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Saturday March 16, 2013Gators in Second Place Only Three Shots Back Heading Into Final Round of Gator Invite

Gainesville, Fla.

For the second straight day of the 2013 SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational, the Mark Bostick Golf Course kept low numbers at bay as only three players were able to shoot under par for the second round. Fortunately, for the Gators, a few late birdies on the back nine kept them within striking distance of leader, Alabama. Going into the final round, Florida is at 22-over (582), while the Crimson Tide is just ahead of them at 19-over (579) with just three shots separating the two teams.

 

“We didn’t get many putts to fall today,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “I think it’s positive that we still hung in there like we did despite that. The golf course is playing really tough. They did a good job of staying patient and they played hard to the end. That’s really all I can ask.”

 

Through all five players of Florida’s rotation, the Gators got much more consistent scoring from each player in the lineup. All scores were over par for the day, but only one out of the five was higher than four-over. Junior transfer Elcin Ulu (Istanbul Turkey), senior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) and senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) all shot three-over (73) on Saturday to pace the Orange and Blue. All three players didn’t see a birdie on the front nine, but were able to not see many bogeys either. Only five bogeys were made between them with the rest of the holes scoring pars.

 

The back nine was when putts started to fall for UF. Piccio had two bogeys to go with six pars on the back side of the course, but after putting her approach on No. 18 to within 15 feet, Piccio knocked down the long putt for her first birdie of the day. Piccio is currently tied for 14th place at six-over (146) heading into tomorrow’s final round.

 

Ulu had much of the same back nine as Piccio. After three straight bogeys on Nos. 11-13, Ulu righted the ship and was able to birdie No. 14 and the par four, 17th hole, to get her round back to one-over. Those last two birdies vaulted Ulu up the leaderboard as she will now be tied for seventh at four-over (144) and will be the top Gator going into Sunday.

 

“I think it was good for our players to finish strong on the back nine,” Bastel said. “We’ve talked about perseverance and hanging in there to the end. As you can see, when it’s close like this, every shot counts. It’s important to hang in there no matter how you feel you’re playing or your team is playing because you won’t know until it’s added up at the end. It’s just important for us to always hang tough.”

 

After yesterday tough round that saw five straight bogeys on the back nine en route to a 76, Lendl stayed much more distance from the black number range on Saturday and only had three bogeys with the rest of her scores being pars for a three-over (73). No birdies were recorded for the Connecticut native, but with the way the rest of the field was playing, par seemed like the best score to shoot for. Lendl’s strong round got her back into the top-30 going into Sunday as she will be in a tie for 27th place.

 

As for the remaining Gators in the lineup, freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) had the best improvement among the UF players, shooting a four-over (74), four shots lower than Friday’s round. For the freshman, it’s her second lowest score of the year, just one shot higher than the 73 she recorded in the second round of the Cougar Classic in September.

 

Sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), who came into Saturday’s round just a few shots off the individual lead remained in the top 15 by the end of the day, but was not able to score as well as she did on Friday. Hedberg finished with a seven-over (77) to drop to a tie for 14th place at six-over (146).

 

“It’s tough to stay focused on the job at hand when there aren’t a lot of birdies being made,” Bastel said. “When you have high expectations and they’ve birdied all these holes out here before, they know it can be done, but it’s just tougher. The greens are firm and fast, the wind blew harder today and the pins were tough. There are some heightened conditions that are making it harder to make putts, so it’s important for them to stay patient and I think they feel good where they’re at going into tomorrow.

 

Play will finish tomorrow with the third round of the 2013 SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational and live scores will be available on GolfStat.com. The first groups are set to tee off at 8:30 a.m. by shot gun start. Full tee times can be found on GolfStat.com.

 

A full recap with complete results can be found on GatorZone.com following the day’s play.

 

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SunTrust Gator Women’s Invite Team Scores After Round 2

 

Place      School                  Score

1             Alabama                +19 (579)

T2           Florida                   +22 (582)

T2           Oklahoma             +22 (582)

4             Oklahoma St.        +25 (585)

5             Virginia                  +26 (586)

6             Miami                    +30 (590)

7             North Carolina       +35 (595)

8             Baylor                    +36 (596)

T9           Florida St.              +37 (597)

T9           Mississippi St.       +37 (597)

11           Florida Intl.            +45 (605)

12           Chattanooga         +49 (609)

13           San Diego St.        +54 (614)

14           Kent St.                 +58 (618)

15           South Florida         +60 (620)

 

 

SunTrust Gator Women’s Invite Individual Top 10 After Round 2

 

Place      Player (School)                                 Score

1             Chirapat Jao-Javanil (Oklahoma)      -3 (69, 68-137)

2             Portland Rosen (Virginia)                    E (68, 72-140)

3             Hayley Davis (Baylor)                        +1 (73, 68-141)

T4           Brittany Altomare (Virginia)                +2 (73, 69-142)

T4           Stephanie Meadow (Alabama)           +2 (68, 74-142)

6             AC Tanguay (Oklahoma)                   +3 (69, 74-143)

T7           Rika Park (Miami)                              +4 (71, 73-144)

T7           Elcin Ulu (Florida)                               +4 (71, 73-144)

T9           Malin Jansson (Florida St.)                 +5 (71, 74-145)

T9           Jessica Negron (Florida St.)               +5 (70, 75-145)

T9           Kelsey Vines (Oklahoma St.)             +5 (75, 70-145)

T9           Ally McDonald (Mississippi St.)          +5 (71, 74-145)

T9           Emma Talley (Alabama)                    +5 (70, 75-145)

 

All Florida Players In Field After Round 2

 

Place      Player                                                 Score

T7           Elcin Ulu                                              +4 (71, 73-144)

T14         Mia Piccio                                           +6 (73, 73-146)

T14         Camilla Hedberg                                 +6 (69, 77-146)

T27         Isabelle Lendl                                      +9 (76, 73-149)

T43         Ursa Orehek                                       +12 (78, 74-152)

T51         Anna Young*                                       +14 (76, 78-154)

T70         Megan Pak*                                        +20 (81, 79-160)

 

* - denotes competed as an individual

 

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