Thursday October 10, 2013No. 5 Gator Women Face Tough Field for the Second-Straight Year at the Tar Heel Invite
The fifth-ranked Florida women’s golf team travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., this weekend to compete at the 2013 Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational for the second-consecutive fall. Last year, the Gators finished in ninth place out of 18 teams competing, with former Gator Isabelle Lendl bringing home the individual title.
This weekend, Florida will face another strong field and is one of 12 top-25 ranked programs competing at the event. The Gators return to the Tar Heel Invite looking to improve on last year’s finish.
The tournament is being held at the par-72, 6,285-yard UNC Finley Golf Course. This is a three-day (Oct. 11-13), 54-hole tournament with 18 holes to be played each day.
Friday: 8:51 a.m.
Saturday: 8:51 a.m.
Sunday: Shotgun start at 9:15 a.m.
· Karolina Vlckova: Making her third appearance in the top half of the Gator rotation, Vlckova will lead off the team at UNC Finley this weekend.
· Sarah Schober: Coming off a strong debut in orange and blue, Schober proved herself at the Windy City Collegiate and earned her spot in this weekend’s lineup.
· Maria Torres: In her second tournament of the fall, Torres is ready to take on the high level of competition at the Tar Heel Invitational.
· Katie Mitchell: Teeing off in the fourth spot for Florida, Mitchell joins Vlckova and Young as one of only three team members to participate in all three tournaments so far this fall.
· Camilla Hedberg: Hedberg is one of two Gators to return to the Tar Heel Invitational. She shot a steady 75-70-77 (+6) last year and placed T19 individually.
· *Anna Young: Competing as an individual this year, Young returns to Chapel Hill aiming to progress on the course after her finish (+29) from 2012.
* - denotes competing as an individual
SEC Showdown: Facing a fierce field overall, Florida will also compete against seven SEC-foes, four of which are ranked in the top-25: No. 2 Alabama, No. 8 Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, No. 24 South Carolina, No. 19 Vanderbilt.
Head Coach Emily Glaser Says: “UNC hosts a great event on a challenging golf course. The field is strong with many SEC teams participating. We have been talking a lot since Chicago about course management and eliminating mistakes. Those will be a few of our goals going into this week.”
Tournament Field (Golf World/WGCA Coaches’ Poll rankings):
Michigan State (20)
North Carolina (15)
NC State (14)
South Carolina (24)
Follow the Gators: Play will begin tomorrow with the first groups teeing off at 8:51 a.m. Live scoring will be available on www.GoHeels.com and BirdieFire.com. A complete recap with results will be posted on GatorZone.com following the day’s play.