Women's Golf Tied for Third After Opening Round of Tar Heel Invitational

By: UF Sports Communications
By: UF Sports Communications

Chapel Hill, NC - The UF women’s golf team is in a tie for third
place at the end of the first round of the 35th-annual Tar Heel
Invitational. The Gators recorded a team score of 288 (E) at the par-72,
6,285-yard UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.

“We put up a decent score but I feel like we are scratching the
surface with this team,” Florida Head Coach Jan Dowling said. “We
just hung in there all day. It was a grind for the team. The par-5’s I
feel like we could have played a little bit better and we would have
been under par for sure.”

The Gators were led by junior Evan Jensen (Belleair, Fla.) who
completed her day tied for eighth overall after posting a two-under 70.
Jensen made bogey at No. 10 to begin her round but recovered nicely with back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12. After a bogey on 14, she bounced back with three pars followed by a birdie on 18 to get to one-under at the turn. Jensen went birdie-bogey on 1 and 2 and finished the round with six pars and a birdie on the par-3 eighth.

Despite her position on the leaderboard, she was not completely
satisfied though Dowling was pleased with her performance.

“I played really steady,” Jensen stated. “I did not birdie any of
the par-5’s and I should be able to do that since they are not that
long but I have been hitting the ball pretty well.”

“Evan is a great ball-striker and she stays very even-keel,”
Dowling said. “She never gets too high or too low and I think that is
a huge key to her consistency.”

Sophomore Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) returned to the lineup after
not playing in the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship two weeks ago and had a successful return as she carded a 71 (-1) and is tied for 13th overall. Lendl made a statement immediately with a birdie on her opening hole. She added another on 15 and finished the back nine at two under par. Her lone bogey of the day came on No. 1 and she completed her round with eight pars in a row.

“I am very happy for Isabelle,” Dowling said. “She was our
second-lowest scorer and she was under par all day. The stretch of holes where she didn’t hit it so great (on 16, 17 and 18), she ground out
some good pars. I was impressed.”

Senior Jessica Yadloczky (Casselberry, Fla.) made par her first three
holes and went bogey-birdie on 13 and 14. After a double bogey on 17,
Yadloczky recovered by sinking birdies on the first , third and fourth
holes to get to one-under before making her second double bogey of the
afternoon on the fifth. She headed to the clubhouse on a positive note
however, by burying a birdie putt on her final hole of the round.

“She had a couple of bogeys but she didn’t let it bother her,”
Dowling noted. “She showed a lot of composure. She putted great today
and she hit it pretty well and gave herself some opportunities to make
some birdies and she took advantage.”

Sophomore Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) was steady early,
making five consecutive pars before a bogey on 15. Another bogey on 18 had her at two-over through nine. The Philippines native resumed her
consistent play by making eight straight pars before making a bogey on
her final hole to finish with a three-over 75, placing her in a tie for
54th.

Junior Andrea Watts (Bradenton, Fla.) finished the afternoon tied for
54th overall after shooting a three-over 75. Watts birdied her first
hole but found trouble soon after as she bogeyed 11 and 15 and double
bogeyed 14. She birdied the par-5 17th but fell back to four-over after
bogeys on Nos. 1 and 5 before finishing the round with three pars and a
birdie on the par-3 eighth.

Watts will begin play for Florida in the second round of the Tar Heel
Invitational at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. She will be followed by Mia Piccio
at 9:54, Jessica Yadloczky at 10:03, Isabelle Lendl at 10:12 and Evan
Jensen at 10:21.

Visit www.golfstat.com or www.TarHeelBlue.com for live scoring and
www.GatorZone.com for a recap and updated results.

Team Scores After Round 1
Place School Score
1. Alabama 277 (-11)
2. LSU 285 (-3)
T3. Duke 288 (E)
T3. Florida 288 (E)
T5. Tulane 289 (+1)
T5. Michigan State 289 (+1)
7. Virginia 290 (+2)
T8. South Carolina 291 (+3)
T8. Wake Forest 291 (+3)
10. Texas A&M 292 (+4)
11. Auburn 293 (+5)
12. North Carolina 294 (+6)
13. Georgia 295 (+7)
14. Vanderbilt 298 (+10)
T15. Florida State 299 (+11)
T15. Denver 299 (+11)
17. Louisville 301 (+13)
18. North Carolina State 302 (+14)

Individual Top 10 Through Round 1
Place Player (School)
Score
1. Brooke Pancake (Alabama) 65
(-7)
T2. Janine Fellows (Tulane) 67 (-5)
T2. Megan McChrystal (LSU) 67 (-5)
4. Brittany Altomare (Virginia) 68
(-4)
T5. Camilla Lennarth (Alabama) 69
(-3)
T5. Julia Thead (Vanderbilt) 69
(-3)
T5. Sarah Zwartynski (Texas A&M) 69 (-3)
T8. Courtney Gunter (North Carolina) 70 (-2)
T8. Evan Jensen (Florida) 70 (-2)
T8. Sara-Maude Juneau (Louisville) 70 (-2)
T8. Brittany Marchand (North Carolina State) 70 (-2)
T8. Aimee Neff (Michigan State) 70
(-2)

Florida Results After Round 1
Place Player Score
T8. Evan Jensen 70 (-2)
T13. Isabelle Lendl 71 (-1)
T24. Jessica Yadloczky 72 (E)
T54. Mia Piccio 75 (+3)
T54. Andrea Watts 75 (+3)


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