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    SEC Golf Recap: Sunday, October 13

    Mitchell with a Career Day as Gators Slip One Spot to Finish Eighth at the Tar Heel Invitational

    Falling one spot on the leaderboard from day two, the University of Florida women's golf team placed eighth out of 18 teams at the 2013 Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational - one step up from the Gators' ninth-place finish last fall.

    Seeing an eight-stroke difference from round one to round three, redshirt sophomore Katie Mitchell had a career day today: she took the top spot for Florida at the Tar Heel Invite, matching a career-low (69) and capturing her best individual finish donning the Orange and Blue at T11.

    Both freshmen Karolina Vlckova and Maria Torres leave UNC Finley Golf Course at a final five-over (221) followed by juniors Sarah Schober and Camilla Hedberg who finished seven-over (223) and 17-over (233), respectively. As an individual competitor this weekend, junior Anna Young improved on her finish at the 2012 Tar Heel Invite (245) by a notable 17 strokes and shot 12-over (228) for this tournament.

    Florida finished over four top-25 ranked teams at the 2013 Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational - No. 14 NC State, No. 20 Michigan State, No. 16 Virginia and No. 15 UNC - and advanced 14 strokes from last year.

    Head Coach Emily Glaser Says: "Katie [Mitchell] had a great tournament and rebounded well after the first day. Today was her first round in the 60s as a Gator and I am sure there will be many more to come."

    "Our finish in this tournament wasn't what we wanted, but the girls are learning a lot and assistant coach Janice Olivencia and I are learning a lot about their games and what we need to improve on. This team is very talented and they do a lot of things well, we just need to be more consistent and limit our mistakes."





    Peng Tied for First, MSU in Top 5 After Opening Round

    AUSTIN, Texas -- An early weather delay didn't dampen the Mississippi State women's golf team as freshman Jessica Peng's freshman-record round tied her for first and led the team to a share of fourth following Sunday's opening round of the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational.

    After the lowest 54-hole score by a freshman in the previous tournament, Peng followed with a 5-under-par 67 round to set the freshman 18-hole score on Sunday. Peng opened her round with a birdie and added five more to take a share of the top spot.

    Her stellar round led MSU, the reigning Golfweek.com Team of the Week, to a 4-under-par 284 on the rain-soaked University of Texas Golf Course.

    “We had a great team day,” fourth-year head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “Jessica Peng played so well and Rica Tse was unbelievable. The resilience we showed today is what we must practice to be champions. We are getting it done.”

    Tse notched a 3-under-par 69 to secure a share of eighth and the second-best score in the Bulldog lineup. Tse showed great perseverance after finding trouble on the opening hole, following up with back-to-back birdies and six for the round.

    Junior Ally McDonald and Ji Eun Baik each posted 2-over-par 74 first rounds for MSU. The All-American McDonald bounced back from two consecutive bogeys on holes 8 and 9 to birdie two of the following four holes.

    Mary Langdon Gallagher rounded out the MSU lineup with a 77. Blaise Carabello, playing as an individual competitor, also carded a 77.

    Miami jumped out to a five-stroke lead with a 12-under-par 276. The Hurricanes' Dani Darquea claimed a share of the first-round leaderboard with Peng.

    The Bulldogs will tee off Monday's second round at 8:54 a.m. CST and be paired with SMU and No. 20 Tulane on No. 1. Carabello starts one group before at 8:45 a.m. CST.

    Live stats and post-round results will be available through Hailstate.com.

    Updates will be provided on the Mississippi State women’s golf Twitter account, @HailStateWG, and Facebook page, facebook.com/HailStateWG.





    Lopez Eighth, Arkansas Fourth In North Carolina

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- University of Arkansas sophomore Gabriela Lopez posted a one-under 215 leading the third-ranked Razorback women’s golf team to a fourth-place finish at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday.

    Lopez, a Mexico City, Mexico, native, finished with a final round 69 shooting 70-76-69=215 for the tournament. Lopez opened her day with a double but promptly rallied with a birdie for the next hole. She birdied the fourth, ninth, 12th, 17th and 18th holes en route to her team-leading finish.

    “It was a great team performance today,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “Today was a group effort, this week was really a group effort. I told the players that great performances revolve around a great mindset and they did a great job of having a championship mindset and executing in that way under some tough conditions and against another top notch field.

    “This group is learning so much every week and competing against the best teams week in and week out. They really are creating a mindset that matches our preparation. We will come home and prepare for our final event of the fall and finish strong.”

    Sophomore Regina Plasencia tied for 14th overall shooting a 217 with rounds of 73-73-71. Plasencia also opened with a bogey on the first hole but fired off three birdies in a row as she settled in finishing one-under for the round.

