Friday July 19, 2013Florida Women's Golf 2013-14 Tournament Schedule Released
Head coach Emily Bastel (Upper Sandusky, Ohio) and the Florida women’s golf team revealed their 2013-14 schedule this week. The Gators will participate in five tournaments that they played in last year, taking on two new courses.
Florida returns five golfers this season – senior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey), juniors Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain) and Anna Young (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada), redshirt sophomore
Katie Mitchell (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) and sophomore Ursa Orehek (Domenzale, Slovenia) – while welcoming three newcomers in junior transfer Sarah Schober (Leibnitz, Austria) and freshmen Maria Torres (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) and Karolina Vlckova (Unhošť, Czech Republic).
The Orange and Blue open the fall season, Sept. 8-10, at the College of Charleston’s Cougar Classic. The team excelled early last year, placing first overall at the event. Hedberg led the team and took first place individually, shooting an impressive 13-under (203).
Following their trip to Charleston, S.C., the Gators travel to Chicago, Ill., for the Windy City Invitational, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. This two-day event hosted by Northwestern University takes place at Northmoor Country Club and is a new challenge for the Florida team.
A few weeks later, Oct. 11-13, Florida will play in the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. Last year at the tournament, recent Gator graduate Isabelle Lendl took home first place, finishing a notable six-under (210). Florida will wrap up the 2013 fall season at a new contest: the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, Texas at Briggs Ranch Golf Course.
“We have a great schedule this year,” Bastel said. “We will play in different parts of the country, see various course conditions and the fields we will face at each event are very strong. The schedule will help immensely in preparing us for the postseason next spring.”
The team returns in 2014 to Black Diamond Ranch for their second-straight appearance at the Florida Challenge in Lecanto, Fla. In the spring, the Gators took first place at the local event highlighted by Hedberg bringing home her second victory of her sophomore year, sharing the title by finishing one-under (143) for the tournament. Ulu also had a stellar performance at the challenge, tying for third and shooting just two-over (146).
The Gators then travel to the Golden State, Feb. 9-11, to play its 14th straight year at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. Florida placed fifth overall their last trip to the Palos Verdes Golf Club, with Hedberg finishing in the top-10. The team will then wrap up the month of February at the English Turn Golf Club with the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La., Feb. 23-25. The tournament, hosted by Tulane University, is another familiar competition that the team will play in for the fourth-straight year.
As March begins, the Florida women’s golf team returns home to host the SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational, March 14-16. 2014 marks the 42nd annual tournament on Mark Bostick Golf Course, known for hosting some of the best college golf squads in the country. Last year, the Gators fell just short of taking the title and finished third (870) at their home course, a mere five shots back of the champion, Alabama (865).
To close out the regular season, the Gators will visit Greensboro, N.C., for the second-consecutive year to play at the Bryan National Collegiate, March 28-30.
The Gators begin postseason play facing all SEC-foes at the 2014 SEC Championship in Birmingham, Ala., at Greystone Golf and Country Club. The season concludes with the NCAA Regional Championship, official location and date to be determined, followed by the NCAA Championship in Tulsa, Okla., at the Tulsa Country Club, May 20-23.