Monday September 10, 2012Gator Women's Golf Takes Over Top Spot at Cougar Classic, Hedberg and Lendl Top Individual Board
The No. 9 University of Florida women’s golf team did plenty of moving in the right direction on the second day of the Cougar Classic at the Yeamans Hall Club. After finishing round one in a tie for second in the team standings, the Gators shot 9-under combined on day two and now hold the team lead at 11-under (565), three strokes ahead of Southern Cal, which sits in second. UF, again, was dependent on senior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) and sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), who both shot under par for the second straight day. Hedberg had the best round of the day for Florida as she shot a 6-under, 66, three shots better than her round one score and is a new career low.
With one round to go, Florida also holds both top spots in the individual rankings as Hedberg took over the top spot at 9-under (135) with Lendl right behind her in second place at 7-under (137). Not to be outdone was senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines). After struggling to get to red numbers in the first round, Piccio vaulted herself into the Top 15 of the individual leaderboard with a 2-under, 70, in the second round. It was Piccio’s first under par round of the year and gave Florida three players under par for the day, helping pad its team lead to three strokes.
“Camilla had a great round today,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “She hit the ball well and gave herself a lot of looks at birdie. I’m proud of how our seniors have played thus far. They really have been great leaders this week.”
16 birdies were scattered throughout Hedberg, Lendl and Piccio’s rounds on Monday with seven coming from Hedberg’s round alone. After her stellar freshman campaign, the sophomore from Spain seems to have picked up right where she left off, scoring four birdies on the front nine with no bogeys. Hedberg did drop one shot at the par four 12th, but quickly made it up with birdies on No. 13 and No. 18 to finish at 66 for the day. The 6-under score marks a career best for Hedberg, who’s previous low round came in the same tournament last year when she shot 67 in the second round. She now sits alone at the top of the leaderboard at 9-under, two strokes better than her teammate, Lendl.
Trying to follow up her 67 from Sunday, Lendl didn’t go nearly as low on Monday, but still kept things in the red as she had two birdies on each nine and only two bogeys throughout the 18 holes to go 2-under, 70, and sit at 7-under for the tournament. It’s the second straight day under par for Lendl and places her in second in the individual rankings behind Hedberg with one round to play.
As for Piccio, she nearly had the best improvement from day one, going three shots lower for a 2-under, 70, which now puts her at 1-under (143) for the tournament. Starting on the 10th hole, Piccio kicked off the day with two straight birdies and then had two more before reaching the 16th hole. Unfortunately, the run didn’t last much longer as two straight bogeys on No. 16 and No. 17 brought her back to 2-under for the day. The senior only had one more bogey at the par three 3rd hole, but was able to make it up at No. 8 to finish at 2-under, her first round under par. Piccio nearly picked up 20 spots on the leaderboard and will be in a tie for 13th place as she begins the final round on Tuesday.
Rounding our the remaining Gators in the field, freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) improved by six shots from day one, the best improvement from any Gator so far in the tournament. Orehek had three birdies on the day and finished at 1-over for her round. She now sits in a tie for 82nd place at 8-over, 152. Finally, sophomore Anna Young (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) had two birdies en route to a 3-over for Monday’s round, two strokes better than Sunday. She is now also in a tie for 82nd place at 8-over, 152.
“We had great scoring conditions in the morning,” Bastel said. “We did a good job of taking advantage of that and then finished strong as the wind picked up in the afternoon.”
After the Gators in the team standings, Southern Cal sits in second at 8-under (568), while SEC counterpart, Vanderbilt is in third at 2-under (574). Virginia and Auburn round out the top five at even par (576) for the tournament.
Play will conclude tomorrow with the first groups teeing off at 8:50 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.
Team Scores After Round 1
Place School Score
1 Florida 565 (-11)
2 Southern Cal 568 (-8)
3 Vanderbilt 574 (-2)
T4 Virginia 576 (E)
T4 Auburn 576 (E)
T6 Duke 577 (+1)
T6 Georgia 577 (+1)
8 NC State 581 (+5)
9 Alabama 583 (+7)
10 Tennessee 584 (+8)
11 North Carolina 586 (+10)
12 UCF 588 (+12)
13 Penn State 589 (+13)
14 Ole Miss 592 (+16)
T15 College of Charleston 595 (+19)
T15 LSU 595 (+19)
17 Wisconsin 597 (+21)
18 Wake Forest 598 (+22)
T19 Miami 601 (+25)
T19 UNCG 601 (+25)
21 Maryland 604 (+28)
22 South Carolina 605 (+29)
23 Furman 607 (+31)
24 Charleston Southern 612 (+36)
Individual Top 10 Through Round 2
Place Player (School) Score
1 Camilla Hedberg (UF) 135 (-9)
2 Isabelle Lendl (UF) 137 (-7)
T3 Lindy Duncan (Duke) 139 (-5)
T3 Sophia Popov (USC) 139 (-5)
T5 Irina Gabasa (Vanderbilt) 140 (-4)
T5 Carolin Pinegger (UCF) 140 (-4)
T5 Manuela Carbajo Re (UGA) 140 (-4)
T5 Marta Sanz (Auburn) 140 (-4)
T5 Laura Wearn (Furman) 140 (-4)
T10 Casey Grice (North Carolina) 141 (-3)
T10 Lauren Stratton (Vanderbilt) 141 (-3)
Florida Results After Round 1
Place Players Score
1 Camilla Hedberg 69, 66 (135) (-9)
2 Isabelle Lendl 67, 70 (137) (-7)
T14 Mia Piccio 73, 70 (143) (-1)
T82 Anna Young 77, 75 (152) (+8)
T82 Ursa Orehek 79, 73 (152) (+8)