Sets School Record

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Camilla Hedberg set a school record for lowest individual tournament total in her NCAA debut

University of Florida women’s golf team captures third-place while Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain) walks away with the lowest tournament total in school history at the 2011 Cougar Classic presented by Piggly Wiggly. Hedberg, who is golfing in her first NCAA tournament, finished tied for third-place individually with a final tournament score of 208 (71-67-70, -8). The Gators were consistent throughout the three-day tournament posting a final score of 856 (284-284-288, -8)

“We are starting to see what we can do as a team,” head coach Jan Dowling shared.  “Everyone has grown as players and people over the past year and we are out here to win. We gave ourselves a chance to win, and we would have liked to, but we are very happy about the way we started the season.”

Hedberg, once again, put the Gators in good position with a score of 70 (-2) in the final round. Her 208 tournament total edges out Jessica Yadloczky’s score of 209 at the 2009 UCF Challenge for tops in UF history.

“I’m very happy for Camilla to come out the way that she did,” Dowling admitted. “She put herself in contention to win in her first tournament. Finishing third is a great accomplishment but I have a feeling we will see more from Camilla. I’m very proud of her.”

Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines), a second-team All-SEC selection last spring, tied her low score for a tournament in Blue and Orange with a tournament total of 214 (71-72-71, -2). It also marks the second time in her UF career that she has shot under-par for an entire tournament. Piccio finished the tournament tied for 12th individually.

“Mia played a solid tournament.  She felt like she left a few out there, especially with her scoring clubs, and she could have done better but to shoot at or under par every day is impressive,” said Dowling

Evan Jensen (Belleair, Fla.) finished with a final round 76 (+4) giving her a tournament total of 219 (71-71-76, +3), her lowest total since the SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational last spring.

Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.), who played steady the entire tournament, carded a final round 75 (+3). She finishes 14-shots better than her 2010 Cougar Classic effort with a tournament total of 219 (71-73-75, +3). Lendl and Jensen both finished tied for 31st, overall.

Andrea Watts (Bradenton, Fla.) saved her best for last recording a final round 72 (E). She finishes with a tournament score of 229 (75-82-72, +13)

“We’re excited to get back out and compete again but we will practice hard the next few weeks and will prepare to put ourselves in contention again,” Dowling noted.

The 16th ranked Gators will take the course next on September 23-25 in Franklin, Tenn. for the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview. The competition will take place at the Legends Club, the site of the 2012 NCAA Championships, and will be hosted by Vanderbilt University.

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Complete tournament results will be posted to Gatorzone.com shortly.

Tournament Notes

·         856 is the second lowest team tournament total in UF history.

·         UF has opened the past two seasons with a top-three finish. Last season the Gators finished second in a shortened Labor Day Classic.

·         Hedberg’s second round 67 is tied for second in school history.

·         With the first outing of the year, also comes the first top-3 finish, a feat that was accomplished only twice last season.

Final Team Scores 

Place

School

1

2

3

Score

1

LSU

280

291

177

848 (-16)

2

North Carolina

285

282

286

853 (-11)

3

FLORIDA

284

284

288

856 (-8)

T4

North Carolina State

287

290

287

864 (E)

T4

Georgia

295

286

283

864 (E)

6

Vanderbilt

290

291

283

864 (E)

T7

Tennessee

289

292

286

867 (+3)

T7

Alabama

287

294

286

867 (+3)

T7

Duke

292

293

282

868 (+3)

10

South Carolina

307

283

279

869 (+5)

11

Mississippi

296

287

293

876 (+12)

12

Miami

302

303

292

897 (+33)

13

Furman

301

302

295

898 (+34)

14

Maryland

299

305

297

901 (+37)

15

Wake Forest

307

300

297

904 (+40)

16

College of Charleston

293

309

304

906(+42)

T17

Minnesota

305

301

305

911 (+47)

T17

Penn State

308

304

299

911 (+47)

19

UNCG

305

312

298

915 (+51)

20

Wisconsin

308

315

293

916 (+52)

21

Richmond

315

321

307

943 (+79)

22

Charleston Southern

320

323

316

959 (+95)

 

Final Individual Top 10

Place

Players (School)

1

2

3

Score

1

Austin Ernst (LSU)

67

69

67

203 (-13)

2

Erica Popson (Tennessee)

66

69

72

207 (-9)

T3

CAMILLA HEDBERG (FLORIDA)

71

67

70

208 (-8)

T3

Tessa Teachman (LSU)

67

72

69

208 (-8)

5

Jackie Chang (North Carolina)

71

69

70

210 (-6)

T6

Lindy Duncan (Duke)

74

69

68

211 (-5)

T6

Rocio Sanchez Lobato (Georgia)

73

67

71

211 (-5)

8

Casey Grice (North Carolina)

70

68

74

212 (-4)

T9

Marina Alex (Vanderbilt)

72

70

71

213 (-3)

T9

Laetitia Beck (Duke)

67

74

72

213 (-3)

T9

Katie Burnett (South Carolina)

73

66

74

213 (-3)

 

Final Florida Results

Place

Players

1

2

3

Score

T3

Camilla Hedberg

71

67

70

208 (-8)

T12

Mia Piccio

71

72

71

214 (-2)

T30

Evan Jensen

71

72

76

219 (+3)

T30

Isabelle Lendl

71

73

75

219 (+3)

T77

Andrea Watts

75

82

72

229 (+13)

 

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