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Senior Mia Piccio finished in 7th place at the 2013 NCAA Central Regional.

Saturday May 11, 2013Florida Advances to NCAA Championship for Third Straight Year, 24th Appearance in School History

Norman, Okla.

Senior Mia Piccio finished in 7th place at the 2013 NCAA Central Regional.

With another solid day on the course including another career-low round (69) from senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines), the ninth-ranked University of Florida women’s golf team advanced to the NCAA Championship for the third-straight year after finishing in fourth-place in the 2013 NCAA Central Regional in Norman, Okla. The streak marks the first back-to-back-to-back appearance in the championship since the 2006 through 2008 seasons and is the 24th total appearance in the finals in school history. The fourth-place finish also matches the team’s best finish in an NCAA Regional since 2008.


Along with Piccio’s performance, sophomore Anna Young (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) carded her best round of the year with a one-over (73) and helped the Gators finish with a total of 877 (+13), also its lowest total in a regional since the current format began in 1993. Four out of the five Gator starters scored one-over or better in today’s final round as Piccio was able to complete a round of 69 for the fifth time in her career and second of the week. The eighth-place finish is her second-highest finish of the year and is the first time she is the highest UF finisher in any tournament this season.


“I am happy for Mia and her play this week,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “She had one bad nine-hole stretch, but besides that, played great golf all weekend. It’s a real positive for this team to have our senior step up at crunch time. The team, alone, did a great job of rebounding after yesterday’s round. They hung tough all day today and never gave up. I’m proud of their toughness.”


Starting her day at one-over for the tournament, Piccio got right to work with two-straight birdies on the second and third holes to get back to red numbers for the weekend. Upon reaching the turn, the senior birdied the par five, 8th, but suffered her first bogey of the day on the ninth hole. Not letting the one drawback get her down, Piccio came right back to birdie the tenth hole and then the 13th hole to move to four-under the day and three-under for the tournament. Unfortunately, she had to write down one more bogey at the 17th, but still finished with a stellar 69 and keep herself in the top-ten. Piccio’s final scores of 69-76-69 for a 214 (-2) left her in eighth place for her second under par tournament this year.


Providing some great depth from the No. 5 spot, Young was primed for her best round of the year as she improved each day of the regional. The sophomore had an up-and-down start to her day with two birdies and a double-bogey through the first three holes, but the Canadian settled down to par out the remaining six holes on the front nine. Young was actually on pace to set a new career-low after birdies on the 10th and 15th holes, but suffered a bogey and a double-bogey on 17 and 18 to close out the day. Nonetheless, Young’s 73 set a new low for her season and gave Florida a much needed lift to stay in the top eight. Young finished the regional in a tie for 63rd with final scores of 78-75-73 for a 226 (+10).


After getting a one of a kind round to start the regional on Thursday, junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) was forced to battle back on Saturday after suffering a 78 yesterday. Ulu did exactly that in today’s final round to finish with the Gator’s second-lowest total for the regional and be one of three Gators to card a 73 on Saturday. Ulu actually didn’t have the most ideal starts to her day with three-straight bogeys on the fourth through sixth holes. Dropping to five-over for the tournament, Ulu made the turn and proceeded to hole out four birdies in a row. Holes 10 through 13 proved to be a big turning point not only for Ulu, but for the Gators as the string of birdies lifted UF into the comfortable fourth place needed to advance to the championship. Ulu ended up one-over for the day and finished the weekend tied for 20th with scores of 68-78-73 for a 219 total. The finish is her third-highest this year and second-lowest 54-hole total also.


Rounding out Florida’s lineup, freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) improved also from her day two total as she carded a one-over (73), her second-best round of the weekend for a final total of 222 (+6) to finish tied for 35th. The finish is Orehek’s third-highest this season and second top-40 finish in the last three tournaments. The 222 total is one shot off her tournament-low of 221 set back at the Bryan National Collegiate in late March.


Finally, sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain) couldn’t quite get any momentum going on the regional’s final day as finished the third round with a four-over (76) to complete the tournament with a 12-over (228) score in a tie for 75th.


Duke ended up claiming the team title with a 13-under (851) tournament total after going 12-under on the final day to beat second-place Oklahoma by six shots. Mississippi State, the only other SEC school in the field, finished in third-place at eight-over (872), while also bringing home the individual champion, Ally McDonald, who finished the three-day tournament at 10-under (206) for a five-stroke victory over Alejandra Cangrejo of Duke.


The Gators will now have to wait a couple of weeks before traveling to Athens, Ga., to take part in the 2013 NCAA Championship. The four round tournament is scheduled to run May 21-24 and be played at the UGA Golf Course. Last year, UF finished in 12th place, it’s first top-15 finish since 2006.


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2013 NCAA Central Regional Final Team Scores


Place     Team                                     Score

1              Duke                                      284-291-276=851 (-12)

2              Oklahoma                             283-286-288=857 (-7)

3              Mississippi St.                      292-299-281=872 (+8)

4              Florida                                   282-307-288=877 (+13)   

5              Arizona St.                            292-298-288=878 (+14)

6              UC Davis                               291-300-289=880 (+16)

7              Wisconsin                             292-303-288=883 (+19)

8              Michigan St.                          291-301-292=884 (+20)

9              NC State                                294-298-293=885 (+21)

10           Washington                          294-307-285=886 (+22)

11           Texas Tech                           296-295-297=888 (+24)

12           Coastal Carolina                 293-297-299=889 (+25)

13           SMU                                      296-302-300=898 (+34)

14           Wake Forest                         299-301-301=901 (+37)

15           TCU                                        290-303-309=902 (+38)

16           Iowa St.                                  294-307-302=903 (+39)                                   

17           UTSA                                     302-303-299=904 (+40)

18           Indiana                                  292-309-310=911 (+47)

19           Gonzaga                               303-309-306=918 (+54)                   

20           Campbell                              301-310-310=921 (+57)

21           Lamar                                   303-321-302=926 (+62)

22           Illinois St.                               301-318-327=946 (+82)

T23         Butler                                     305-326-321=952 (+88)

T23         Detroit                                    312-323-317=952 (+88)


2013 NCAA Central Regional Final Top 10 Individual Scores


Place     Name                                                     Score

1              Ally McDonald (Mississippi St.)        69-69-68=206 (-10)

T2           Alejandra Cangrejo (Duke)               72-69-70=211 (-5)

T2           Emily Collins (Oklahoma)                 67-70-74=211 (-5)

T2           AC Tanguay (Oklahoma)                   71-70-70=211 (-5)

5              Lindy Duncan (Duke)                         69-72-71=212 (-4)

6              Chirapat Jao-Javanil (Oklahoma)    72-70-71=213 (-3)

7              Mia Piccio (Florida)                            69-76-69=214 (-2)

T8           Courtney Ellenbogen (Duke)            73-75-67=215 (-1)

T8           Olafia Kristinsdottir (Wake Forest)   72-74-69=215 (-1)

T8           Ying Luo (Washington)                       73-74-68=215 (-1)


Florida Player Final Scores


Place     Name                                     Score

7              Mia Piccio                             69-76-69=214 (-2)

T20         Elcin Ulu                                68-78-73=219 (+3)

T35         Ursa Orehek                         71-78-73=222 (+6)

T62         Anna Young                          78-75-73=226 (+10)

T74         Camilla Hedberg                 74-78-76=228 (+12)


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