The Gamecocks will tee off in the second round on Wednesday at 8:28 a.m. and will be paired with Oklahoma State and Florida. Live scoring will be available at golfstatresults.com.
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's Emilie Burger carded a 3-over 75 in the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships at the University of Georgia Golf Course on Friday. That tally placed the senior from Hoschton in a tie for 64th among the 126 golfers in the field.
“If I look at this today, I didn’t have my ‘A’ game," Burger said. "This was probably more like my ‘C’ game. You’re going to have a bad round because there are four rounds. So if this is my worst one by Sunday, I’m going to be top five or maybe close to winning.”
"Emilie played like she has all year," head coach Josh Brewer said. "She just missed a few little putts, but I think it’s just more adrenaline and anxiety. I don’t think she’s ever missed those at all. I just think playing in front of more people and friends and playing here at home contributed to that. You just take it as a disadvantage today and then use it as an advantage on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.”
After opening with a tap-in bar, Burger lipped out a 5-foot par putt at No. 2. That was an unfortunate omen for the much of the rest of her day. Following her round, Burger was able to quickly rattle off eight lip-outs on the day, including four from three-feet or less.
“I was hitting it really well," Burger said. "I hit a lot of greens, but the ones that I did, it was just a bad missed club. On hole 11, I had a funky line and it just shot off the club face and went over. Then I had all those lip outs, but there’s not much you can do.”
Burger missed the green to the left at No. 3. Her chip raced directly over the cup and off the fringe. She got up and down for a second straight bogey. Burger sank a 20-foot putt at No. 5 but gave that stroke back with another short par miss at No. 6.
After turning at 2-over, she birdied No. 10 but double-bogeyed No. 11. Burger birdied No. 16 but again gave that shot back with a bogey at No. 16.
“The greens are rolling probably as good as I’ve ever seen them roll," Burger said. "They’re pretty quick, too. You just have to miss it in the right spots. If you miss it by the hole, it’s going to be hard to putt. So just missing it in the right places is key because they have it set up really tough, which they should.”
After playing in the morning on Tuesday, Burger will be in the afternoon wave on Wednesday. She will tee off from No. 10 at 12:48.
Piccio and Hedberg Pace Florida in Athens
ATHENS, Ga. - Competing in its 24th NCAA Championship all-time, the No. 9 University of Florida women's golf 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 (Bacolod City, Philippines) 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 (Sitges, Spain), 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.
Hedberg rebounded well to birdie the par five, seventh and nearly birdied the ninth to get back to red numbers. However, the 15-footer for birdie just missed to the left and the comebacker for par lipped out, forcing Hedberg to write down her fourth bogey of the day and drop her to one-over. The round of 73 is still three shots better than her first round at last year's NCAA Championships. Last year after carding a first round 76, Hedberg came back to fire a 69 on the second day. With 14 players tied for sixth at one-under, only two shots separate Hedberg and Piccio from the top-ten.
As for the rest of the UF team, the bottom three players combined for a 17-over score and only had three birdies between them for the first 18 of the week. In her first NCAA Championship of her young collegiate career, freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) brought in a four-over (76) to be in a tie for 76th after the first day. Orehek had a slow start to her day with four bogeys after seven holes, but seemed to right the ship after a birdie on the 18th and then another on No. 2 to get back to two-over. The freshman did write down two more bogeys on her second nine, but was able to minimize the damage to finish at four-over.
Junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) and sophomore Anna Young (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) have some work to do after their first rounds as Ulu shot a five-over (77), while young had the high score of the day for the Gators with an eight-over (80). Ulu finished in a tie for 89th and Young is in a tie for 116th going into round two.
The first tee times of Wednesday's second round are scheduled for 7:33 a.m., while Florida's first player will tee off at 8:28 a.m. on the first hole of the UGA Golf Course. Live scores will be available on GolfStat.com. A full recap with complete results can be found on GatorZone.com following the completion of Tuesday's round.
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McDonald Leads Mississippi State to Top-20 Sitting After Round One
ATHENS, Ga. – Sixth-ranked Ally McDonald’s 2-under-par 70 paced the 40th-ranked Mississippi State women’s golf team to a 19th-place sitting after one round of the NCAA Championships at the par-72, 6,372-yard UGA Golf Course.
McDonald is tied for fourth overall and only three shots back of the individual leader.
MSU posted a 12-over-par 300 in the program’s first round of championship competition and is only five strokes back of 10th-place No. 14 Tulane (295, +7) in the tightly-packed field.
The Lady Bulldogs teed off on hole No. 10 at noon and played the more difficult back nine first as the heat index topped 90 degrees in the Athens area.
“We played well today and proved to ourselves that we can compete with the best teams in the nation,” third-year MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “The heat was a factor today and got to some of the teams but I think we handled it well. To shoot a 300, which is below our season average, on this course in the national championship is very commendable. We have three more rounds to go out and chip our way up the standings. Teeing off in the morning tomorrow should help us get our round in before the heat and humidity are in full force. The rain that fell late today also may make the greens bit softer.”
State tees off at 6:33 a.m. CT Wednesday with temperatures expected to be in the upper 60’s and reach only 80 degrees. MSU will again be paired with No. 5 Arkansas and No. 6 Vanderbilt.
McDonald’s 2-under is her fourth-consecutive round of par or better as she notched a 69-69-68 in her NCAA Central Regional victory.
The sophomore from Fulton, Miss., started strong with birdies on her second (No. 11) and fifth (No. 14) holes of the day before settling in for six straight pars. Her tee shot on the par-3, 178-yard third hole sailed left and forced her only bogey of the day. She negated that bogey with a birdie on No. 5 to post par for the second nine.
“I started getting tired toward the end of the round,” McDonald said. “I think I misread a few putts, but I didn’t ever really start striking the ball bad. I continued to hit it well the whole round; I just couldn’t get some putts to fall. That’s not a bad thing, just to know that you left some opportunities out there and that they’ll be out there the next day. I had one bogey on hole three. I just hit a bad shot to the left and wasn’t able to hit a chip like I wanted. Other than that, I hit the ball really well today. I got some putts to fall and left a few out there.”
Sophomores Elena Warren and Rica Tse each notched a pair of 76’s on the day. At the turn, Warren was 4-over but managed back-to-back birdies on No. 6 and No. 7 to post par for the second nine.
Tse traded three bogeys and a par on each nine. She birdied No. 17 before back-to-back bogeys on No. 18 and No. 1. She evened it all out with another birdie on No. 2.
Mary Langdon Gallagher and Gabi Oubre’ rounded out the MSU leaderboard with a 78 and 82, respectively. Gallagher entered her ninth hole of the day at only 1-over but bogeyed four consecutive holes to fall to 5-over. Another bogey on No. 7 took her to 6-over for the round.
Oubre’ struggled with a trio of double bogeys. The freshman regrouped to card birdie-par-par on her last three holes.
Top-ranked USC tied 48th-ranked San Jose State with a 4-under-par 284 to take command of the leaderboard after the first round, while Spartan Regan De Guzman’s 5-under-par 67 earned her the top spot individually.
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