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    Saturday SEC Golf Roundup

    Auburn Ladies Move into Tie for Fourth at Bryan National

    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Junior Marta Sanz carded a 3-under 69 in the second round of the Bryan National Collegiate, helping the No. 28-ranked Tigers move in to a tie for fourthplace after 36 holes. Sanz and fellow junior Diana Fernandez are both in the top 10, individually.
     
    Hosted by Wake Forest and North Carolina-Greensboro, the Bryan National Collegiate is a 54-hole tournament played at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center Champions Course in Greensboro, N.C. The par 72 course is playing at 6,386 yards for the tournament.
     
    Sanz is tied for fifth with an even par 144 after carding 3-under 69 in the second round with two birdies and an eagle. Fernandez is one stroke away after carding a 2-over 74 to be at 1-over 145 for the tournament and tied for ninth.
     
    "Marta stepped up today and made a statement," said head coach Kim Evans. "We are seeing improvement as a team and are looking forward to continuing tomorrow."
     
    Freshman Jamie Yun carded a 5-over 77 and is tied for 43rd with a 7-over 151 in the tournament, and senior Carlie Yadloczky is tied for 61st at 11-over 155 following a second-round 5-over 77. Sophomore Victoria Trapani carded a 7-over 79 in the second round to be tied for 85th with an 18-over 162.
     
    Virginia is in first place for the tournament at 2-under 574 and nine strokes ahead of second place Arkansas, who has carded a 7-over 583 for the tournament. Vanderbilt is in third with a 10-over 586, while Georgia and Auburn are tied for fourth with 19-over 595s.
     
    Individually, Virginia's Brittany Altomare is in the lead with a 4-under 140, and Georgia's Emilie Burger is in second at 2-under 142. Virginia's Elizabeth Brightwell and Arkansas's Gabriela Lopez share third place with 1-under 143s, and a four-way tie for fifth is shared among Auburn's Sanz, Arkansas's Emily Tubert South Carolina's Sarah Schmelzel and Vanderbilt's Rene Sobolewski with even par 144s.
     
    The final round begins with a shotgun start on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. CT. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.



    Tennessee In Fourth At Bryant National Collegiate

    GREENSBORO, N.C.-- After the first round of action at the Bryan National Collegiate, the Lady Vol golf team is in 14th place. Tennessee ended the day with a 306 card (+18).
     
    "The conditions today were really good, probably the nicest day we've played in this spring," head coach Judi Pavon said. "As a team we had didn't score very well. We putted well last weekend at LSU, but struggled on the greens today."
     
    Senior Erica Popson leads the Lady Vols in a tie for 24th at 2-over par 74. Popson recorded four birdies through the first round. Sophomore Daeun Song follows in a tie for 33rd at 3-over 75. Sophomore AJ Newell sits in a tie for 64th with a 78 (+6) card and junior Chessey Thomas rounds out UT's counted scores at 7-over 79. Senior 4th Sara Monberg is in a tie for 84th at 11-over.
     
    "Erica had a tough start, but finished with a couple birdies to turn in a decent round," Pavon said. "Daeun played pretty well today too."
     
    Leading the field is No. 15 Virginia after firing a 7-under 281 card. No. 7 Vanderbilt (286) follows in second and No. 9 North Carolina (294) and No. 6 Arkansas (294) are tied for third. South Carolina (296) sits in fifth with No. 2 Duke (297) and Wake Forest (297) tied for sixth. Auburn (298) and Michigan State (298) are tied for eighth and No. 23 NC State (300) and No. 19 Georgia (300) round out the top 10, tied for 10th. Louisville and No. 5 Florida follow in a tie for 12th, while Florida State (307), UNC-Wilmington (311) and UNC-Greensboro (316) complete the standings.
     
    Virginia's Elizabeth Brightwell is atop the individual standings at 4-under 68.


    Lopez third, Razorbacks second at Bryan National

    BROWN’S SUMMIT, N.C. – Gabriela Lopez and Emily Tubert shot second round 71s leading the sixth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team up one spot into second place after second round action at Bryan National Collegiate in Brown’s Summit, N.C., Saturday.

    Arkansas finished with a field-best one-over 289 shaving five strokes off of yesterday’s score and is in the clubhouse with a 583.  The Razorbacks trail No. 15 Virginia who is nine-strokes better with 574.  The Razorback’s 289 was three-better than the next team score.

    “It was just a really great group effort today,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said.  “They were hungry to come out and improve on yesterday and they came out with a more of an attack mindset and we did a good job of getting us back in the hunt.

