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Junior Elcin Ulu carded the lowest score for the team this weekend.

Sunday March 17, 2013No. 5 Gators Finish Third At 2013 SunTrust Gator Women's Invite For Eighth Top-10 Finish

Gainesville, Fla.

Junior Elcin Ulu carded the lowest score for the team this weekend.

The fifth-ranked University of Florida women’s golf team finished the final round of the 2013 SunTrust Gator Women’s  Invitational in third place with a final score of 30-over (870) just five shots back of the eventual winners, third-ranked Alabama (+25, 865).

Coming into Sunday’s final round just three shots back, the Gators were primed to make a run on the last day. However, with the scoreboard flipping back and forth all day, it was a horse race between Alabama, No. 4 Oklahoma and Florida to see who would be named champion of the tournament.

Each team for part of the day held the lead at some point with no deficit being larger than five shots. When all three teams had about five holes to play, it was Florida that held the late two shot lead. However, a late birdie rally by Alabama allowed the Crimson Tide to pull ahead on the last holes while Florida suffered some late bogeys to finish in third place behind Oklahoma (+28, 868).

“It was an exciting finish for this tournament,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “We were in it for a lot of the day, but we’re obviously disappointed with the outcome. We were in the lead at one time and had a legitimate shot to win coming down the last few holes. We’ll learn from it and stay motivated because of it.”

Even though the overall outcome wasn’t what the Gators were looking for, Florida got one of its most consistent weekends out of its lineup this year. Four of UF’s five players in rotation finished in the top-20, but even freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia), who had the Gators’ fifth highest score of the weekend, still carded her second lowest 54-hole tournament total. Orehek shot a final round 75 to finish the three-day weekend at 17-over (227) in a tie for 44th place. Her lowest of 226 came at the Betsy Rawls Invitational back in late October of the fall season.

Junior transfer Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) was the highest finishing Gator in the tournament as she claimed her second top-10 finish of the year and second of the spring season. Ulu took home a tie for sixth place after a final round 71 (+1) to total a five-over (215) for the tournament. The 71 for Ulu was her second score of that kind in the competition and is her second-lowest round of the year. It was also her first time finishing a tournament this year with a team-best score.

“Elcin did exactly what we needed her to this week,” Bastel said. “I can’t complain about that. She managed her way around this golf course and stayed patient. She stayed patient waiting for the putts to fall and did a great job. I’m happy for her.”

Sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain) finished tied for ninth, good for her sixth top-10 finish out of the eight starts that she has had this year. Hedberg was near the top of the individual leaderboard after the first round, but suffered a slight setback in the second round after some late bogeys in her round. Hedberg was able to battle back nicely on the last day to improve by six shots en route to a one-over (71) for a final score of seven-over (217). The six-stroke improvement was the best by a Gator this weekend in between rounds and her third round total tied for the lowest out of the Gators today with Ulu.

As for the remaining UF players in the rotation, seniors Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) and Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) finished in 19th and a tie for 20th place, respectively. Both players were playing in their final Gator Women’s Invite of their careers and were able to close out the chapter with, yet, another top-20 finish. It’s the fourth time this year that Piccio (+10, 220) has claimed a top-25 spot at the end of a tournament, while Lendl (+11, 221) continued her top-25 finish streak to eight straight tournament appearances this year.

“I think our team is right where they need to be with just one tournament left in the regular season,” Bastel said. “These sorts of experiences make you a lot tougher. If we can take that away from this week and take the good things with us and have an experience like this light a fire inside of us, I think we’ll be just fine.”

The Gators have just one tournament remaining on its regular season schedule as they will travel to Greensboro, N.C. for the Bryan National Collegiate, set to be played March 29-31.

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SunTrust Gator Women’s Invite Final Team Scores

 

Place     School                   Score

1              Alabama               +25 (286, 293, 286 – 865)

2              Oklahoma             +28 (285, 297, 286 – 868)

3              Florida                   +30 (289, 293, 288 – 870)

T4           Oklahoma St.       +37 (293, 292, 292 – 877)

T4           Virginia                 +37 (297, 289, 291 – 877)

6              Miami                    +48 (290, 300, 298 – 888)

7              Florida St.              +50 (294, 303, 293 – 890)

T8           Mississippi St.      +52 (293, 304, 295 – 892)

T8           North Carolina     +52 (301, 294, 297 – 892)

10           Baylor                   +57 (296, 300, 301 – 897)

11           Chattanooga        +61 (302, 307, 292 – 901)

12           Florida Intl.            +65 (303, 302, 300 – 905)

13           San Diego St.       +75 (312, 301, 301 – 915)

14           South Florida        +80 (309, 311, 300 – 920)

15           Kent St.                 +84 (305, 313, 306 – 924)

 

SunTrust Gator Women’s Invite Top 10 Individual Final Scores

 

Place     Player (School)                                   Score

1              Chriapat Jao-Javanil (Oklahoma)    -4 (69, 68, 69 – 206)

2              Portland Rosen (Virginia)                  +1 (68, 72, 71 – 211)

3              Brittany Altomare (Virginia)               +3 (73, 69, 71 – 213)

T4           Stephanie Meadow (Alabama)        +4 (68, 74, 72 – 214)

T4           Ally McDonald (Mississippi St.)        +4 (71, 74, 69 – 214)

T6           Elcin Ulu (Florida)                               +5 (71, 73, 71 – 215)

T6           Rika Park (Miami)                                +5 (71, 73, 71 – 215)

8              AC Tanguay (Oklahoma)                  +6 (69, 74, 73 – 216)

T9           Jessica Negron (Florida St.)              +7 (70, 75, 72 – 217)

T9           Camilla Hedberg (Florida)                +7 (69, 77, 71 – 217)

T9           Kelsey Vines (Oklahoma St.)            +7 (75, 70, 72 – 217)

T9           Emma Talley (Alabama)                   +7 (70, 75, 72 – 217)

 

SunTrust Gator Women’s Invite Florida Players Final Scores

 

Place     Player                                    Score

T6           Elcin Ulu                                 +5 (71, 73, 71 – 215)

T9           Camilla Hedberg                 +7 (69, 77, 71 – 217)

19           Mia Piccio                             +10 (73, 73, 74 – 220)

T20         Isabelle Lendl                      +11 (76, 73, 72 – 221)

T44         Ursa Orehek                         +17 (78, 74, 75 – 227)

T58         Anna Young*                        +21 (76, 78, 77 – 231)

T64         Megan Pak*                          +24 (81, 79, 74 – 234)

 

* - denotes competed as individuals

 

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