Women's golf tied for 15th at NCAAs


Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:04 p.m.

ATHENS, Ga. — Competing in its 24th NCAA Championship all-time, the No. 9 Florida women’s golf team completed its first round of play at the 2013 NCAA Championships at the UGA Golf Course with an 11-over (299) to be in a tie for 15th-place heading into the second round.

“It’s not the most typical start we wanted,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “Mia (Piccio) and Camill (Hedberg) did play well today, but it was tough finding birdies out there today and I thought they did a good job of staying patient. We’ll just need a little bit of help tomorrow from the rest of the team and show the depth that we have. In team golf, you need everybody to come ready to play, especially in the national championship and that’s what we’ll be looking for tomorrow.”

Only seven birdies found their way onto Gator scorecards as the hilly Georgia golf course didn’t yield many birdies for all teams. Former champions, San Jose State and Southern California lead the way after day one with a four-under (284), while SJSU also holds on to the individual leader, Regan De Guzman, who shot a five-under (67), a career-best to lead by two strokes. Along with the Spartans, only three other teams compiled an even par or better team score after the tournament’s first day.

Trying to carry over momentum from her top-ten finish at the NCAA Central Regional, senior Mia Piccio brought in one of the most consistent rounds of the day. Piccio pared 11-straight holes before bogeying the par four, second hole and, for a time, was steady in the top-20 at even par. The senior ended up getting her first birdie on the par four, sixth hole, but scored a bogey on the next hole to drop back to one-over where she finished up to be in a tie for 33rd individually.

Also in a tie for 33rd is sophomore Camilla Hedberg, who carded the best Gator round on Tuesday along with Piccio. Looking to make a statement in only her second NCAA Championship of her collegiate career, Hedberg had a more up-and-down day with four bogeys and three birdies. The Spaniard was two-under after seven holes and in the mix of the top-five, but suffered a bogey right before the turn and then bogeyed two of her first three holes of her second nine.

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