Thursday September 27, 2012Three Gators To Play In World Amateur Team Championships
Three Florida Gator women’s golfers will be taking part in the 2012 Women’s World Amateur Team Championships this week in Turkey. Sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) and junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Tukey) will all be participating in the prestigious tournament that will feature some of the best amateur golfers in the world. Hedberg will be competing for Spain, Orehek for Slovenia and Ulu will be part of Team Turkey, the host country.
“It is a great honor for Camilla, Ursa and Elcin to play in the World Amateur,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “Any time you can represent your country it is a huge honor. And to be considered one of the best three amateurs from your country is another great accomplishment. I know that each of the girls will represent their countries and the University of Florida very well. We are very proud of them.”
The honor of playing in the championships runs deep on the Florida roster as both Gator coaches were once participants as well. Bastel played for the United States in 2002, while assistant coach Janice Olivencia played for Puerto Rico in 2000 and 2004.
More than 53 countries will be represented in this year’s field with each country featuring three players. Each player will play 18 holes of stroke play over four rounds and the two lowest scores from each team will constitute the team score for that round. This year’s play will be conducted at the Gloria Golf Club (Old and New Course) in Antalya, Turkey. Play begins today and runs through Sunday.
Both Hedberg and Orehek are competing in their third competition of the school year, while Ulu is playing in her first official tournament since the semester began. Hedberg is coming off strong showings at the Cougar Classic and Dale McNamara Invitational, which included her first career individual win at the Cougar Classic.
Live scoring for the team championships can be seen at GolfStat.com.