    Senior Emma Lavy finished strong tying for 24th overall shooting 219 with rounds of 76-68-75. Senior Emily Tubert finished for 48th with a 225 (78-75-72) saving her best round for last. Freshman Summar Roachell tied for 80th overall with a 232 (77-75-80).

    The Razorbacks return to the golf course Oct. 27-29, at the Alamo Invitational for the final event of the fall schedule.

    Seventh-ranked Duke came from behind to win the event with an 857. SEC member No. 18 Vanderbilt was second with 868 followed by No. 9 Oklahoma with an 871. The third-ranked Razorbacks were fourth overall with an 874 and the rest of the top 10 included No.1 4 Alabama, No. 15 South Carolina and No. 17 Clemson in a tie for fifth with 878, No. 21 Florida in eighth with 881, No. 39 Wake Forest ninth with 883 and No.24 Auburn in 10th with 886. The final eight teams were No. 30 LSU with 887, No.12 North Carolina State with 889, No. 72 Ole Miss and No. 26 Michigan State with 890, No. 28 Virginia with 895, No. 13 North Carolina with 898, No. 44 Notre Dame with 902 and No. 49 Baylor with a 908.

    For more information on Arkansas women’s golf, follow @RazorbackWGolf on Twitter.





    Gamecocks Finish in a Tie for Fifth At Tar Heel Invitational

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The South Carolina women’s golf team shot an even-par 288 on Sunday at the UNC Finley Golf course to finish in a tie for fifth place at the Tar Heel Invitational hosted by the University of North Carolina. The Gamecocks finished the tournament with a three-round total of 878 (+14).

    “The team rallied back in the final two rounds and I’m very proud of their performance,” said head coach Kalen Harris. “We put ourselves in a bit of a hole after day one but we battled back to finish fifth in an incredibly strong field.”

    Justine Dreher turned in a 1-over 73 in the final round and finished in seventh place with a score of 214 (-2). Dreher finished with a team-best nine birdies and recorded her second top-10 finish of the season and third of her career.

    Sophomore Sarah Schmelzel and Freshman Katelyn Dambaugh both shot an even-par 72 in the final round. Schmelzel finished in a tie for 32nd place with a total of 221 (+5) and Dambaugh tied for 38th place with a score 223 (+7).

    Samantha Swinehart carded the low round for the Gamecocks with a 1-under 71. The senior finished in a tie for 48th place with a total of 225 (+9).

    Sophomore Mary Fran Hillow was next on the leaderboard for the Garnet and Black and concluded the tournament in a tie for 60th place. Hillow shot a final-round 3-over 75 to finish with a total of 227 (+11).

    Senior Suzie Lee, who competed as an individual, turned in a 78 (+6) in the final round to finish in a tie for 68th with a total of 229 (+13).

    Fourth-ranked Duke won the tournament with a score of 857 (-7). No. 19 Vanderbilt and No. 3 Oklahoma round out the three with scores of 868 (+4) and 871 (+7), respectively. Eighth-ranked Arkansas took fourth place with a total of 874 (+10). In a three-way tie for third along with South Carolina were No. 2 Alabama and No. 11 Clemson.

    Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey won the individual title finishing with a 9-under 207. Vanderbilt’s Jenny Hahn claimed second place with a 5-under 211. In a three-way tie for third place with a score of 212 (-4) were Carolina Nistrup of LSU, Celine Boutier and Laetitia Beck both from Duke.

    The Gamecocks will return to action Oct. 25-27 as they travel to Wilmington, N.C., for the Landfall Tradition.





    Alabama Women’s Golf Ties for Fifth at Tar Heel Invitational

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Alabama women’s golf team shot 10-over-par 298 in the final round of the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational on Sunday at the par-72 6,285-yard UNC Golf Course to finish tied for fifth.

    The Crimson Tide went into the day in second place after a blistering 7-under-par 281 in the second round on Saturday, but finished off the pace at 14-over 878. Duke captured team honors at 7-under 857 while Vanderbilt (+4, 868) was second, Oklahoma third (+7, 871) and Arkansas fourth (+10, 874). South Carolina and Clemson joined the Tide in fifth.

    “There is no reason we shouldn’t be as good as we were yesterday – every day,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. “What the difference is, I’m not really sure, but some of it has to be mindset. We have to putt the ball better. We are not getting it up and down and not capitalizing on opportunities most of the time. Now it went well yesterday, so clearly we are capable of being better, but today wasn’t the day.”

    Sophomore Emma Talley led the Crimson Tide in Sunday’s final round with a 1-over 73 to finish tied for eighth at 1-under 215. Senior Stephanie Meadow carded a 74 and tied for 11th at even-par 216.

