UF women's golf tied for second at Northrop Grumman

Published: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 10:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:04 a.m.

PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Wasting no time in its first tournament in nearly two weeks, the third-ranked University of Florida women's golf team is tied for second place after the first round of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. Leading the charge was none other than sophomore Camilla Hedberg and senior Mia Piccio who both carded even par (71) rounds to finish the first day tied for second also on the individual board.

Looking for a possible fourth medalist honor of the year, it was no surprise to see Hedberg's name near the top of the leaderboard, but for Piccio, coming off an individual win at the Lady Bulldog Individual Championship a week ago, it was exactly what the Gators needed to stay near the top of the board with still two rounds to play.

As a team, UF shot six-over (290) and is tied with fourth-ranked Duke. UCLA leads all teams with a first round four-over (288). Top-ranked Southern Cal sits in fourth at 14-over and Texas rounds out the top five at 15-over.

Along with Oregon, Florida is one of two teams to have multiple players in the top-five of the individual standings. Duke's Alejandra Cangrejo sits alone at the top after a 1-under (70) through the first 18 holes.

“I am proud of the team today,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “The course played tough and the conditions were challenging. We did a good job of staying patient and making minimal mistakes. We'll make a few adjustments for tomorrow and play hard these next few days.”

The 71 for Hedberg is her 11th even or under par round this year out of a possible 15 rounds. Starting on the tenth hole, the Spainiard stayed fairly consistent through the first eight holes, birdieing the par-four 12th, but then pulling back even with a bogey at No. 14. After staying even at the turn, Hedberg rolled off two straight birdies at No. 1 and No. 2 and looked to be getting on a roll, but then came back even again with two straight bogeys on the very next two holes.

After claiming her first collegiate victory at the Lady Bulldog Championship last week, Piccio was coming in to this week with plenty of confidence and didn't disappoint. Also starting on the tenth hole, the senior actually had a little trouble getting started after a double-bogey on No. 12 to fall to two-over. However, birdies on No. 14 and the par-five 16th, got her back to even at the turn. Piccio suffered her second over par hole at No. 1, but then stay Gators finished the first day of play with four golfers in the top-20 as senior Isabelle Lendl and sophomore Anna Young both shot scores of 3-over (74) to go in to Tuesday tied for 19th. Young actually had three birdies on the day, which was second-most for the team, but suffered six bogeys as well. Lendl only had one birdie in relation to four bogeys, but finished her round seven straight pars.

Finally, after a great showing at the Florida Challenge, junior Elcin Ulu was looking to keep the great play going, but was not able to get any good rolls as she was forced to pencil in two double-bogeys, three bogeys and only one birdie, which was at the par-three sixth hole. Ulu is currently tied for 60th at eight-over (79).

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