    “Emily hung in there to finish at one-under and for Gaby to just continue to play well is great to see,” Estes-Taylor continued.  “The way Regina (Plasencia) played today was great as well.  Her score was big for us.  Our two freshmen are really doing a great job for us this week.   Overall, it was an entire team effort.  All five of them fought really hard for every shot and put us in a position to commit to our process and hit one shot at a time.  Tomorrow we’ll go out and give it all we’ve got.”

    Lopez and Tubert’s 71s were tied for the third best round on the day and both players moved up several spots on the leaderboard.  Lopez is tied for third with 143 (72-71) and she is just three strokes back of the leader.

    Lopez opened the day on the first tee box and birdied her first hole.  She would then shot eight consecutive pars to turn one-under.  Lopez picked up the second of her three birdies on the 10th hole moving to two-under, where she would stay until the 14th hole.  Lopez finished with two bogeys and a birdie to finish at one-under.

    Tubert moved up 10 spots from a tie for 15th into a tie for fifth with a 144 (73-71).  The Burbank, Calif., native turned plus-one and rallied on the second nine.  Tubert posted back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th holes moving one-under which is how she would finish.

    Plasencia moved into a tie for 20th overall with a 148.  Plasencia has rounds of 75-73.  Senior Victoria Vela is tied for 27th overall with rounds of 74-75 and junior Emma Lavy is tied for 47th with a 152 shooting 78-74 this weekend.

    The Razorbacks have a three stroke lead over No. 7 Vanderbilt who is third with 586.  The Southeastern Conference is well-represented with No. 19 Georgia in fourth with 594 and NO. 43 Auburn in fifth with 595.  The rest of the field includes No. 46 Wake Forest and No. 5 Florida with 596, No. 23 North Carolina State, No. 9 North Carolina and No. 47 South Carolina tied for eighth with 597, No. 26 Michigan State with 600, No. 2 Duke with 604, No. 42 Florida State and Louisville with 609, No. 30 Tennessee with 610, UNC-Wilmington with 621 and UNC-Greensboro with 622.

    Play concludes with a final round Sunday in the final event before the SEC Championship.

    “We are looking forward to the opportunity to play tomorrow,” Estes-Taylor said.  “Conditions are supposed to be a little rainy and it’s always good to have tough conditions when you are trying to make up a deficit and we look
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    Gamecocks In A Tie For Eighth At Bryan National Collegiate

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The South Carolina women’s golf team posted a 301 (+13) on Saturday in the second round of the Bryan National Collegiate on the Champions Course at Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center.

    The Gamecocks are in a tie for eighth place with ninth-ranked North Carolina and North Carolina State with a total of 597 (+21) heading into Sunday’s final round. Carolina remains in the mix for a top-five finish as it is just three strokes behind fourth-place Georgia (594).

    Freshman Sarah Schmelzel continued her solid play to lead the Gamecocks for a second straight day. She carded a 1-over 73 and is in a tie for fifth with a total of 144 (E). Schmelzel will enter the final round four strokes back of tournament leader Brittany Altomare (Virginia), who has a total of 140 (-4).

    A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Schmelzel recorded four birdies, three bogeys, a double bogey and 10 pars as she attempts to earn the first top-five finish of her career. Her best finish so far this season was a tie for 20th showing at the NCAA Fall Preview.

    Junior Samantha Swinehart, who is playing as an individual, is in contention for a top-20 finish as she carded a 75 on Saturday and is tied for 18th with a total of 147 (+3). She finished the afternoon with three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on the scorecard.

    Junior Suzie Lee and sophomore Justine Dreher are in a tie for 37th with a total of 150 (+6). Lee turned in a 77 (+5) on Saturday, and Dreher carded a 78 (+6). Freshmen Chelsey Couch and Mary Fran Hillow are in a tie for 61st and 82nd, respectively. Couch shot a 75 (+3) to take her total to 155 (+11), while Hillow recorded a 76 (+4) and has a total of 160 (+16).

    Virginia holds the 36-hole lead with a total of 574 (-2). Arkansas is in second with a total of 583 (+7), followed by Vanderbilt (586), Georgia (594) and Auburn (595).
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    Georgia Golfers Move To Fourth At Bryan National

    BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. --- Emilie Burger's 2-under 70 led the No. 19 Georgia women's golf team to a 7-over 295 in Saturday's second round of the Bryan National Collegiate, moving Burger to second in the individual field and the Bulldogs to fourth on the team leaderboard.

    Burger enters Sunday's final round at 2-under 142, two shots off the pace of Virginia's Brittany Altomare. Georgia is at 19-over 595.

    The Bulldogs' additional counters on Saturday were a 74 from Manuela Carbajo Ré, a 75 by Kailey Walsh and a 76 from Rocio Sanchez Lobato. A day after counting a 78 and a 79, Georgia dropped Amira Alexander's 77.

