Monday October 29, 2012Gators Make Big Move in Second Round of Betsy Rawls, Now Tied For First
The 2nd-ranked University of Florida women’s golf team got a huge boost of momentum Monday in the second round of the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invite as it improved by eight shots as a team to move to 3-under (573) and in a tie for first place. The Gators were 8-under (280) for the day and it was the biggest improvement from round one out of any of the teams in the field by at least six shots. Florida was 5-over coming into today’s round, but was able to get four out of five rounds under par and got another big day from sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), who went 5-under (67) for the second round and vaulted into a tie for first place on the individual board at 6-under (136).
Hedberg’s round of 67 is her second lowest of the year. The Spaniard last shot 67 in the first round of the Dale McNamara Invite and benefitted today from seven birdies and only two bogeys for a near career-low score. Her round was the lowest of the day and is currently the lowest for the tournament so far. The last time Hedberg held at least a share of the lead this season going into the final round was at the Cougar Classic back in early September, a tournament she ended up winning.
“Our team played very solid today and stayed patient,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “We played the finishing holes better than yesterday, which reflects our team score. Camilla also had a great round today. She has been working hard on her putting and having seven birdies today shows us her efforts are paying off.”
As a team, UF entered today’s round nine shots back of Alabama, but had its second best team outing of the season and were one of two teams to shoot under par to make up major ground on the Crimson Tide. Alabama finished the day 1-over (289) and share the lead with Florida at 3-under (573). Arizona State was the only other team to shoot under par today as it is now at even par (576) and tied with Arkansas for third place. Host school, Texas and the University of Tulsa round out the top five at 10-over (586).
After Hedberg’s low round, Florida had three players from its lineup shoot 1-under (71), scores that did major benefits in putting the team in its first place position. Seniors Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) and Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) along with junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) all shot a 71 on Monday. Ulu’s round is easily her best of the season by four shots and is also her first round under par in her Gator career. The junior was consistent through the front nine, scoring two birdies and no bogeys before making the turn, but two bogeys on No. 11 and No. 14 brought her back to even for the day. She was able to birdie the par three, 16th hole, to get back in the red and has now climbed the individual leaderboard to a tie for 24th place, a 15 spot jump.
“Elcin had a personal best today since being here at Florida,” Bastel said. “She played with a lot of heart today and it showed in her score.”
As for Lendl and Piccio, both matched each other’s scores for the second straight day, but both improved two shots to move into the top-15 for the tournament at even par (138). For Lendl, two bogeys put her at 2-over for the day before finishing the first nine holes, but she rallied well on the back nine to hole three birdies and get back to 1-under where she finished the day. With today’s round in the books, Lendl has carded seven of her last eight rounds at even or under par. For Piccio, it was a very up and down day that included four birdies on the front nine, but also three bogeys. Sitting at 1-under at the turn, Piccio was able to corral things back down and finished the day with one more birdie to have five just for today.
Finally, freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) also improved from her first round score as she shot a 3-over (75), one shot better than yesterday’s 76. It’s her third best score of the fall and kept her in the top 50 for the tournament as she will go into tomorrow’s final round tied for 43rd at 7-over (151).
Play will conclude with the final round tomorrow as the first groups will tee off at 9:45 a.m. Live scoring as well as first and second round results can be found on GolfStat.com. Third round results will also be posted at TexasSports.com. A complete recap with results will be posted on GatorZone.com following the day’s play.
Betsy Rawls Invite Team Scores After Round 2
Place School Score
T1 Florida -3 (573)
T1 Alabama -3 (573)
T3 Arizona State E (576)
T3 Arkansas E (576)
T5 Texas +10 (586)
T5 Tulsa +10 (586)
7 Denver +14 (590)
8 UNLV +20 (596)
9 Auburn +21 (596)
10 Kent State +22 (598)
11 Pepperdine +26 (602)
T12 UCLA +29 (605)
T12 New Mexico +29 (605)
14 TCU +32 (608)
15 Illinois +53 (629)
Betsy Rawls Invite Individual Top 10 Through Round 2
Place Player(School) Score
T1 Camilla Hedberg (Florida) -6 (71, 67) (138)
T1 Jennifer Kirby (Alabama) -6 (69, 69) (138)
3 Stephanie Meadow (Alabama) -5 (69, 70) (139)
4 Bertine Strauss (Texas) -4 (71, 69) (140)
T5 Gabriela Lopez (Arkansas) -3 (72, 69) (141)
T5 Grace Na (Pepperdine) -3 (71, 70) (141)
Florida Results After Round 1
Place Player Score
T1 Camilla Hedberg -6 (71, 67) (138)
T14 Isabelle Lendl E (73, 71) (144)
T14 Mia Piccio E (73, 71) (144)
T24 Elcin Ulu +3 (76, 71) (147)
T43 Ursa Orehek +7 (76, 75) (151)