Tuesday September 18, 2012Lendl Wins First Outright Title At McNamara; 9th-Ranked Gators Finish In Second
Broken Arrow, Okla.
Broken Arrow, Okla.
Senior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) earned her first outright win of her career Tuesday afternoon at the Dale McNamara Invitational. Lendl had a two shot lead going into today’s final round ahead of Oklahoma State’s Jayde Panos and teammate Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain) and shot even par for the round to stay at 6-under for the tournament and finish with a 210 total. Her score was hree shots better than second-place finisher, Dani Ordonez of Arizona State. Lendl’s rounds of 71-67-72 were nothing short of consistent as it was her second round that was the game changer and her second 67 of the season. The 5-under score during Monday’s second session gave her the lead and momentum she needed to finish ahead of the competition on Tuesday and give the Gators two straight individual winners in their first two tournaments of the year
“I am extremely proud of Isabelle,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “She was disappointed with the way she finished last week, but was determined to not let this one get away. She handled her nerves extremely well down the stretch.”
As a team, the 9th-ranked Gators were trying for their second straight team win as well, but needed to make up four shots on Arizona State in the final round. Florida actually found themselves tied with the Sun Devils early on, but were not able to capitalize and overtake the team lead. However, UF never fell out of the top two spots all day and finished second to ASU with a 5-over score (869), only three shots behind the champions.
Birdies were hard to come by on day two as last week’s champion, Hedberg, was only able to card two red numbers on No. 2 and No. 5. Two double-bogeys and one bogey kept her score over par, but she was still able to finish in the top ten. Hedberg shot a 4-over (76) in the third round to combine for an even par tournament score of 216 and a tie for sixth finish.
Senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) had the best round of the day out of any Gator as she shot a 1-under (71), en route to a 3-over (219), 13th place finish for the tournament. The Philippines native had a slow start to her round with two bogeys through four holes, but she was able to settle in nicely and turn things in the right direction as she had three birdies on the day at No. 7, No. 16 and No. 17. It was the par threes that kept her scores low as she birdied two out of the four par threes on the course.
Rounding out the Gator lineup, sophomore Anna Young (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) had her best round as a Gator as she shot a 2-over (74) and finished 29th. Young had a season-best two birdies in back-to-back fashion at No. 9 and No. 10 and actually flirted with a round under par before bogeying her final two holes of the day. Nonetheless, Young was still able to improve on her tournament score from last week with a 225, nine shots better than last week. For freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia), she finished tied for 50th with a 16-over (232). Her final round 77 was her second-best of the tournament.
“We had some opportunities to pass ASU today that we didn’t capitalize on,” Bastel said. “But overall, I am pleased with the tournament and what we accomplished. We should take a lot of positives from this tournament and learn a lot as well.”
In the team standings, Arizona State finished at 2-over (866), followed by the Gators at 869. Oklahoma State finished the three round tournament at 11-over (875), with East Carolina and Coastal Carolina rounding out the top five at 17-over (881) and 22-over (886).
The Dale McNamara Invitational is the final tournament for the month of September for the Gators. They will be back on the course on Oct. 12-14 for the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C., hosted by the University of North Carolina.
Final Team Scores- Dale McNamara Invitational
Place School Score
1 Arizona State 866 (+2)
2 Florida 869 (+5)
3 Oklahoma St. 875 (+11)
4 East Carolina 881 (+17)
5 Coastal Carolina 886 (+22)
6 SMU 889 (+25)
7 Arkansas-Little Rock 896 (+32)
8 Kennesaw St. 897 (+33)
9 Tulsa 899 (+35)
10 Augusta St. 909 (+45)
11 Kansas 910 (+46)
12 UTSA 914 (+50)
13 Middle Tennessee 932 (+68)
14 Illinois 937 (+73)
15 Marshall 959 (+95)
Final Individual Top 10- Dale McNamara Invitational
Place Player (School) Score
1 Isabelle Lendl (UF) 210 (-6)
2 Dani Ordonez (Arizona St.) 213 (-3)
T3 Jayde Panos (Oklahoma St.) 214 (-2)
T3 Kelsey Vines (Oklahoma St.) 214 (-2)
5 Fabiola Arriaga (UTSA) 215 (-1)
T6 Laura Blanco (Arizona St.) 216 (E)
T6 Camilla Hedberg (UF) 216 (E)
T6 F. Gustafsson Spang (ECU) 216 (E)
9 Brittany Henderson (CCU) 217 (+1)
T10 Jennifer Park (SMU) 218 (+2)
T10 Kaew Preamchuen (Kennesaw St.)218 (+2)
T10 Antonia Von Wnuck (Tulsa) 218 (+2)
Final Florida Results- Dale McNamara Invitational
Place Player Score
1 Isabelle Lendl 210 (-6)
T6 Camilla Hedberg 216 (E)
13 Mia Piccio 219 (+3)
29 Anna Young 225 (+9)
T50 Ursa Orehek 232 (+16)