Friday February 1, 2013Piccio, Ulu and Young Set to Compete in Lady Bulldog Individual Championship
Fresh off of Florida’s third team title of the 2012-13 season, senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines), junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) and sophomore Anna Young (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) will compete in one last individual tournament this weekend before hitting the meat of their team schedule.
All three players will take part in the one day, 36 hole, Lady Bulldog Individual Championship as representatives of the Florida Gators. Even though the tournament is not a team outing, the trio of Gators will have a good chance to give UF its sixth possible medalist this year. Senior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) already has two individual wins, while sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain) is one week removed from her third title after being named co-winner of the Florida Challenge.
The Lady Bulldog Individual Championship will be played at the University of Georgia Golf Course (Par 72, 6,335 yards) which is also the site of this year’s NCAA Championship. 38 competitors from 13 different schools will make up Saturday’s field which includes players from seven Southeastern conference schools.
Piccio comes into this tournament off a top 10 performance at last week’s Florida Challenge. The senior posted rounds of 75 and 73 to finish at 4-over in a tie for eighth and has become a go-to No. 3 player behind Hedberg and Lendl. In just 11 rounds this year, Piccio is averaging a score of 72.5 and has yet to finish below 15th place. Her best round came back at the Cougar Classic when she carded two straight rounds of 70 to finished 3-under in a tie for sixth place.
Ulu is coming off her best outing of her young Florida career after a 69 in the first round of the Florida Challenge, which was a career-best. That round was followed up by a 77, but her overall finish was still her best of the year as she finished tied for third at 2-over. Other than the Florida Challenge, Ulu has only played in the Tar Heel Invite and the Betsy Rawls Invite, but has made the most of her outings, getting gradually stronger in each tournament. After a tie for 60th finish at the Tar Heel, Ulu completed the Betsy Rawls in a tie for 37th, but it was her final round 78 that gave Florida the team win over rival Alabama. Ulu is currently holding the third best average on the team (75.4) and is looking to lower that even more this weekend.
Finally, Young has already played in 11 rounds this season, just her first as a Gator. The Canadian competed in the first three tournaments of the year with her best fall outing coming at the Dale McNamara Invite in September. Young finished 29th after rounds of 75-76-74 for a 225 (+9). She was able to best that finish at last week’s Florida Challenge, going tied for 18th with an 11-over (155). Young’s average of 78.1 is good for sixth on the team, but has provided very good depth for the Gators so far this year.
No live scoring will be available for this tournament, but full results and a recap can be found on GatorZone.com following the two rounds of play on Saturday. First groups are set to tee off tomorrow at 8 a.m.