Roundup: UF men's golf ties for 4th at John Hayt
Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:09 a.m.
Due to heavy rains in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. area and extremely wet course conditions, the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational was shortened to 36 holes with yesterday's results serving as the final. The University of Florida men's golf team finished the two-round event in a four-way tie for fourth place at the Sawgrass Country Club.
As a team, Florida recorded a 587 (plus-11) at the par-72, 6,910 yard course. The host, North Florida, won the team title after shooting a 559 (-17). It matched the lowest 36-hole score in John Hayt Collegiate Invitational history. UNF's Kevin Phelan won the individual crown, as well.
Sophomore J.D. Tomlinson was the Gators' top finisher after recording a 143 (-1) for the two-day tournament. He tied for ninth place. It marked Tomlinson's fifth career top-10 finish and second of the 2012-13 season.
UF will be back in action at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas. The three-round tournament will run from March 8-10.
WOMEN'S GOLF: One day after having their second round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitational cancelled and then learning that the tournament would be shortened to a 36-hole event, the third-ranked Gators were able string enough pars and birdies together to finish tied for 10th with a score of 20-over (596).
The top-ten finish is Florida's seventh-straight as it has never placed below 10th in any tournament this year. Individually, senior Isabelle Lendl and sophomore Camilla Hedberg were the top Gator finishers as they both tied for 13th place with total scores of two-over (146).
“It was a tough day for us,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “The conditions were difficult, but we didn't do much to help ourselves either. We haven't played in much bad weather this year and we need to do a better job of staying tough when conditions like this arise. Days like this require a lot of patience. We got off to a slow start against and weren't able to get anything going through the remainder of the round.”
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Florida senior Lauren Embree is the No. 1-ranked singles player in the country, according to the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings released Tuesday.
This is the first time in her career the Gator standout has topped the national singles rankings, having been ranked as high as No. 4 in the Feb. 12, 2013 listing and in the Fall of 2010 chart.
Embree joins current Gator teammate Sofie Oyen as Gators who have achieved the No. 1 singles rankings.
The first ranking of January 2013 was the first time in her career Oyen sat atop the national singles rankings.
Embree is the 11th different Gator since the 1988 season to earn the No. 1 singles ranking, joining Halle Cioffe, Nicole Arendt, Lisa Raymond, Jill Craybas, Jessica Lehnhoff, Alexis Gordon, Jennifer Magley, Sofie Oyen, Diana Srebrovic and Allie Will.