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Monday February 13, 2012No. 12 Gators Tied for Eighth After Round One of Northrop Grumman

Palos Verdes, Calif.

Mia Piccio

The No.12 University of Florida women’s golf team battled through round one of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge to post a score of 302 (+18). UF will enter round two tied for eighth-place and 10 strokes back of second-place in arguably the toughest fields at one of the most difficult courses, Palos Verdes Golf Club, in Palos Verdes, California. The Gators were led by senior Evan Jensen (Belleair, Fla.) and junior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines), who each carded a one-over 72.

“Evan, Camilla and Mia played a very tough stretch of holes very, very well. The team showed a lot of very promising things today,” head coach Jan Dowling  said. “We let some simple things stop our momentum on the back nine. We did the hard things really well and the simpler things, that we know we are good at, let us down.”

Jensen and Piccio, who are both tied for 11th individually, each made three birdies against four bogeys. Jensen shot even par on the front-nine while Piccio shot even par on the back nine. Jensen and Piccio entered the tournament sitting in the No. 4 and No. 2 spots in the lineup, respectively.

“I’m very impressed with Mia and Evan’s rounds. They showed a lot of enthusiasm and got tough and grinded out there,” Dowling said. “They hung tough and had great opportunities. They are becoming mature players.”

Freshman Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), who began on hole 10, started out hot, shooting even par on the back nine with one birdie against one bogey but struggled on the front recording five bogeys to give her a first round total of 76 (+5). Hedberg is tied for 35th after round one.

Junior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.), who shot a first round 82 (+11), and senior Andrea Watts (Bradenton, Fla.), who shot an initial round 84 (+13), rounded UF’s lineup on day one.

“The course is very tricky around the greens but we’ve got two seniors and two juniors who have played this event so we have some local knowledge,” Dowling said. “We just have to get into our routines and continue to show enthusiasm.”

No. 1 UCLA will take an eight-stroke lead over No. 14 Duke into the second round while Rachel Watton of Denver University captured the individual lead after day one of the Ohio State hosted tournament.

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Complete pre-tournament notes are available here

TEAM SCORES THROUGH ROUND 1

PLACE

SCHOOL

TO PAR

SCORE

1

UCLA

E

284

2

Duke

+8

292

3

Denver

+11

295

T4

Florida State

+12

296

T4

Ohio State

+12

296

6

Southern Cal

+13

297

7

Pepperdine

+16

300

T8

Arizona State

+18

302

T8

Michigan State

+18

302

T8

Florida

+18

302

11

Colorado

+19

303

12

Oregon

+20

304

T13

Wake Forest

+26

310

T13

Oklahoma

+26

310

15

UC Davis

+28

312

 

INDIVIDUAL TOP-10 THROUGH ROUND 1

PLACE

PLAYER

SCHOOL

TO PAR

SCORE

1

Rachel Watton

Denver

-4

67

2

Lindy Duncan

Duke

-2

69

T3

Susana Benavides

Ohio State

-1

70

T3

Alejandra Cangrejo

Duke

-1

70

T3

Lee Lopez

UCLA

-1

70

T3

Maria Salinas

Florida State

-1

70

T7

Alina Ching

Pepperdine

E

71

T7

Ani Gulugian

UCLA

E

71

T7

Malin Jansson

Florida State

E

71

T7

Tiffany Lua

UCLA

E

71

 

FLORIDA RESULTS AFTER ROUND 1

PLACE

PLAYER

TO PAR

SCORE

T11

Mia Piccio

1

72

T11

Evan Jensen

1

72

T35

Camilla Hedberg

5

76

T71

Isabelle Lendl

11

82

79

Andrea Watts

13

84

 

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