Sunday April 21, 2013Piccio Scores Weekend Best, But Not Enough At SEC Championship as UF Finishes 13th
Photo courtesy of Jimmy Mitchell.
Photo courtesy of Jimmy Mitchell.
Senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) fired a 76 (+3) final round score at the 2013 SEC Championship Sunday, her best of the weekend, but the fifth-ranked University of Florida women’s golf team could not get a sustained rally and finished in 13th with a combined score of 88-over (952).
Alabama claimed the overall team title with a final combined score of 899 (+35), while also taking home the individual title as Stephanie Meadow claimed the top spot at even par (216).
“We’re obviously not happy with our performance this week,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “I know that this team is capable of far more and we will be working tirelessly to improve and be ready for regionals.”
Piccio had an up-and-down first nine with three birdies and five bogeys, but made the turn at two-over. She nearly toed the par line on her second nine to have only one bogey through six of her final nine holes. Another birdie on the par four, 8th, and a double bogey on her final hole dropped her finish to four-over for the day. Even with her solid third-round score, the hole UF found themselves in after the first two rounds proved to be too much. Piccio ended up 21-over (237) and tied for 47th with the Gators’ second-best performance of the tournament.
As for the top Gator of the weekend, that title belonged to sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), who finished tied for 23rd at 16-over (232). Her final round 80 (+8) wasn’t her best of the weekend, but her consistent play in the tournament’s first two rounds set her up in good position to stay in the top-25 for the majority of the competition. This weekend marked the ninth time in 10 possible tournaments this year that Hedberg has finished in the top-25 or higher
The remaining portion of the Florida lineup didn’t have the best of final rounds as junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) was the third-highest finishing Gator of the tournament with a tie for 60th at 27-over (243). Her final round of 12-over (84) was her highest score of the three-day competition and highest of the year.
Senior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) came back well from a second-round 87 to card an eight-over (80) in Sunday’s final round, but the tough course conditions continued to cause struggles for all players. Lendl was actually two-over after her first nine holes, but double-bogeys on holes three and five were her undoing as she was on pace for her best round of the weekend before those holes. The Connecticut native finished the weekend tied for 64th at 29-over (245).
Finally, freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) shot a final round 83 (+11) to finish her first SEC Championship as a Gator in a tie for 67th at 32-over (248).
Florida will get a slight break in action before its’ next tournament, the NCAA Regional Championship. This year’s eastern regional is set to be played in Auburn, Ala., at the Auburn University Club starting on May 9 and running until May 11.
SEC Championship Final Team Scores
Place School Score
1 Alabama +35 (304-293-302) (899)
2 Georgia +49 (306-305-302) (913)
3 South Carolina +54 (306-309-303) (918)
4 Vanderbilt +55 (309-309-301) (919)
T5 Kentucky +58 (306-308-308) (922)
T5 Mississippi St. +58 (306-303-313) (922)
T7 Arkansas +59 (313-308-302) (923)
T7 LSU +59 (303-311-309) (923)
9 Tennessee +65 (312-309-308) (929)
10 Auburn +69 (321-306-306) (933)
11 Texas A&M +70 (318-309-307) (934)
12 Ole Miss +77 (317-321-303) (941)
13 Florida +88 (315-318-319) (952)
14 Missouri +91 (312-321-322) (955)
SEC Championship Individual Top 10 Final Scores
Place Player (School) Score
1 Stephanie Meadow (Alabama) E (75-69-72-216)
2 Sarah Harris (Kentucky) +9 (73-76-76-225)
T3 Justine Dreher (South Carolina) +10 (74-76-76-226)
T3 Ally McDonald (Miss. St.) +10 (77-70-79-226)
T3 Emily Tubert (Arkansas) +10 (76-74-76-226)
T6 Liz Breed (Kentucky) +11 (76-73-78-227)
T6 Victoria Trapani (Auburn) +11 (78-73-76-227)
T8 Manuela Carbajo Re (Georgia) +12 (77-75-76-228)
T8 Sarah Schmelzel (South Carolina) +12 (76-76-76-228)
T8 Rica Tse (Miss. St.) +12 (77-78-73-228)
SEC Championship – Florida Players Final Scores
Place Player Score
T23 Camilla Hedberg +16 (76-76-80-232)
T47 Mia Piccio +21 (82-79-76-237)
T60 Elcin Ulu +27 (81-78-84-243)
T64 Isabelle Lendl +29 (78-87-80-245)
T67 Ursa Orehek +32 (80-85-83-248)