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Evan Jensen (Photo courtesy of Mark Selders)

Saturday May 12, 2012Gators Finish Tied for Fourth, Secure Bid to NCAA Championship

State College, Pa.

Evan Jensen (Photo courtesy of Mark Selders)

The No.12 University of Florida women’s golf team will advance to the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year after finishing in a tie for fourth at the NCAA East Regional in State College, Pa. The Gators posted a tournament total of 879 (294-297-288, +15) on their way to their best finish at a NCAA Regional tournament since 2008.

 

"Regionals are all about playing really solid golf, and that's exactly what we did. The team put themselves in a good position right from the beginning of the tournament and we were able to accomplish our goal,” head coach Jan Dowling said. “This course is sneaky tough. The rough was high off the fairways and around the greens and the putting surfaces got firm and fast as the weekend progressed. I'm most proud of my team for following our game plan and staying patient and committed.”

 

Senior Evan Jensen (Belleair, Fla.) led the charge for the Gators playing consistent golf all tournament and placing in a tie for eighth, the highest a Gator has finished at regionals since Tiffany Chudy placed in a tie for seventh in 2008. Jensen carded a 217 (72-74-71, +1) and recorded her third top-10 finish of the year. Jensen also finished with a team-best nine birdies.

 

“My seniors really lead our team this weekend, in particular today and the first round. Both Evan and Andrea got off to hot starts, which gave us momentum for the rest of the round,” Dowling explained. “Evan should be particularly proud. She has really battled an elbow injury for literally the past two years and hasn't been able to hit as many balls in practice that she would like. She really is a great competitor and a great leader for this team.”

 

Junior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) finished strong with a final round 71 (-1) to give her a 54-hole total of 220 (+4). Piccio, who led the team in pars with 39, finished tied for 14th.

 

“Mia got under par today and I know she feels like it’s been a long time coming. I'm really proud that she was able to get under par when it counts the most,” said Dowling

 

The Gators received solid final rounds from senior Andrea Watts (Bradenton, Fla.) and junior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.). Watts handed in an even par 72 on the final day while Lendl posted a two-over 74. Watts finished in a tie for 29th with a 222 (72-78-72, +6) and Lendl finished in a tie for 83rd with a 232 (81-77-74, +16). 

 

Freshman Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain) finished in a tie for 51st after posting a tournament total of 226 (76-71-79, +10).

  

No. 25 South Carolina placed first after holding the lead after the first two rounds. The Gamecocks posted a 873 (288-294-291, +9), five shots better than Texas and Texas A&M. Katerina Ruzickova of Texas A&M took home medalist honors after shooting a three under 213.

 

The Gators will travel to Franklin, Tenn. for the NCAA Championships May 22-25. The tournament is hosted by Vanderbilt University and will be played at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. The Gators placed in a tie for 10th at last year’s NCAA Championships.

 

“We are really excited about our opportunity to compete for a national championship next week in Nashville,” Dowling continued. “After our tenth place finish last year, we are hungry to get ourselves back in the mix, especially because we know we have grown as a team.”

  

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Team Leaderboard

PLACE

SCHOOL

TO PAR

ROUND 1

ROUND 2

ROUND 3

SCORE

1

South Carolina

+9

288

294

291

873

T2

Texas A&M

+14

296

296

286

878

T2

Texas

+14

296

300

282

878

T4

Alabama

+15

292

297

290

879

T4

FLORIDA

+15

294

297

288

879

T6

Arizona State

+23

303

298

286

887

T6

Michigan State

+23

300

304

283

887

T6

Duke

+23

302

293

292

887

9

Arizona 

+27

302

296

293

891

10

Campbell

+29

313

290

290

893

11

Oklahoma State

+32

299

308

289

896

12

Tulane

+39

298

305

300

903

13

Washington

+40

296

303

305

904

T14

UCF

+43

301

307

299

907

T14

Wake Forest

+43

304

304

299

907

16

Kent State

+44

306

301

301

908

17

Maryland

+50

303

307

304

914

18

Northwestern

+52

305

308

303

916

19

Chattanooga

+55

311

306

302

919

T20

Augusta State

+59

311

296

316

923

T20

San Diego State

+59

311

299

313

923

22

Jacksonville State

+63

314

304

309

927

23

Oral Roberts

+88

327

315

310

952

24

Long Island

+114

324

321

333

978

 

Individual Top-10

PLACE

PLAYER

SCHOOL

TO PAR

ROUND 1

ROUND 2

ROUND 3

SCORE

1

Katerina Ruzickova

Texas A&M

-3

67

73

73

213

2

Jennifer Kirby

Alabama

-1

71

74

70

215

T3

Katie Burnett

South Carolina

E

72

71

73

216

T3

Lindy Duncan

Duke

E

73

72

71

216

T3

Justine Lee

Arizona State

E

74

73

69

216

T3

Lindsey Solberg

Michigan State

E

74

75

67

216

T7

EVAN JENSEN

FLORIDA

+1

72

74

71

217

T7

Katelyn Sepmoree

Texas 

+1

74

74

69

217

T7

Kelsey Vines

Oklahoma State

+1

73

75

69

217

T10

Michelle Koh

Campbell

+2

78

69

71

218

T10

Margarita Ramos

Arizona  

+2

75

73

70

218

 

Florida Results

PLACE

PLAYER

TO PAR

ROUND 1

ROUND 2

ROUND 3

SCORE

T7

Evan Jensen

+2

72

74

71

217

T14

Mia Piccio

+3

74

75

71

220

T29

Andrea Watts

+5

72

78

72

222

T51

Camilla Hedberg

+6

76

71

79

226

T83

Isabelle Lendl

+14

81

77

74

232

 

 

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