    Sophomore Janie Jackson tied for 36th with a 2-over 74 in the final round for a 6-over total of 222. Redshirt freshman Cammie Gray was Alabama’s fourth score on Sunday at 5-over 77, leaving her in a tie for 48th at 9-over 225. Senior Hannah Collier’s 82 was dropped from the team score.

    Alabama will close its fall scheduled on Oct. 25-27, at the Landfall Tradition at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. The Tide’s last visit to the Country Club of Landfall was a third-place showing at the 2010 NCAA Championships.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaWGolf, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.





    Ole Miss Women’s Golf Closes Action At Tar Heel Invitational

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Sophomore Alison Hovatter closed out action at the Tar Heel Invitational by firing an even par 72 to close the three-day tournament with a score 216, setting a new 54-hole career low. The 216 bests Hovatter’s previous low of 226 set at the Cougar Classic earlier this fall.

    Abby Newton fired a final round of 2-over par 74, for a three-day total of 217, also a new 54-hole career low. Her previous low was 220 set at Ole Miss’ M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate last season. Newton played well on the front nine, shooting par before the turn.

    The Ole Miss squad shot a 305 in the final round of action for an overall score of 890 (292-293-305) and a 13th-place finish. The score of 890 is the Rebels best score this fall. On the afternoon, Ole Miss recorded six birdies and was just 3-over on the back nine.

    Duke took home the title with a 7-over par 857 and was the lone team in the field to score under par. Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey took home medalist honors with a three-day score of 207 and was 9-under par for the tournament.

    Juniors Taelor Rubin and Stani Schiavone closed with rounds of 6-over par 78 and 9-over par 81, respectively. Maria Toennessen was also fired a 9-over par 81 to close tournament action.

    Ole Miss is back on the course Oct. 25-27 at the prestigious Landfall Traditional hosted by UNC-Wilmington. This will be the Rebel’s second consecutive trip to the tournament. Last season, the final round was rained out due to Hurricane Sandy.

    For all Ole Miss women’s golf news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWGolf and on Facebook at Ole Miss WGolf.





    Auburn Women’s Golf Takes 10th At Tar Heel Invite

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Auburn women’s golf team took 10th place at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational Sunday, ending the tournament with rounds of 291-299-296--886 (+22). The Tigers put two players in the top 40 with Diana Fernandez leading the team in a tie for 27th.

    Hosted by North Carolina, the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational was a 54-hole tournament played at the UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. The par 72 course played at 6,285 yards for the tournament. The event featured 18 teams from around the country, including 12 teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation.

    “This week was a tough week for us. We got off to a good start on Friday and then struggled yesterday, it wasn’t a good day for anyone,” said Auburn associate head coach Andrew Pratt. “Today was a positive day, though, especially for Clara and Jamie, they played real solid today.”

    The Tigers hit the ball well during the tournament, but struggled around the green. Pratt hopes that is something the team can work on before closing out the Fall season at the Stanford Intercollegiate, Oct. 25-27.

    “This week we struggled on the greens, I don’t know why we struggled so much. We had 25 three-putts for the week, which is very uncharacteristic, so we gave a lot of shots on the greens away,” said Pratt. “We hit the ball fairly well, the greens were just a little slower than they normally look and that threw us off. We have a lot of things we have to work on to get ready for Stanford, which is another great field, so hopefully we can finish the fall off strong and take some momentum into the spring.”

    Fernandez finished the tournament tied for 27th with rounds of 71-73-76--220 (+4). Also finishing in the top 40 were sophomore Jamie Yun and junior Victoria Trapani, both tied for 38th. Yun carded a 77 in the final round to finish with rounds of 72-78-77—223 (+7). Trapani had the second-lowest round of the day for the Tigers, coming in with a 73, to finish at 75-78-73—223.

    Senior Marta Sanz carded a 5-over 77 in the final rounding, ending the tournament tied for 53rd with rounds of 73-76-77--226 (+10). Freshman Clara Baena shot a 1-under-71 in the final round with four birdies, the lowest round in her young Auburn career and team low round for the day. She finished tied for 80th with rounds of 83-78-71--232 (+16).

    Duke won the team title with a 7-under 857. Vanderbilt finished in second place at 4-over-par 868 while Oklahoma took third place, finishing at 7-over 871. Arkansas ended the tournament in fourth place at 10-over 874 with Alabama, Clemson and South Carolina tying for fifth with 14-over-par 878s.

    Individually, Ashlan Ramsey of Clemson finished the final round in first at 9-under-par 207. Jenny Hahn of Vanderbilt ended the day at 5-under-par 211, finishing in second. Three players tied for third place at 4-under-par 212.

    The Tigers will wrap up the Fall season Oct. 25-27 as Auburn travels to the Stanford Intercollegiate. The tournament will take place at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.