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Saturday April 20, 2013Two Gators Improve on Day Two of SEC Championship; UF in 12th place

Birmingham, Ala.

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Mitchell.

Even with two players improving from their first round scores at the 2013 SEC Championship, the fifth-ranked University of Florida Gator women’s golf team could not make up any ground on day two and fell to a tie for 12th at 57-over (633). The Gators will be 36 shots back of the leading team, Alabama, which sits at 21-over (597) after the second round, but with the high scores all week, no team is out of contention.

 

Individually, sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain) continued to hold her firm place in the top-15 as she finished her second day of play at four-over (76) and is eight-over (152) for the tournament in a tie for 13th place.

 

“I’m proud of Camilla for hanging in there despite the tough conditions,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “She is playing a lot better than she is scoring and she’s frustrated by that. She is due to break out anytime and I have every confidence she can and will.”

 

Hedberg, the top Gator in the field, had a great start to her day on the back nine. After committing two bogeys through the first three holes, she birdied the par three, 14th, and par five, 15th, to move back to even par for the day. After making the turn, the Spaniard got into red numbers for the first time this week with a birdie on No. 2. However, a double-bogey on the next hole dropped her back below even par. Even with a birdie on the par three, 4th, it wasn’t enough momentum as she bogeyed four of the remaining five holes in her round. At eight-over, Hedberg will still be within striking distance of the leader, Stephanie Meadow of Alabama (E), but will need to limit the bogeys on the tournament’s final day.

 

Looking to bounce back from a first round, 81, junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) improved by three shots in Saturday’s second round to fire a six-over (78). After having to write down only four bogeys on the back nine, Ulu had her first birdie of the weekend at the par five, 2nd hole, and followed it with three-straight pars. Unfortunately, three bogeys on the last four holes, dropped her back to six-over for the day and left her in a tie for 42nd at 15-over for the tournament.

 

Also looking to improve from an over 80 round yesterday, senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) carded a seven-over (79) to move up five spots on the leaderboard to a tie for 55th. Piccio sits 17-over (161) for the tournament and will try to replicate the first six holes she played on Saturday. Piccio started out with three-straight pars before birdieing the par five, 13th hole. Sitting at one-under for the day, Piccio looked to have the momentum in her favor, but suffered two bogeys and a double-bogey before making the turn. Five more bogeys on her second nine sealed her round at seven-over at the end of the day.

 

Finally, senior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) and freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) will both be a tie for 64th going into tomorrow’s final round after shooting rounds of 87 and 85 respectively. Lendl added nine shots to her first round score, while Orehek added five. Both are 21-over (165) for the championship.

 

“We’ve just made too many mistakes this week and this is the type of golf course where you can’t beat yourself,” Bastel said. “We are a lot better team than we’re showing and hopefully we can come to play tomorrow.”

 

The final round of the SEC Championship will be played tomorrow with the first Gator set to tee off at 10:57 a.m. The first tee time of the day for any competitor is at 9 a.m. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com and a full recap with complete results will be posted on GatorZone.com following the day’s play.

 

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SEC Championship Team Scores After Round 2

 

Place     School                   Score

1              Alabama               +21 (304-293) (597)

2              Mississippi St.      +33 (306-303) (609)

3              Georgia                 +35 (306-305) (611)

T4           Kentucky               +38 (306-308) (611)

T4           LSU                        +38 (303-311) (614)

6              South Carolina     +39 (306-309) (615)

7              Vanderbilt             +42 (309-309) (618)

T8           Arkansas               +45 (313-308) (621)

T8           Tennessee            +45 (312-309) (621)

T10         Texas A&M           +51 (318-309) (627)

T10         Auburn                   +51 (321-306) (627)

T12         Missouri                 +57 (312-321) (633)

T12         Florida                   +57 (315-318) (633)

14           Ole Miss                +62 (317-321) (638)

 

SEC Championship Individual Top 10 After Round 2

 

Place     Player (School)                                   Score

1              Stephanie Meadow (Alabama)        E (75-69-144)

2              Jennifer Kirby (Alabama)                  +2 (75-71-146)

3              Ally McDonald (Miss. St.)                   +3 (77-70-147)

4              Kendall Marindale (Vanderbilt)        +4 (75-73-148)

T5           Liz Breed (Kentucky)                          +5 (76-73-149)

T5           Sarah Harris (Kentucky)                     +5 (73-76-149)

T7           Justine Dreher (South Carolina)      +6 (74-76-150)

T7           Mary L. Gallagher (Miss. St.)             +6 (75-75-150)

T7           Emily Tubert (Arkansas)                    +6 (76-74-150)

T10         Amira Alexander (Georgia)               +7 (78-73-151)

T10         Stani Schiavone (Ole Miss)               +7 (73-78-151)

T10         Victoria Trapani (Auburn)                  +7 (78-73-151)

 

SEC Championship – Florida Players After Round 2

 

Place     Player                                    Score

T13         Camilla Hedberg                 +8 (76-76-152)

T42         Elcin Ulu                                +15 (81-78-159)

T55         Mia Piccio                             +17 (82-79-161)

T64         Isabelle Lendl                      +21 (78-87-165)

T64         Ursa Orehek                         +21 (80-85-165)

 

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