Saturday March 30, 2013Gators Jump to a Tie for Sixth Place After Second Round of Bryan National Collegiate
On the backs of a one-under round of 71 from senior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) and much lower numbers throughout the rest of the lineup, the No. 5 University of Florida women’s golf team vaulted six spots on the team leaderboard to be in a tie for sixth place heading into Sunday’s final round at the Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C.
One day after combining to go 16-over as a team, the Gators had a much more settled round as the team combined for a score of four-over (292), a 12-shot improvement from yesterday. Not only did Lendl have the biggest improvement from her first round, a 10 shot improvement to be exact, but each player in the Gators lineup had a lower score from Friday.
Virginia still holds the overall team lead at two-under (574), while their own Brittany Altomare moved into first place after carding two straight rounds of two-under (70) to hold a two shot lead over Georgia’s Emilie Burger, who is at two-under (142) for the tournament.
“We had a better day today,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “We started well and finished well. We were able to get some putts to drop. We had a rough stretch in the middle, but I am really pleased with the way the girls hung in there down the stretch.”
For Lendl, her 71 is her first even or under par round since shooting a 70 at the first round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate back in late February. The senior had a great start to her round, holing three birdies and only one bogey after her first eight holes, but suffered quite the setback on the ninth hole when she was forced to write down a triple bogey, dropping her from two-under for the day to one-over. Lendl recovered well on her second nine with three-straight birdies on holes three through five, one of which was a par five. Her solid round moved her up nearly half of the leaderboard as she will hold in a tie for 47th place going into the final round.
“Isabelle had a much better day today,” Bastel said. “I am happy to see her play well. She showed her toughness by bouncing back from yesterday.”
As for the rest of the Gators lineup, only four shots separated all five players in the second round. Junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) turned in a three-stroke improvement from round one as she finished one-over (73). Ulu didn’t have the greatest of nine holes to start her day as she holed five bogeys, but did manage two birdies on both of the back nine’s par-fives. The front nine proved to be much nicer as Ulu went bogey-less and had two more birdies to get back to one-over for the day. The junior climbed the leaderboard nearly 20 spots and will be in a tie for 27th at five-over (149) with 18 holes of competition left.
Also, tied for 27th after the second round is sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), who lowered her first round score by one shot to take a two-over (74) into the clubhouse. The consistent outing for Hedberg had her only write down two birdies on the day, but she managed enough pars to sneak into the top-30 going into Sunday.
Senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) dropped two shots of her own on Saturday, en route to a three-over (75). Like the rest of her teammates, Piccio climbed the board slightly into a tie for 47th as she is eight-over (152) with one round to play.
Finally, freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) holds down the middle of Florida’s pack as she continues to have the third-best score out of the five UF players in the tournament. Orehek carded a two-over (74) on Saturday to move into a tie for 37th at six-over (150). The round of 74 ties for her second-best 18-hole round of the year and is the third time she has finished a round with that score. The last time coming in the second round of the SunTrust Gator Women’s Invite two weeks ago.
Play will finish tomorrow with the third round of the Bryan National Collegiate and live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com. The groups are set to tee off at 8:30 a.m. by shotgun start.
A full recap with complete results can be found on GatorZone.com following the day’s play.
Bryan National Collegiate Team Scores After Round 2
Place School Score
1 Virginia -2 (281-293-574)
2 Arkansas +7 (294-289-583)
3 Vanderbilt +10 (286-300-586)
4 Georgia +18 (300-294-594)
5 Auburn +19 (298-297-595)
T6 Wake Forest +20 (297-299-596)
T6 Florida +20 (304-292-596)
T8 NC State +21 (300-297-597)
T8 North Carolina +21 (294-303-597)
T8 South Carolina +21 (296-301-597)
11 Michigan St. +24 (298-302-600)
12 Duke +28 (297-307-604)
T13 Florida St. +33 (307-302-609)
T13 Louisville +33 (304-305-609)
15 Tennessee +34 (306-304-610)
16 UNC Wilm. +45 (311-310-621)
17 UNCG +46 (316-306-622)
Bryan National Collegiate Individual Top 10 After Round 2
Place Player (School) Score
1 Brittany Altomare (Virginia) -4 (70-70-140)
2 Emilie Burger (Georgia) -2 (72-70-142)
T3 Gabriela Lopez (Arkansas) -1 (72-71-143)
T3 Elizabeth Brightwell (Virginia) -1 (68-75-143)
T5 Marta Sanz (Auburn) E (75-69-144)
T5 Emily Tubert (Arkansas) E (73-71-144)
T5 Sarah Schmelzel (S. Carolina) E (71-73-144)
T5 Rene Sobolewski (Vanderbilt) E (69-75-144)
T9 Diana Fernandez (Auburn) +1 (71-74-145)
T9 Portland Rosen (Virginia) +1 (73-72-145)
T9 Lori Beth Adams (UNC Wilmington) +1 (74-71-145)
Bryan National Collegiate - Florida Players After Round 2
Place Player Score
T27 Elcin Ulu +5 (76-73-149)
T27 Camilla Hedberg +5 (75-74-149)
T37 Ursa Orehek +6 (76-74-150)
T47 Mia Piccio +8 (77-75-152)
T47 Isabelle Lendl +8 (81-71-152)