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Friday March 30, 2012Gators in Fourth After Round One of Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic

Athens, Ga.

Evan Jensen

The 17th-ranked University of Florida women’s golf team shot a first round 286 (-2), good enough for fourth-place after day one of the 2012 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga. The Gators’ round of 286 is their best first round effort this spring by eight strokes.

 

“The team played a very solid round of golf. We have been talking a lot about course management throughout the past couple of weeks, and this course requires a lot of patience and discipline. The entire team executed very well all day, and as a result, we got under par,” said head coach Jan Dowling.

 

UF was led by freshman Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), who is tied for third after a first round 69 (-3). Hedberg, a two-time SEC Golfer of the Week in 2012, carded four birdies against only one bogey in the first 18 holes.

 

“This course requires solid approach shots, which fits right into Camilla's game. She had another very good round today, and I am excited for the next two days for her,” Dowling said.

 

Joining Hedberg with an under par round was senior Evan Jensen (Belleair, Fla.), who shot a one-under 71. Jensen, tied for 11th after the first round, handed in only one bogey during first round action. Jensen now has six rounds under par this season.

 

“Evan also had a very solid round of golf, keeping things simple,” Explained Dowling. “She was steady with her entire game, and is keeping her momentum from last week. Evan continues to be a solid rock for our team.” 

 

Junior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) and senior Andrea Watts (Bradenton, Fla.) both shot first round 73’s (+1) and both had two birdies against three bogeys. They will enter the second round in a tie for 25th.

 

“Andrea had a very good comeback, after being 3 over after 5 holes. She showed a lot of patience and confidence in herself,” Dowling said of the senior.

 

To round out the Gators’ lineup, Junior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) shot a five-over 77 after recording 13 pars and five bogeys. Lendl is tied for 61st entering the second round.

 

Second-ranked Alabama, who held the lead after the first round of the Gator Women’s Invitational two weeks ago, takes a six-stroke lead into the second round over host Georgia. Jennifer Kirby, who shot a six-under 66, of the Crimson Tide holds a two-stroke lead over teammate Brooke Pancake.

 

Tee times begin at 9 a.m. ET tomorrow at the UGA Golf Club.

 

For live scoring throughout the tournament visit golfstat.com.

 

Click here for complete pre-tournament notes.

 

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TEAM LEADERBOARD

PLACE

SCHOOL

TO PAR

SCORE

1

Alabama

-10

278

2

Georgia 

-4

284

3

South Carolina

-3

285

4

FLORIDA

-2

286

5

Viriginia

-1

287

T6

Kent State

+5

293

T6

Purdue

+5

293

T8

Florida State

+8

296

T8

Oklahoma

+8

296

T8

Michigan State

+8

296

11

Auburn

+9

297

12

Notre Dame

+13

301

13

Wake Forest

+14

302

14

Denver

+15

303

T15

Missouri

+17

305

T15

Arkansas

+17

305

17

Georgia (B)

+20

308

18

Augusta State

+23

311

 

INDIVIDUAL TOP-10

PLACE

PLAYER

SCHOOL

TO PAR

SCORE

1

Jennifer Kirby

Alabama

-6

66

2

Brooke Pancake

Alabama

-4

68

T3

Kiara Hayashida

Georgia (B)

-3

69

T3

CAMILLA HEDBERG

FLORIDA

-3

69

T3

Amanda Strang

South Carolina

-3

69

T6

Brittany Altomare

Virginia

-2

70

T6

Emilie Burger

Georgia

-2

70

T6

Katie Burnett

South Carolina

-2

70

T6

Laura Gonzales

Purdue

-2

70

T6

Marta Silva Zamora

Georgia 

-2

70

 

FLORIDA RESULTS

PLACE

PLAYER

TO PAR

SCORE

T3

Camilla Hedberg

-3

69

T11

Evan Jensen

-1

71

T25

Mia Piccio

+1

73

T25

Andrea Watts

+1

73

T61

Isabelle Lendl

+5

77

 

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