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Friday May 25, 2012Gator Women's Golf Finishes 12th at NCAA Championship

Franklin, Tenn.

Isabelle Lendl

The No. 12 University of Florida women’s golf team finished 12th at the NCAA Championship after shooting a final round 10-over 298. UF, who finished with a 1190 (302-293-297-298, +38), has now recorded consecutive top-15 finishes at the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2006. Junior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) shot a six-under, 66, to pace the entire field on the final day at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

 

Twelfth is a solid finish, and I am very proud of this group of young women. The team came into the tournament hoping to do big things, and we didn't quite bring our A games all four days.” head coach Jan Dowling said. “The girls gained invaluable experience playing in their second national championship in a row and to be somewhat in the mix is a great experience. Posting good numbers on this tough of a golf course is an accomplishment.”

 

Lendl carded one eagle and five birdies against one bogey during the fourth and final round of the NCAA Championship. Lendl, who finished in a tie for 51st, shot a combined five-under in her final two rounds. Lendl’s 66 tied for the lowest round of the tournament.

 

“She is a wonderful example of persistence and hard work. I can’t be more proud of her playing the way she did the last two days, really, and particularly today. I just can’t be more proud of her being able to do that,” Dowling added. “She deserves all the credit. She works her butt off and we believe in her. You have to be doing a lot of really good things to shoot a 66. She should be very proud and I think this will catapult her into a great summer and a great senior year.”

 

Senior Andrea Watts (Bradenton, Fla.) closed out her final collegiate tournament with a three-over 75. Watts finished with a tournament total of 308 (76-77-80, +20) and tied for 98th. 

 

Freshman Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain) handed in a tournament total 206 (76-69-74-77,+8) and finished in a tie for 33rd while senior Evan Jensen (Belleair, Fla.) finished tied for 63rd with a 301 (74-73-74-80, +13) in her final collegiate event.

 

Junior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines), who tied for 98th, carded four-day total of 306 (76-74-76-80, +18).

 

“The seniors did a wonderful job this year. They both contributed in different ways. I think they can look back on their four years and can be very proud and they can look back on their senior year and be very proud,” said Dowling “They’ve done a lot for our program, they’ve been great role models and they’re leaving the team in a better place than where it started. I’m very happy for them and I wish them the best in their futures.”

 

No. 2 Alabama held on to the top spot with a tournament total of 1171 (+19). The Tide held off No. 4 USC by one strokes. Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma won individual medalist honors with a tournament total of 282 (69-73-70-70, -6).

 

The Gators finished this season with six top-five finishes this season, which is two more than last year and the most since the 2007-08 season. The 4th place finish at the SEC Championship and the T4th place finish at the NCAA Regional are the best finishes at those respective tournaments under Jan Dowling. It's the best finish for the Gators at those events since 2008 when UF won both the SEC and the Regional tournaments.

 

“This is a stepping stone to becoming a team that is consistently contending for national championships,” Dowling explained. “We finished twelfth while not playing our best and I think that’s a testament to the team and their hard work and we’re looking forward to next year already. Our players are building this into a great program and the future is bright.”

 

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Team Leaderboard

PLACE

SCHOOL

TO PAR

1

2

3

4

SCORE

1

Alabama

+19

286

285

306

294

1171

2

Southern Cal

+20

297

288

294

293

1172

3

LSU

+21

293

294

297

289

1173

4

Virginia

+23

288

294

301

292

1175

5

South Carolina

+24

302

281

300

293

1176

T6

Arizona State

+27

292

291

304

292

1179

T6

Oklahoma

+27

294

299

295

291

1179

8

UCLA

+29

292

290

306

293

1181

9

Purdue

+30

293

295

295

299

1182

10

North Carolina

+32

290

292

303

299

1184

11

Vanderbilt

+34

306

284

311

285

1186

12

FLORIDA

+38

302

293

297

298

1190

T13

Texas

+39

297

295

313

286

1191

T13

NC State

+39

299

294

305

293

1191

15

Duke

+40

289

302

301

300

1192

T16

Baylor

+41

299

304

300

290

1193

T16

Texas A&M

+41

301

298

300

294

1193

18

Colorado

+44

297

298

305

296

1196

19

Tennessee

+48

300

307

307

286

1200

20

Michigan State

+49

296

311

294

300

1201

21

Pepperdine

+52

306

293

304

301

1204

22

Ohio State

+59

303

307

305

296

1211

23

Arkansas

+62

303

301

309

301

1214

24

Stanford

+64

309

304

307

296

1216

 

Individual Top-10

T8

PLAYER

SCHOOL

TO PAR

1

2

3

4

SCORE

1

Chirapat Jao-Javanil

Oklahoma

-6

69

73

70

70

282

2

Brooke Pancake

Alabama

-2

68

70

75

73

286

T3

Laura Gonzalez

Purdue

-1

67

76

74

70

287

T3

Tessa Teachman

LSU

-1

69

74

70

74

287

5

Katie Burnett

South Carolina

E

74

67

74

73

288

T6

Lindy Duncan

Duke

+2

70

75

75

70

290

T6

Britany Marchand

NC State

+2

71

70

76

73

290

T8

Gabriella Dominguez

Texas Tech

+3

75

74

73

69

291

T8

Kimberly Kaufman

Texas Tech

+3

70

73

76

72

291

T8

Giulia Molinaro

Arizona State

+3

69

71

72

79

291

T8

Katherine Perry

North Carolina

+3

75

70

73

73

291

T8

Portland Rozen

Virginia

+3

66

75

74

75

291

 

Florida Results

PLACE

PLAYER

TO PAR

1

2

3

4

SCORE

T33

Camilla Hedberg

+8

76

69

74

77

296

T51

Isabelle Lendl

+11

82

78

73

66

299

T63

Evan Jensen

+13

74

73

74

80

301

T91

Mia Piccio

+18

76

74

76

80

306

T98

Andrea Watts

+20

76

77

80

75

308

 

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