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Tuesday May 21, 2013Piccio and Hedberg Fire One-Over Scores to Lead Gator Women On First Day of NCAA Championship

Athens, Ga.

Competing in its 24th NCAA Championship all-time, the No. 9 University of Florida women’s golf completed its first round of play at the 2013 NCAA Championships at the UGA Golf Course with an 11-over (299) to be in a tie for 15th-place heading into the second round.

 

“It’s not the most typical start we wanted,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “Mia (Piccio) and Camill (Hedberg) did play well today, but it was tough finding birdies out there today and I thought they did a good job of staying patient. We’ll just need a little bit of help tomorrow from the rest of the team and show the depth that we have. In team golf, you need everybody to come ready to play, especially in the national championship and that’s what we’ll be looking for tomorrow.”

 

Only seven birdies found their way onto Gator scorecards as the hilly Georgia golf course didn’t yield many birdies for all teams. Former champions, San Jose State and Southern California lead the way after day one with a four-under (284), while SJSU also holds on to the individual leader, Regan De Guzman, who shot a five-under (67), a career-best to lead by two strokes. Along with the Spartans, only three other teams compiled an even par or better team score after the tournament’s first day.

 

Trying to carry over momentum from her top-ten finish at the NCAA Central Regional, senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) brought in one of the most consistent rounds of the day. Piccio pared 11-straight holes before bogeying the par four, second hole and, for a time, was steady in the top-20 at even par. The senior ended up getting her first birdie on the par four, sixth hole, but scored a bogey on the next hole to drop back to one-over where she finished up to be in a tie for 33rd individually.

 

Also in a tie for 33rd is sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), who carded the best Gator round on Tuesday along with Piccio. Looking to make a statement in only her second NCAA Championship of her collegiate career, Hedberg had a more up-and-down day with four bogeys and three birdies. The Spaniard was two-under after seven holes and in the mix of the top-five, but suffered a bogey right before the turn and then bogeyed two of her first three holes of her second nine.

 

Hedberg rebounded well to birdie the par five, seventh and nearly birdied the ninth to get back to red numbers. However, the 15-footer for birdie just missed to the left and the comebacker for par lipped out, forcing Hedberg to write down her fourth bogey of the day and drop her to one-over. The round of 73 is still three shots better than her first round at last year’s NCAA Championships. Last year after carding a first round 76, Hedberg came back to fire a 69 on the second day. With 14 players tied for sixth at one-under, only two shots separate Hedberg and Piccio from the top-ten.

 

As for the rest of the UF team, the bottom three players combined for a 17-over score and only had three birdies between them for the first 18 of the week. In her first NCAA Championship of her young collegiate career, freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) brought in a four-over (76) to be in a tie for 76th after the first day. Orehek had a slow start to her day with four bogeys after seven holes, but seemed to right the ship after a birdie on the 18th and then another on No. 2 to get back to two-over. The freshman did write down two more bogeys on her second nine, but was able to minimize the damage to finish at four-over.

 

Junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) and sophomore Anna Young (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) have some work to do after their first rounds as Ulu shot a five-over (77), while young had the high score of the day for the Gators with an eight-over (80). Ulu finished in a tie for 89th and Young is in a tie for 116th going into round two.

 

The first tee times of Wednesday’s second round are scheduled for 7:33 a.m., while Florida’s first player will tee off at 8:28 a.m. on the first hole of the UGA Golf Course. Live scores will be available on GolfStat.com. A full recap with complete results can be found on GatorZone.com following the completion of Tuesday’s round.

 

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2013 NCAA Championships Team Scores After Round 1

 

Place     Team                                     Score

T1           San Jose St.                         284 (-4)

T1           Southern Cal                        284 (-4)

3              Duke                                      286 (-2)

4              Alabama                               288 (E)

T5           UCLA                                     289 (+1)

T5           Purdue                                   289 (+1)

7              Stanford                                290 (+2)

8              Oklahoma                             291 (+3)

9              Arizona St.                            293 (+5)

10           Tulane                                   295 (+7)

11           Arkansas                               296 (+8)

T12         Michigan St.                          298 (+10)

T12         Arizona                                  298 (+10)

T12         Northwestern                        298 (+10)

T15         Texas                                     299 (+11)

T15         UC Davis                               299 (+11)

T15         Florida                                   299 (+11)

T15         Vanderbilt                             299 (+11)                             

19           Mississippi St.                      300 (+12)

T20         Wisconsin                             301 (+13)

T20         Oregon                                  301 (+13)

22           Oklahoma St.                       303 (+15)

23           South Carolina                     304 (+16)

24           Auburn                                   305 (+17)

 

 

2013 NCAA Championships Top 10 Individual Scores After Round 1

 

Place     Name                                                     Score

1              Regan De Guzman (SJSU)               67 (-5)

T2           Celine Boutier (Duke)                         69 (-3)

T2           Stephanie Meadow (Alabama)        69 (-3)

T4           Ally McDonald (Miss. St.)                   70 (-2)

T4           Annie Park (Southern Cal)                70 (-2)

T6           Mariko Tumangan (Stanford)           71 (-1)

T6           Erynne Lee (UCLA)                            71 (-1)

T6           Lauren Kim (Stanford)                       71 (-1)

T6           Suchaya Tangkamolprasert (NW)   71 (-1)

T6           Sophia Popov (Southern Cal)           71 (-1)

T6           Laetitia Beck (Duke)                           71 (-1)

T6           Rachel Morris (Southern Cal)           71 (-1)

T6           Emma Talley (Alabama)                   71 (-1)

T6           Jenny Hahn (Vanderbilt)                    71 (-1)

T6           Taylor Schmidt (Oklahoma)              71 (-1)

T6           Gemma Dryburgh (Tulane)               71 (-1)

T6           Paula Reto (Purdue)                           71 (-1)

T6           Emily Collins (Oklahoma)                 71 (-1)

T6           Aurora Kan (Purdue)                          71 (-1)

 

Florida PlayerScores After Round 1

 

Place     Name                                     Score

T33         Mia Piccio                             73 (+1)

T33         Camilla Hedberg                 73 (+1)

T76         Ursa Orehek                         76 (+4)

T89         Elcin Ulu                                77 (+5)

T116       Anna Young                          80 (+8)

 

 

 

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