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Andrea Watts during first round action at the NCAA East Regional in State College, Pa. (Photo Courtesy of Mark Selders)

Thursday May 10, 2012Seniors Lead Gators to Third Place After Round One of NCAA East Regional

State College, Pa.

Andrea Watts during first round action at the NCAA East Regional in State College, Pa. (Photo Courtesy of Mark Selders)

The University of Florida women’s golf team finished the first round of the NCAA East Regional in third place with a six-over 294. The No. 12 Gators were led by their two seniors, Evan Jensen (Belleair, Fla.) and Andrea Watts (Bradenton, Fla.), who both shot even par during the first round at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa.

 

“We are very happy with our start to the tournament,” head coach Jan Dowling stated. “We actually thought the scores of the entire field were going to be pretty low all weekend, but the conditions were tough today with it being cold and windy. We played a very solid front nine, which was actually the back nine, turning at even par as a team. We weren't able to use that momentum as much as we would have liked going into our back nine. However, holes one through nine, our back nine, are similar to Florida’s course. They’re small greens and very much what you see is what you get. I'm positive we will figure it out as the tournament progresses.”   

 

“I really do want to finish up college golf with a good couple tournaments that I can walk away being proud of,” Said Watts. “A couple friends from back home said, ‘Hey Andrea, you know you’re a postseason player so go out and do what you do.’ So I just want to follow through with those expectations.”

 

“It’s good to get off to the right foot. We need to just keep playing our own game because at this stage you can kind of get ahead of yourself,” Jensen acknowledged.

 

Jensen and Watts, playing in their final postseason as Gators, will enter the second round sitting in a tie for sixth. Jensen handed in three birdies against three bogeys while Watts had two birdies and two bogeys. Jensen also hit 16-of-18 greens in the initial round.

 

“I am very happy that our seniors were able to lead us off today,” Said Dowling.  “Andrea really gutted out a 72 today. She struggled a bit off the tee, but was able to rely on her short game to shoot a good score. Evan also played a very solid round of golf.”

 

“I was a putting machine. My putts were going in left and right. The hole was like a big garbage can today,” Watts explained. “I was actually not hitting it well today. I think that’s a big step for me. Normally when I’m not hitting it well, I don’t play well but today I managed to recover, get out of trouble and make my putts that I needed to make.”

 

“I just played a steady round. Not too much bad and I was making a lot of pars,” said Jensen “The course played very fair and it was just a mediocre steady round, I guess. I had a couple birdies and I hit 16 greens.”

 

Junior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) carded a two-over 74. Piccio recorded two birdies, two bogeys and one double-bogey. Piccio is tied for 24th following the first 18 holes.

 

Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Year, finished with a first round 76 (+4). Hedberg, who is tied for 51st, had one birdie against five bogeys.

 

Junior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) added a nine-over 81 to round out UF’s lineup in the first round.

 

No. 25 South Carolina claimed the top spot on the leaderboard following round one. The Gamecocks shot an even par 288 and lead No. 2 Alabama by four strokes. Katerina Ruzickova of Texas A&M leads all individuals after carding a five-under 67.

 

Lendl will tee off first for the Gators in the second round at 12:56 p.m. ET. All UF members will tee off of hole No. 1.

 

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Team Leaderboard

PLACE

SCHOOL

TO PAR

SCORE

1

South Carolina

E

288

2

Alabama

+4

292

3

FLORIDA

+6

294

T4

Washington

+8

296

T4

Texas

+8

296

T4

Texas A&M

+8

296

7

Tulane

+10

298

8

Oklahoma State

+11

299

9

Michigan State

+12

300

10

UCF

+13

301

T11

Duke

+14

302

T11

Arizona

+14

302

T13

Maryland

+15

303

T13

Arizona State

+15

303

15

Wake Forest

+16

304

16

Northwestern

+17

305

17

Kent State

+18

306

T18

San Diego State

+23

311

T18

Augusta State

+23

311

T18

Chattanooga

+23

311

21

Campbell

+25

313

22

Jacksonville State

+26

314

23

Long Island

+36

324

24

Oral Roberts

+39

327

 

Individual Top-10

PLACE

PLAYER

SCHOOL

TO PAR

SCORE

1

Katerina Ruzickova

Texas A&M

-5

67

2

Juliet Vongphoumy

Maryland

-4

68

3

Justine Dreher

South Carolina

-2

70

T4

Kelli Bowers

Washington

-1

71

T4

Jennifer Kirby

Alabama

-1

71

T6

Katie Burnett

South Carolina

E

72

T6

Hannah Collier

Alabama

E

72

T6

Gemma Dryburgh

Tulane

E

72

T6

EVAN JENSEN

FLORIDA

E

72

T6

Maribel Lopez-Porras

Tulane

E

72

T6

Jayde Panos

Oklahoma State

E

72

T6

Monifa Sealy

UCF

E

72

T6

Kelly Shon

Princeton

E

72

T6

Nicole Vandermade

Texas 

E

72

T6

ANDREA WATTS

FLORIDA

E

72

T6

Jennifer Yang

Washington

E

72

 

Florida Results

PLACE

PLAYER

TO PAR

SCORE

T6

Evan Jensen

E

72

T6

Andrea Watts

E

72

T24

Mia Piccio

+2

74

T51

Camilla Hedberg

+4

76

T107

Isabelle Lendl

+9

81

 

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