Sunday January 26, 2014Florida Women's Golf Tees Off the Spring at the 2014 Florida Challenge
The No. 16 Florida women’s golf team has the opportunity to make a statement early in the spring season for the second year in a row.
The Gators take on the spring in Lecanto, Fla., tomorrow to compete against in-state schools at the Florida Challenge, hosted by University of South Florida, for the second-straight year. Florida took the title by nine strokes last year and returns the 2013 individual champion, junior Camilla Hedberg, to Black Diamond Ranch Golf Course.
The tournament is being held at the par-72, 6,050-yard Black Diamond Ranch Golf Course on Monday, Jan. 27.
Monday: Shotgun start 8:10 a.m., 36 holes
· Maria Torres: With a 72.3 stroke average in the fall, Torres earned her way to the top of the Florida rotation for the first time in her collegiate career.
· Ursa Orehek: After playing just three rounds in fall 2013, Orehek is ready to start off the spring and improve on her performance at the 2013 Florida Challenge, which she shot 155 (+11).
· Elcin Ulu: Ulu will make her senior season debut on the course on Monday. Ulu placed T3 individually at the event last year, shooting a 146 (+2) overall, and is eager to contend again.
· Karolina Vlckova: Vlckova was one of just two Gators to participate in every round of the fall, finishing with a stroke average of 73.4. She continues her streak at the Florida Challenge.
· Katie Mitchell: Tallying a team-high seven under-par rounds in fall, Mitchell kept it up and placed T5 at the Sally South Atlantic Amateur tournament over the holidays. She’s back and ready for 2014 in the Orange and Blue.
· Camilla Hedberg: Hedberg is the returning individual champion to Black Diamond as she fired an under-par score for the event (143) in 2013. She will compete as an individual this year.
Head Coach Emily Glaser Says: “The Florida Challenge is a great way for us to start the spring season. Black Diamond is a great track and our team has had success there before. We have a couple players in the lineup that didn't see much action in the fall, so I know they are especially excited to compete. We will play 36 holes in one day, which we don't do often. The key to these types of events is to stay even and mentally tough all day.”
Tournament Field (Golf World/WGCA Coaches’ Poll rankings):
Follow the Gators: Play will begin tomorrow with the first groups starting at 8:10 a.m. A complete recap with results will be posted on GatorZone.com following the day’s play.