    "The big thing today was that all five people played well from the beginning and stayed the course," head coach Josh Brewer said. "Emilie got off to a really fast start and that gave us momentum, which is a very big thing. We kind of had a hiccup on the same part of the course as yesterday, No. 16-18, but three people birdied the last hole. That's a great sign that we were competing and fighting to the very end."

    Georgia teed off from No. 10 and played the back side of the Bryan Park Championship Course first on Saturday.

    Burger got off to a blistering start, with birdies at No. 11 and No. 13 followed by an eagle-3 at No. 15 that put her 4-under through six holes. She turned at 3-under following a bogey at No. 16. Burger earned that shot back with a birdie at No. 3 but she suffered a double-bogey at No. 8 en route to the clubhouse.

    Overall, Carbajo Ré is tied for 17th (147), Sanchez Lobato is tied for 52nd (153), Alexander is tied for 61st (155) and Walsh is tied for 75th (158).

    No. 15 Virginia leads the team field at 2-under 574, nine shots better than No. 6 Arkansas. Rounding out the top-12 teams are No. 7 Vanderbilt at 586; the Bulldogs and Auburn at 595; No. 5 Florida and Wake Forest both at 596; No. 5 Florida, No. 9 North Carolina and South Carolina all at 597; Michigan State at 600; and No. 2 Duke at 604.

    "All five of our golfers have a chance to go out and post a score (tomorrow)," Brewer said. "Our goal is to win the day. If we can get that kind of performance, the worst we will be is fourth and maybe we can catch Arkansas or Vanderbilt. That would be a great way to get ready for the SEC Championships."
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    Gators Jump to a Tie for Sixth Place After Second Round of Bryan National Collegiate

    GREENSBORO, N.C. - On the backs of a one-under round of 71 from senior Isabelle Lendl (Goshen, Conn.) and much lower numbers throughout the rest of the lineup, the No. 5 University of Florida women's golf team vaulted six spots on the team leaderboard to be in a tie for sixth place heading into Sunday's final round at the Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C.

    One day after combining to go 16-over as a team, the Gators had a much more settled round as the team combined for a score of four-over (292), a 12-shot improvement from yesterday. Not only did Lendl have the biggest improvement from her first round, a 10 shot improvement to be exact, but each player in the Gators lineup had a lower score from Friday.

    Virginia still holds the overall team lead at two-under (574), while their own Brittany Altomare moved into first place after carding two straight rounds of two-under (70) to hold a two shot lead over Georgia's Emilie Burger, who is at two-under (142) for the tournament.

    "We had a better day today," Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. "We started well and finished well. We were able to get some putts to drop. We had a rough stretch in the middle, but I am really pleased with the way the girls hung in there down the stretch."

    For Lendl, her 71 is her first even or under par round since shooting a 70 at the first round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate back in late February. The senior had a great start to her round, holing three birdies and only one bogey after her first eight holes, but suffered quite the setback on the ninth hole when she was forced to write down a triple bogey, dropping her from two-under for the day to one-over. Lendl recovered well on her second nine with three-straight birdies on holes three through five, one of which was a par five. Her solid round moved her up nearly half of the leaderboard as she will hold in a tie for 47th place going into the final round.

    "Isabelle had a much better day today," Bastel said. "I am happy to see her play well.  She showed her toughness by bouncing back from yesterday."

    As for the rest of the Gators lineup, only four shots separated all five players in the second round. Junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) turned in a three-stroke improvement from round one as she finished one-over (73). Ulu didn't have the greatest of nine holes to start her day as she holed five bogeys, but did manage two birdies on both of the back nine's par-fives. The front nine proved to be much nicer as Ulu went bogey-less and had two more birdies to get back to one-over for the day. The junior climbed the leaderboard nearly 20 spots and will be in a tie for 27th at five-over (149) with 18 holes of competition left.

    Also, tied for 27th after the second round is sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), who lowered her first round score by one shot to take a two-over (74) into the clubhouse. The consistent outing for Hedberg had her only write down two birdies on the day, but she managed enough pars to sneak into the top-30 going into Sunday.

    Senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) dropped two shots of her own on Saturday, en route to a three-over (75). Like the rest of her teammates, Piccio climbed the board slightly into a tie for 47th as she is eight-over (152) with one round to play.

    Finally, freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) holds down the middle of Florida's pack as she continues to have the third-best score out of the five UF players in the tournament. Orehek carded a two-over (74) on Saturday to move into a tie for 37th at six-over (150). The round of 74 ties for her second-best 18-hole round of the year and is the third time she has finished a round with that score. The last time coming in the second round of the SunTrust Gator Women's Invite two weeks ago.
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