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Camilla Hedberg and Mia Piccio

Friday May 4, 2012Hedberg Selected SEC Freshman of the Year; Piccio, Hedberg Named Second Team All-SEC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.

Camilla Hedberg and Mia Piccio

University of Florida women’s golfers, Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain) and Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) were recognized by the Southeastern Conference Friday, earning Second Team All-SEC honors for their performances during the 2011-12 season. Along with Second Team honors, Hedberg was also named the SEC Freshman of the Year and placed on the SEC All-Freshman Team.

 

“It’s an honor to be placed on any SEC Team, because of how competitive our conference is,” head coach Jan Dowling said. “Both Mia and Camilla have been consistent scoring leaders for our team, and I’m very proud of their recognition.”

 

Hedberg becomes the seventh golfer in UF women’s golf history to be named the conference’s Freshman of the Year. Hedberg and Piccio’s selections mark the 11th consecutive year that Florida has been represented on the SEC’s First or Second Team. 2008 marks the last time at least two Gators were selected to the SEC’s First or Second Team.

 

“Camilla is certainly deserving of the SEC Freshmen of the Year award,” Dowling explained “She has had a heck of a season so far, with four top-10 finishes, including the last three tournaments we have played. I am very proud of her, and she should look back on this season with great pride, against a great freshmen class in the SEC.” 

 

Hedberg, named SEC Golfer of the Week twice during the 2012 campaign, leads the team in stroke average with 73.25. The Spaniard has recorded three under par tournaments this year. She has finished in the top-10 in three consecutive tournaments, including tying for second place at the Gator Women’s Invitational. Hedberg also leads the team in birdies with 79.

 

Piccio, who gained All-SEC Second Team honors for the second consecutive season, leads the team in rounds counted (25.5-of-27) and pars (310). She has five top-25 finishes this season, highlighted by finishing in a tie for seventh at the SEC/PAC-12 Challenge.

 

No. 14 Florida will head to State College, Pa. to compete in the NCAA East Regional from May 10-12. The Gators are attempting to advance to the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year and the 23rd time in school history. The top eight teams in the 24-team field and two individuals not on those eight teams will progress.

 

Click here to see an all-time list of Gator women’s golfers who garnered national and SEC honors

 

2012 SEC Women’s Golf All-SEC Teams

 

CO-COACH OF THE YEAR

Mic Potter, Alabama   

Kim Evans, Auburn

 

GOLFER OF THE YEAR

Marina Alex, Vanderbilt

 

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Brooke Pancake, Alabama

 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Camilla Hedberg, Florida                                                                                        

 

ALL-SEC TEAMS

First Team All-SEC

Patricia Sanz, Auburn (SEC Championship Medalist)          

Lauren Stratton, Vanderbilt                                                                                                            

Emily Tubert, Arkansas                                                                                           

Jennifer Kirby, Alabama                                                                                         

Brooke Pancake, Alabama                                                                                     

Marina Alex, Vanderbilt                                                                                         

Stephanie Meadow, Alabama                                                                              

Emile Burger, Georgia                                                                                             

Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia      

               

Second Team All-SEC

Katie Burnett, South Carolina                                                                                                      

Camilla Hedberg, Florida                                                                                       

Marta Sanz, Auburn                                                                                                                                      

Tessa Teachman, LSU                                                                                               

Mia Piccio, Florida                                                                                                     

Austin Ernst, LSU                                                                                       

Madeline Sagstrom, LSU                                                                                         

Victoria Trapani, Auburn             

 

All-Freshman Team

Camilla Hedberg, Florida                                                                                       

Madeline Sagstrom, LSU                                                                                         

Victoria Trapani, Auburn                                                                                        

Ally McDonald, Mississippi State                                                                        

Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia                                                                            

Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt                                                                          

A.J. Newell, Tennessee                                                                                          

Justine Dreher, South Carolina 

 

 

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