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Sunday February 26, 2012Gators Tied for Seventh After First Round of Allstate Sugar Bowl; Watts Tied for Sixth

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Andrea Watts

The University of Florida women’s golf team completed first round play at the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship in a tie for seventh. The Gators, who shot a team total of 300 (+12), were led by senior Andrea Watts (Bradenton, Fla.), who finished the first day tied for sixth after tying her season-best with a first round 72 (E).  

“As a team, the most important thing we focused on the past few weeks was course management, and if you look at our team score card, we didn’t have a single double-bogey or worse, which is a huge sign for me that we’re going in the right direction,” head coach Jan Dowling said.

Watts made one birdie and one bogey on each the front-nine and the back-nine to finish with a 72 for the third time this season.

“Andrea Watts really scored her golf ball today,” said Dowling “She didn’t hit the ball that great and managed to shoot even par. Today was huge for her confidence.”

Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) recorded one birdie against three bogeys to card a first round 74 (+2). Piccio’s finished strong going one-under on her final four holes. Piccio will enter the second round tied for 14th.

Senior Evan Jensen (Belleair, Fla.) and reigning SEC Golfer of the Week, freshman Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), both shot five-over in the first round. Jensen made one birdie against six bogeys while Hedberg carded two birdies against seven bogeys.

Junior Megan Pak (Bradenton, Fla.) cracked the lineup for the first time this season and shot a seven-over 79.

“We need to do more of the same as far as course management and keep staying positive and capitalize on our birdie opportunities,” Dowling said “It’s a wide open field and there’s a lot that can still happen.”

Southern California takes the lead into the second round with a team score of 293 (+5) but the top-12 teams are separated by only eight strokes. Cali Hipp from Oregon captured the lead after the first round with a three-under 69.

Tee times begin at 8 a.m. ET off of holes one and ten at the English Turn Golf and Country Club. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com throughout the tournament.

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FIRST ROUND TEAM SCORES

PLACE

SCHOOL

TO PAR

SCORE

1

Southern Cal

+5

293

2

Oregon

+6

294

3

Duke

+7

295

T4

Colorado

+9

297

T4

Baylor

+9

297

6

Tulsa

+11

299

T7

Texas A&M

+12

300

T7

Auburn

+12

300

T7

FLORIDA

+12

300

T10

Alabama

+13

301

T10

Florida State

+13

301

T10

Tulane

+13

301

13

Kennesaw State

+20

308

14

Mississippi

+22

310

15

East Carolina

+25

313

 

FIRST ROUND INDIVIDUAL TOP-10

PLACE

PLAYER

SCHOOL

TO PAR

SCORE

1

Cali Hipp

Oregon

-3

69

T2

Marita Engzelius

Tulsa

-1

71

T2

Cassy Isagawa

Oregon

-1

71

T2

Lisa McCloskey

Southern Cal

-1

71

T2

Alex Stewart

Colorado

-1

71

T6

Doris Chen

Southern Cal

E

72

T6

Chelsey Cothran

Baylor

E

72

T6

Hayley Davis

Baylor

E

72

T6

Andrea Watts

Florida 

E

72

T10

Lindy Duncan

Duke

+1

73

T10

Natalie Gleadall

Mississippi

+1

73

T10

Malin Jansson

Florida State

+1

73

T10

Jennifer Kirby

Alabama

+1

73

 

FIRST ROUND FLORIDA RESULTS

PLACE

PLAYER

TO PAR

SCORE

T6

Andrea Watts

E

72

T14

Mia Piccio

+2

74

T45

Camilla Hedberg

+5

77

T45

Evan Jensen

+5

77

T61

Megan Pak

+7

79

 

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