Monday October 1, 2012Hedberg Finishes Tied for Second Overall at World Amateur Team Championships
Sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain) continued her blazing start to the fall season over the weekend as she finished tied for second in the individual rankings at the World Amateur Team Championships and helped her home country of Spain to a tie for fifth in the team standings also at 8-under.
Hedberg played consistently all weekend as all four of her rounds were either at even or under par. She saved her best for the last round as she holed out five birdies and only had one bogey en route to a 4-under, 68. Her rounds of 70, 72, 70 and 68 (8-under for the tournament) kept her near the top of the leaderboard all weekend, but New Zealander, Lydia Ko finished at the top after three rounds in the 60s which allowed her to finish six shots (-14) ahead of Hedberg.
Junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) also had a strong showing in the championship as she finished tied for 48th as a member of the host country, Turkey. Ulu had a slow start in her first two rounds, turning in scores of 76 and 75, but she was able to turn it around during the weekend’s final rounds as she shot a 71 on the third day and a 73 on the final day.
With Saturday being her best outing, Ulu started the day fast with four birdies and no over par scores before the turn. The back nine wasn’t nearly as kind as one bogey and a double-bogey with the rest of the holes being pars were all the Ulu could muster. However, the round was still good enough to keep her score in the red numbers (-1) as it was her only round under par for the tournament. As a team, Turkey finished tied for 36th at 29-over.
Freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) was the final Gator in the field for the tournament as she finished tied for 87th as a representative for Slovenia. Like Ulu, Orehek had a tough start on the first two days with scores of 76 and 83, but she rebounded nicely with a 71 on day three and a 75 on the final day.
On Saturday, the freshman started the day with a bogey on the first hole, but then rolled off four straight birdies to be at 3-under before even teeing off on the sixth hole. Unfortunately, Orehek carded two more bogeys before the turn, but was able to get things under control for the remainder of the round as she finished at 1-under for the day, her only day under par. As a team, Slovenia finished tied for 30th at 17-over.
The next collegiate event for the Florida Gators will be at the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. The tournament will take place Oct. 12-14 and will take place at the Finley Golf Course near the University of North Carolina campus.
Full scores and tournament rankings for the World Amateur Team Championships can be found at GolfStat.com.