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Tuesday September 11, 2012No. 9 Gator Women Win Cougar Classic; Hedberg Wins First Overall Title

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The 9th ranked University of Florida women’s golf team was crowned Cougar Classic champions on Tuesday after finishing with a combined 12-under (852) after three days of play. Florida actually had one of its weaker days at the Yeamans Hall Club in the third and final round, but benefitted from its strong second round performance to hold on to a sizeable six stroke lead and keep the Duke Blue Devils (-6, 858) at bay. The win was also a great debut for new head coach Emily Bastel as this was her first tournament as the head Gator.

 

Sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain) won her first tournament as a Gator Tuesday, shooting her third straight round under par and finishing at 13-under (203). Hedberg was strong the entire day, going over par only one time at the par three 3rd hole and scattering five birdies to go 4-under for the day, her second-best round of the classic. Hedberg was also the only player in the field to shoot all three rounds in the 60s and finished four strokes ahead of second place finisher, Lindy Duncan of Duke, who was the 2011 Ping/NGCA National Player of the Year.

 

“Camilla (Hedberg) played another steady round today,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “She had to sleep on the lead last night and did a great job of handling her nerves today. I am excited for the great start to our season, especially at a tournament with such a great field. This is a great confidence builder for us.”

 

After Hedberg, the Gators were still represented well in the individual top ten leaderboard as seniors Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) and Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) both finished fifth and a tie for sixth, respectively. Lendl had her hardest day on the course Tuesday as she suffered five bogeys, but did earn two birdies at No. 5 and the 523-yard par five 9th hole, the longest hole on the course. The Connecticut native carded a 3-over for Tuesday’s round and ended up at 4-under (212) for the tournament. It’s Lendl’s best finish since the 2010 season when she tied for first at the Central District Invitational.

 

For Piccio, it was another solid round under par with six birdies to finish at 2-under (70) for the day. It was the second straight 70 round for the senior, who bounced back well from a 1-over performance on the first day to make up four strokes and finish one stroke out of the top five at 3-under (213). Piccio started her Tuesday round on the second hole and got things off to a good start with a birdie. A bogey at No. 4 dropped her back to even for the day, but then rattled off two more birdies before the turn at No. 7 and No. 9. A tough double bogey at the par three 13th was her only real blemish of the day as Piccio finished strong with birdies on three of her last five holes. The 213 total for Piccio was also new tournament low for her in her Gator career.

 

Freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) had a near identical round on Tuesday as she did on Monday with a 2-over (74) to go a combined 10-over (226) and finish in a tie for 65th. Sophomore Anna Young (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) had the toughest day on the course, carding a 10-over (82) for the third round and finishing at 18-over (234) for a 107th place finish.

 

“The course played much differently today,” Bastel said. “The wind was up from the first two days, but the team did a great job handling the conditions.”

 

In the team standings, Duke followed Florida in second place at 6-under (858) while Southern Cal finished in third at 1-under (863). Vanderbilt and Georgia both rounded out the top five with the Commodores combining for an even par score (864) in fourth place and the Bulldogs going 3-over (867) for fifth place.  On the individual board, the Gators were the only school with three players in the top ten. Vanderbilt placed two golfers in the top ten.

 

UF will get short rest before its next tournament at the Dale McNamara Invitational in Tulsa, Okla. The tournament will take place Sept. 17-18 at the Golf Club of Oklahoma and will be the team’s last tournament for the month of September.

 

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Final Team Scores- Cougar Classic

 

Place     School                                   Score

1              Florida                                   852 (-12)

2              Duke                                      858 (-6)

3              Southern Cal                        863 (-1)

4              Vanderbilt                             864 (E)

5              Georgia                                 867 (+3)

6              Auburn                                   870 (+6)

7              NC State                                871 (+7)

8              Alabama                               877 (+13)

T9           North Carolina                     878 (+14)

T9           Tennessee                            878 (+14)

11           Virginia                                  880 (+16)

12           Wisconsin                             882 (+18)

13           Penn State                            885 (+21)

T14         Ole Miss                                892 (+28)

T14         UCF                                        892 (+28)

16           South Carolina                     899 (+35)

17           Wake Forest                         900 (+36)

18           LSU                                        902 (+38)

T19         College of Charleston        906 (+42)

T19         Miami                                     906 (+42)

21           Maryland                               912 (+48)

22           UNCG                                    913 (+49)

23           Furman                                  919 (+55)

24           Charleston Southern          934 (+70)

 

 

Final Individual Top 10 – Cougar Classic

 

Place     Player (School)                                   Score

1              Camilla Hedberg (UF)                       203 (-13)

2              Lindy Duncan (Duke)                         207 (-9)

T3           Erica Popson (Tennessee)                211 (-5)

T3           Lauren Stratton (Vanderbilt)              211 (-5)

5              Isabelle Lendl (UF)                             212 (-4)

T6           Mia Piccio (UF)                                    213 (-3)

T6           Marta Sanz (Auburn)                          213 (-3)

T6           Kendall Martindale (Vanderbilt)       213 (-3)

T6           Christina Vosters (Penn St.)              213 (-3)

T10         Manuela Carbajo Re (Georgia)        214 (-2)

T10         Ashley Xiao (Duke)                             214 (-2)

 

 

Final Florida Results – Cougar Classic

 

Place     Players                                  Score

1              Camilla Hedberg                 69, 66, 68 (203) (-13)

5              Isabelle Lendl                      67, 70, 75 (212) (-4)

T6           Mia Piccio                             73, 70, 70 (213) (-3)

T65         Ursa Orehek                         79, 73, 74 (226) (+10)

107         Anna Young                          77, 75, 82 (234) (+18)

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