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Sunday September 9, 2012Lendl Tied For Lead After First Round of Cougar Classic, UF Tied For Second

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On the backs of two under par rounds by senior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) and sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), the No. 9 University of Florida women’s golf team sits in a tie for second place after round one at the Cougar Classic with a combined team score of 2-under (286). Lendl actually holds a tie for the overall individual lead after the first day of play after carding a 5-under, 67. A single bogey was the only blemish on a round that included four birdies and an eagle amongst a tough field.

 

For Hedberg, her round was nearly as strong also as she only had one bogey on the par five, 4th hole and was able to counter that with four birdies in the round to finish with a 3-under, 69, her first sub-70 round of the year. The sophomore will join Lendl in the top five when the second round of the tournament begins on Monday. As a team, UF holed 11 birdies and Lendl was one of only three players to have an eagle in the first round.

 

“I’m very proud of the way Isabelle (Lendl) and Camilla (Hedberg) played,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “They have been working hard and it’s great to see their hard work pay off for them.”

 

Lendl had a very standard start to her day as she birdied No. 4 and bogeyed No. 8 to make the turn at even par, but the back nine was where she made her move. After birdieing the par four 10th and par three 13th, Lendl went even lower and holed out an eagle at No. 15. The back nine was capped with another birdie at the par five 18th, which was what put Lendl at the top of the individual leaderboard. The 67 was just one shot off her career best, which occurred in last year’s NCAA Championships.

 

Hedberg began her fall season the right way with a birdie on the very first hole, but a bogey at No. 4 brought her back even, midway through the front nine. She did rebound nicely with a birdie at the par three, 6th, to be in red numbers at the turn. Two more birdies were added to her score by the end of her round to finish at 69 and in a tie for third place individually. The sub-70 round for Hedberg is a much better start than what was seen a year ago in the very same tournament where Hedberg fired a 71 in the first round, but followed that with a 67 en route to a third place finish.

 

Rounding out the remaining Gators lineup, senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) is tied for 33rd with a 1-over, 73, and sophomore Anna Young (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada), making her first start as a Gator, had a rough start, but was able to finish strong with a 5-over, 77, good for a tie of 88th. Making her collegiate debut was freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia), who shot a 7-over, 79, to be tied for 108th going into the second round.

 

“The course played fairly straight forward although the wind picked up towards the middle of the round,” Bastel said. “The girls did a good job of staying patient. Tomorrow our goal is to be a bit more decisive, but to keep with the strategy of fairways and greens.”

 

No. 3 Southern Cal leads all teams after the first round of play with a 3-under, 285. No. 5 Duke and No. 12 Virginia join Florida in the second spot, while 11th-ranked Georgia rounds out the top five in the team leaderboard with a 1-under, 287. Out of the nine SEC teams competing in this weekend’s tournament, UF had the best score after the first day’s play.

 

Play will continue tomorrow with the first groups teeing off at 7:50 a.m. Live scoring as well as first round results are available on GolfStat.com and results will also be posted at CofCSports.com. A complete recap with results will be posted on GatorZone.com following the day’s play.

 

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Team Scores After Round 1

 

Place     School                                   Score

1              USC                                       285 (-3)

T2           Duke                                      286 (-2)

T2           Florida                                   286 (-2)

T2           Virginia                                  286 (-2)

5              Georgia                                 287 (-1)

6              Auburn                                   288 (E)

T7           Alabama                               289 (+1)

T7           Vanderbilt                             289 (+1)

9              NC State                                290 (+2)

10           Wisconsin                             292 (+4)

11           Penn State                            293 (+5)

12           UCF                                        294 (+6)

13           Tennessee                            296 (+8)

14           Wake Forest                         297 (+9)

T15         Ole Miss                                299 (+11)

T15         Charleston Southern          299 (+11)

T15         North Carolina                     299 (+11)

T18         Miami                                     300 (+12)

T18         College of Charleston        300 (+12)

T18         UNCG                                    300 (+12)

T21         Furman                                  303 (+15)

T21         LSU                                        303 (+15)

23           South Carolina                     306 (+18)

24           Maryland                               309 (+21)

 

 

Individual Top 10 Through Round 1

 

Place     Player (School)                                   Score

T1           Isabelle Lendl (UF)                             67 (-5)

T1           Marta Sanz (Auburn)                          67 (-5)

T3           Lindy Duncan (Duke)                         69 (-3)

T3           Irina Gabasa (Vanderbilt)                  69 (-3)

T3           Camilla Hedberg (UF)                       69 (3)

T3           Portland Rosen (Virginia)                  69 (-3)

T7           Emilie Burger (Georgia)                     70 (-2)

T7           Augusta James (NCSU)                    70 (-2)

T7           Jennifer Kirby (Alabama)                  70 (-2)

T7           Sophia Popov (USC)                          70 (-2)

T7           Manuela Carbajo Re (Georgia)        70 (-2)

T7           Lauren Stratton (Vanderbilt)              70 (-2)

 

 

Florida Results After Round 1

 

Place     Players                                  Score

T1           Isabelle Lendl                      67 (-5)

T3           Camilla Hedberg                 69 (-3)

T33         Mia Piccio                             73 (+1)

T88         Anna Young                          77 (+5)

T108       Ursa Orehek                         79 (+7)

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