Monday January 28, 2013Gator Women Win Third Team Title of Year; Hedberg Named Co-Winner of Florida Challenge
After a long day on the course, the persistence paid off for the third-ranked University of Florida women’s golf team as it earned its third team title of the 2012-13 season Monday at the Florida Challenge in Lecanto, Fla.
The tournament was only scheduled for 36 holes, but the Gators made the most out of their outing by taking the early three-shot lead after round one (292) and then built that lead even bigger in the second round to win by nine strokes (586) over second-place finisher, Florida State (595).
With just its third win in five outings as a team, UF is continuing to have its best year since the 2007-08 season, which saw the Gators win five team titles en route to their most recent Southeastern Conference title.
The honors didn’t end with just the team title as sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain) was named the co-winner of the tournament along with UCF’s Monifa Sealy. Hedberg and Sealy both shot identical rounds of 72-71 to finish at 143 (1-under) for the day, but junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) had a nice day as well as she finished tied for third at two-over (146) after holding the first round lead earlier in the day. Ulu also carded the low round of the day after a 69 on her first 18 holes, which is also a career low.
For Hedberg, it continues her banner year that has seen her first collegiate victory back at the Cougar Classic in September to now three individual medalist honors including at the Betsy Rawls Invitational in October. Hedberg now joins the ranks of only 11 other players in UF history to win at least three tournaments in their college careers.
“This is a great way to start the spring season,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “We can take a lot of positives away from today. We had some highlights individually. Elcin (Ulu) had a career low 69 in the first round, which should be a tremendous confidence booster for her and, of course, with Camilla (Hedberg) coming away as the co-champion. Black Diamond is an awesome venue and it was great to compete on such a great golf course. We will use what we did today to work on some more specific things before we head to California.”
Along with Hedberg and Ulu, six other Florida players competed today at the Black Diamond Ranch. Out of the remaining three players in the tournament rotation, all finished in the top-20 and had rounds of 78 or better.
Senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines), competing in only her third tournament of the year had a great day out of the five spot going 75-73 for a four-over (148) score and finishing tied for eighth place.
Fellow senior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.), one of the other stars from the fall season, had her fifth straight top-10 finish in as many starts as she fired a 76-73 for a five-over (149) to complete the day tied for tenth.
Finally, to complete the rotation, freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia), competing in her fifth straight tournament to open her collegiate career finished the day tied for 18th after rounds of 78-77 for an 11-over (155) for her highest finish of the season.
Three Gators also competed as individuals in the challenge, some posting their first rounds of the year. Sophomore Anna Young (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) was competing in her fourth tournament of the year and first since the Tar Heel Invitational, carded a 74-81 for an 11-over (155) and was the fourth highest individual finisher of the day.
Freshman Emma Smyser (Naples, Fla.) and senior Megan Pak (Bradenton, Fla.) laced up the spikes for the first time this year as individuals. Smyser finished in 25th place with rounds of 82 and 75 for a 13-over (157), while Pak shot 79 and 83 for an 18-over (162) to finish tied for 31st place.
The Gators will get a couple of weeks off from competition before getting back on the links for the Northrup Grumman Regional Championship. The tournament is slated to take place at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes, Calif., on Feb. 11-13 and will be hosted by Ohio State University.
Final Florida Challenge Team Scores
Place School Score
1 Florida 586
2 Florida State 595
3 Miami (Fla.) 599
4 UCF 608
5 South Florida 616
Final Florida Challenge Invidual Top 10
Place Player (School) Score
T1 Camilla Hedberg (Florida) -1 (72, 71) (143)
T1 Monifa Sealy (UCF) -1 (72, 71) (143)
T3 Elcin Ulu (Florida) +2 (69, 77) (146)
T3 Alex Milan (Florida St.) +2 (72, 74) (146)
T5 Olivia Hullert (Florida St.) +3 (73, 75) (147)
T5 Shena Yang (USF) +3 (74, 73) (147)
T8 Mia Piccio (Florida) +4 (75, 73) (148)
T8 Mary Beth Ramsay (Florida St.) +4 (72, 76) (148)
T10 Isabelle Lendl (Florida) +5 (76, 73) (149)
T10 Paola Robles (UCF) +5 (78, 71) (149)
Final Florida Results for Florida Challenge
Place Player Score
T1 Camilla Hedberg -1 (72, 71) (143)
T3 Elcin Ulu +2 (69, 77) (146)
T8 Mia Piccio +4 (75, 73) (148)
T10 Isabelle Lendl +5 (76, 73) (149)
T18 Anna Young +11 (74, 81) (155)
T18 Ursa Orehek +11 (78, 77) (155)
25 Emma Smyser +13 (82, 75) (157)
T31 Megan Pak +18 (79, 83) (162)