Sunday March 31, 2013Gator Women Stay Steady; Finish In Fifth at Bryan National Collegiate
For the second consecutive day, the No. 5 University of Florida women’s golf team fired a lower number than the day before and was able to finish in fifth place at the Bryan National Collegiate, the team’s final regular-season tournament of the year.
After already improving on their day one score with a second round 292, the Gators went one shot better to go three-over (291) in the final round and finished in the top ten for the ninth-straight tournament. UF capped a tremendous regular season where it finished at least in the top-10, as a team, in every tournament and also saw five individual medalist winners over those same tournaments.
Virginia won the team title at the Bryan National Collegiate with a five-over (869), while the individual title went to Georgia’s Emilie Burger, who totaled a five-under (211) for a one shot victory over Virginia’s Brittany Altomare.
“Our play was solid today,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “We continued to move up the leaderboard all day, which is positive. Our start was shaky, but we did a great job of hanging in there until the end and I’m proud of the girls for that.”
Individually, freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) was the top Gator finisher for the first time in her career as she shot one-under (71) in the final round to move up to a tie for 17th place. Orehek shot a 221 (+5) overall for her lowest 54-hole total of the season and best finish of the year as well. The final round 71 is also her first round under par in her Gator career. After keeping at even par through the first nine holes, Orehek found herself sitting at one-over with two holes to go, but managed a nice birdie on the par five, sixth hole, followed by a second red number on the par three, seventh, to have a birdie-birdie finish.
“Ursa had a great round today,” Bastel said. “We discussed after round one that she was having trouble finishing her rounds, so we made some adjustments over the last few days. It was nice to see that work for her and her birdie, birdie finish today is proof of that.”
As for the other four Gators, all managed to finish inside the top-40 and within one shot of each other. Senior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) was the second highest finishing UF player of the weekend as she carded an even par (72), her 17th even or under par round of the year and second-straight of the tournament. Lendl used three birdies to go with three bogeys to finish the tournament at eight-over (224) in a tie for 32nd place.
Right behind Lendl, also at eight-over (224) for the tournament, was junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey), who had a fairly consistent tournament after a final round three-over (75). Ulu suffered a double-bogey on her first hole of the day and then another bogey two holes later. However, she parred out the next 15 holes to minimize the damage. The finish is Ulu’s third-best of the spring season and second-straight inside the top-40.
Just one shot back of their teammates was senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) and sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), who both finished the tournament at nine-over (225) in a tie for 40th place. Piccio had the third-best Sunday by a Florida player with a one-over (73), also her best round of the weekend. Trying to keep the bogey number low, Piccio had only two over-par holes through 11 holes and also had one birdie over that same span to stay around one-over for most of the day.
For Hedberg, some early bogeys left her in a hole that proved too tough to dig out of. The sophomore scored two bogeys on the first three holes she played and then holed two more to finish the day with four bogeys and no birdies. The final round 76 (+4) was her highest score of the tournament and left her in a tie for 40th at nine-over.
“Overall, we take a lot of positives away from this week,” Bastel said. “Our first round put us behind the eight ball, but we rebounded well and have some momentum heading into the SEC Tournament.”
The Gators get a few weeks off before heading to Birmingham, Ala., for the SEC Tournament. The conference event is slated to start on April 19 and run through April 21 at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.
Bryan National Collegiate Final Team Scores
Place School Score
1 Virginia +5 (281-293-295-869)
2 Arkansas +9 (294-289-290-873)
3 Wake Forest +21 (297-299-289-885)
4 Vanderbilt +22 (286-300-300-886)
5 Florida +23 (304-292-291-887)
6 Georgia +24 (300-295-293-888)
7 NC State +28 (300-297-295-892)
8 South Carolina +29 (296-301-296-893)
T9 Duke +30 (297-307-290-894)
T9 Auburn +30 (298-297-299-894)
11 North Carolina +33 (294-303-300-897)
12 Michigan St. +38 (298-302-302-902)
13 Tennessee +40 (306-304-294-904)
14 Florida St. +44 (307-302-299-908)
15 UNCG +63 (316-306-305-927)
16 UNC Wilm. +64 (311-310-307-928)
17 Louisville +66 (304-305-321-930)
Bryan National Collegiate Individual Top 10 Final Scores
Place Player (School) Score
1 Emilie Burger (Georgia) -5 (72-70-69-211)
2 Brittany Altomare (Virginia) -4 (70-70-72-212)
3 Sarah Schmelzel (S. Carolina) -1 (71-73-71-215)
T4 Elizabeth Brightwell (Virginia) E (68-75-73-216)
T4 Brittany Marchand (NC State) E (76-70-70-216)
6 Jessica Negron (Florida St.) +1 (75-73-69-217)
T7 Marta Sanz (Auburn) +3 (75-69-75-219)
T7 Laetitia Beck (Duke) +3 (73-75-71-219)
T7 Lori Beth Adams (UNCW) +3 (74-71-74-219)
T7 Emily Tubert (Arkansas) +3 (73-71-75-219)
T7 Kendall Martindale (Vanderbilt) +3 (72-75-72-219)
T7 Briana Mao (Virginia) +3 (70-76-73-219)
Bryan National Collegiate - Florida Players Final Scores
Place Player Score
T17 Ursa Orehek +5 (76-74-71-221)
T32 Isabelle Lendl +8 (81-71-72-224)
T32 Elcin Ulu +8 (76-73-75-224)
T40 Mia Piccio +9 (77-75-73-225)
T40 Camilla Hedberg +9 (77-75-73-225)