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Thursday May 23, 2013Piccio Shoots Two-Over To Lead Gators In Third Round of NCAA Women's Golf Championship

Athens, Ga.

Photo courtesy of Tim Cowie.

Senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) was the lowest Gator for the second time this week after a third round three-over (75), her second-straight 75 at this championship. However, the No. 9 University of Florida women’s golf team was not able to sustain some momentum on the third day of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship to combine for a 17-over (305) at the UGA Golf Course in Athens, Ga. The third round is UF’s highest round of the week and brings them to 38-over (902) for the tournament.


Southern California still holds the top spot in the team standings at 19-under (845), while their own Annie Park is also leading the individual leaderboard at nine-under (207).


For Piccio, it looked like she would card UF’s first under-par round of the week as she was one-under with four holes to go. Unfortunately, the senior played the final holes four-over for the 75. After bogeying the 15th and 17th holes, Piccio double-bogeyed the par three, 16th, but did end on a good note with a birdie at the par five, 18th hole. Piccio will go into tomorrow’s final round at seven-over as the Gators’ highest placed player.


“We’re just making too many silly mistakes,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “We were doing a lot of things right, but we’re beating ourselves with silly mistakes that are easily correctable. If we can fix that, we’ll be ahead of the game because we’ve been doing a lot of the difficult things well. We just need to analyze what we’re doing wrong and try to build some momentum to end on a high note before these girls go into their summer play and into next fall. We’d like to finish on a strong note tomorrow.”


Freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) tied Piccio for the low Gator round on Thursday with a three-over (75). It is Orehek’s second-straight day to card the Gators’ lowest round and all in her first NCAA Championship appearance. The freshman hovered around even par for much of the front nine before bogeying the par three, 8th hole, but then went three-over on the next eight holes to drop to four-over. Orehek was able to finish on a high note, like Piccio, and birdie the 18th after a beautiful approach shot that she stuck within three feet. Orehek is currently eight-over for the tournament and with a good round tomorrow, could have a top-three season-low tournament score.


After getting three rounds of improvements yesterday, more of the opposite happened for the remaining three Florida players. Sophomore Anna Young (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) did shoot a second-straight 78 (+6) to tie for her lowest score of the week. However, her score tied with junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) for the highest Gator rounds on Thursday. Ulu carded her highest score of the week as no birdies found her scorecard. Ulu will start the final round at 14-over, while Young will be at 20-over.


Sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain) had her most up-and-down day of the week after a five-over (77), her highest of the tournament. The sophomore actually sat at one-over for the day after a birdie on the par four, 10th, but then suffered two-straight bogeys on 11 and 12 before double-bogeying the par three, 16th. That 16th hole proved to be UF’s toughest hole today as three double-bogeys, one bogey and one par were scored for Florida on that hole alone. Hedberg currently sits at nine-over for the tournament and will be the third Gator off the tee tomorrow.


“I see our girls doing a lot of positive things,” Bastel said. “I think our first-year girls have vastly improved certain aspects of their game since they got on campus last fall. We can’t neglect all the small details that make you play well and win national championships. We’ve just been getting in our own way, which can be frustrating because I know these girls work hard. We’ll discuss tonight, try to correct the mistakes and see what we can do tomorrow.”  


Young will be the first Gator to tee off tomorrow morning at 7:33 a.m. on the tenth tee. Ulu, Hedberg, Orehek and Piccio will follow after that for their fourth rounds.


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2013 NCAA Championship Team Scores After Round 3


Place     Team                                     Score

1              Southern Cal                        284-276-285 (-19)

2              Duke                                      286-289-287 (-2)

T3           Purdue                                   289-289-295 (+9)

T3           Alabama                               288-284-301 (+9)

T3           UCLA                                     289-287-297 (+9)

6              Arizona St.                            293-287-296 (+12)

7              Stanford                                290-288-301 (+15)

8              Tulane                                   295-289-297 (+17)

T9           Oklahoma                             291-291-300 (+18)

T9           Auburn                                   305-292-285 (+18)

T9           San Jose St.                         284-303-295 (+18)

12           Michigan St.                          298-291-298 (+23)

T13         UC Davis                               299-297-294 (+26)

T13         Arizona                                  298-295-297 (+26)

T15         Arkansas                               296-293-302 (+27)

T15         Northwestern                        298-293-300 (+27)

17           Oregon                                  301-295-297 (+29)

18           Mississippi St.                      300-302-292 (+30)                             

19           Vanderbilt                             299-289-307 (+31)

20           Oklahoma St.                       303-300-294 (+33)

21           Texas                                     299-295-304 (+34)

22           South Carolina                     304-305-292 (+37)

23           Florida                                   299-298-305 (+38)

24           Wisconsin                             301-309-297 (+43)


2013 NCAA Championship Top 10 Individual Scores After Round 3


Place     Name                                                     Score

1              Annie Park (Southern Cal)                70-67-70 (-9)

T2           Ally McDonald (Miss. St.)                   70-69-70 (-7)

T2           Stephanie Meadow (Alabama)        69-67-73 (-7)

4              Kyung Kim (Southern Cal)                74-69-69 (-4)

T5           Celine Boutier (Duke)                         69-73-71 (-3)

T5           Noemi Jimenez (Arizona St.)            73-68-72 (-3)

T7           Lindy Duncan (Duke)                         72-71-71 (-2)

T7           Erynee Lee (UCLA)                            71-70-73 (-2)

T7           Paula Reto (Purdue)                           71-73-70 (-2)

T7           Mariah Stackhouse (Stanford)          72-68-74 (-2)


Florida PlayerScores After Round 3


Place     Name                                     Score

T50         Mia Piccio                             73-75-75 (+7)

T55         Ursa Orehek                         76-73-75 (+8)

T61         Camilla Hedberg                 73-75-77 (+9)

T99         Elcin Ulu                                77-75-78 (+14)

120         Anna Young                          80-78-78 (+20)




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