Saturday February 8, 2014Ready to Face a Talented Field, Gators Travel West for Northrop Grumman Regional
Palos Verdes, Calif.
Palos Verdes, Calif.
The No. 16 Florida women’s golf squad is one of 13 top-25 Division I women’s golf teams, including top-ranked USC and No. 2 UCLA, competing in the 2014 Northrop Grumman Regional starting tomorrow. The Gators took home a solid fifth-place finish out of 16 teams last year and aim for a top spot in the upcoming days.
Florida returns senior Elcin Ulu and junior Camilla Hedberg, who placed in the top-10 individually at the 2013 Northrop Grumman Regional, to the course. The upperclassmen will lead the team at Palos Verdes Golf Club.
The tournament is being held at the par-71, 6,017-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club, Feb. 9-11.
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. off of holes #1 and #10, 18 holes
Monday: 11:30 a.m. off of holes #1 and #10, 18 holes
Tuesday: Shotgun start at 11 a.m., 18 holes
(All times Eastern)
· Elcin Ulu: With a fourth-place finish in her senior-season debut, Ulu will take on Palos Verdes in the No. 1 slot for the Gators. Ulu finished the 2013 Northrop Grumman event 79-83-75 (+24).
· Camilla Hedberg: A top-10 individual in 2013, Hedberg shot a final six-over, giving the two-time All-American the experience to take on Palos Verdes with confidence for the second year in a row.
· Maria Torres: A solid competitor for the UF squad, Torres started the spring with competitive rounds of 74-76 at the Florida Challenge. Torres looks to improve in the California event tomorrow.
· Katie Mitchell: Mitchell remains one of two Gators to compete in all contests for Florida, including her top-20 individual finish at the Florida Challenge in January.
· Karolina Vlckova: Vlckova continues her streak of playing in every event as a freshman Gator, earning the final team spot in the rotation.
· Sarah Schober: Competing as an individual at Palos Verdes, Schober will tee off for the first time this spring. Schober fired a personal-best round of 67 and team-low 72.3 stroke average in the fall for the Orange and Blue.
Head Coach Emily Glaser Says: “We are excited to compete again. This is a great event, a challenging golf course and a very strong field. The girls have been working hard the last few weeks and our goal for this event is to get involved in the process and trust what we have been working on.”
Tournament Field (Golf World/WGCA Coaches’ Poll rankings):
Arizona State (8)
Michigan State (19)
North Carolina (24)
Oklahoma State (7)
Wake Forest (25)
Follow the Gators: Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com. A complete recap with results will be posted on GatorZone.com following the day’s play.