Wildcats Lead by Three Strokes after First Round
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Four Wildcats are sitting in the top 15 after one day at the Invitational at The Ocean Course to put the University of Kentucky men’s golf in first place by three strokes at even-par, 288.
Rounding out the top five after Kentucky is South Florida at three-over par, South Alabama at six-over par and Charleston Southern and Georgia at nine-over par.
The rest of the team standings are filled out with Florida (+12), Notre Dame (+13), Georgia Southern (+14), Western Carolina (+16), Michigan (+17), College of Charleston (+18), Francis Marion (+22), Rice (+23) and Michigan State (+24).
“You can’t win a tournament on the first day, but you can lose one,” said Kentucky head coach Brian Craig. “I am real proud of the boys for a great effort today. We have put ourselves in a good position but have a long, long ways to go. This is a big man’s course and we need to stay focused on what we can control and keep executing with confidence.”
Kentucky was led by senior Cody Martin’s two-under par, 70 on Sunday afternoon to put him in a tie for fourth place. For the day, Martin recorded four birdies and an eagle en route to a sub-par round.
Sitting in a tie for eighth place is senior Ben Stow after an even-par, 72 round of 18 holes. Stow struggled out of the gate by posting four bogeys on the front nine, but regrouped to birdie four of his last five holes to end the afternoon.
Three Wildcats recorded a one-over par, 73, including freshman Stephen Stallings who is making his first appearance in a collegiate tournament. Stallings was joined by junior David Snyder and sophomore Harrison Greenberry, who is playing as an individual, at one-over par. The trio is tied for 13th after one round.
Rounding out the UK competitors was senior Stephen Powers who registered a two-over par, 74. Powers is tied for 20th.
Teams return to the course for second round action Monday morning at 7:50 a.m. ET.
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort has played host to the 2007 Senior PGA and 2012 PGA Championships and is only the fourth course to host each of the PGA of America’s major championships. Located on the eastern-most end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere.
Fans can follow the action with live scoring available at Golfstat.com. For more information on the University of Kentucky men’s golf team visit UKathletics.com and follow on Twitter at @UKmensgolf. The Wildcats begin spring competition at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate in Mobile, Ala., from Feb. 17-18.
Alabama Claims Season’s First Title at Landfall Tradition
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The Alabama women’s golf team and senior Stephanie Meadow both won their first tournament championships of the 2013-14 season on Sunday at The Landfall Tradition on the par-72 6,244-yard Country Club of Landfall.
The sixth-ranked Crimson Tide shot 4-over 292 in the final round to complete the wire-to-wire victory with an eight-shot win over No. 5 Duke. Clemson was third, 30 shots back of the Tide, at 33-over 897 while South Carolina (+40, 904) was fourth and Wake Forest (+42, 906) was fifth.
“I was really proud of how this team came together this weekend,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. “Throughout the three rounds this team was able to focus on each shot and not let the results effect what they were trying to accomplish. The Country Club of Landfall is an excellent test of golf against a quality field and I am very pleased with the results.”
Meadow, from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, recorded the eighth medalist honor of her career to extend her own record. She fired rounds of 70, 71 and 72 to finish off the two-shot win over Duke’s Yu Liu. Meadow finished the fall schedule with a 70.75 scoring average and 9-under par during her 12 rounds.
Sophomore Emma Talley finished four shots back of Meadow in third place for her second top-10 showing of the fall. She opened with a 1-under 71 and followed it with back-to-back rounds of 73 for her best finish of the year.
The Crimson Tide actually placed five players in the top 11 individually and four in the top 10. Sophomore Janie Jackson completed her best tournament in crimson and white with a 1-under 71 in Sunday’s final round to finish seventh at 4-over 220.
Daniela Lendl was one-shot back in a tie for eighth at 5-over 221 after a final-round 76. Hannah Collier also shot 76 on Sunday to finish tied for 11th at 6-over 222. Cammie Gray, who was playing as an individual, shot 77 in the final round.
The Landfall Tradition wrapped up Alabama’s fall schedule. The Crimson Tide will next tee it up in sunny Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, on Feb. 16-18, at the Rio Mar Country Club for the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
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Gamecocks Finish Fourth at Landfall Tradition
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The South Carolina women’s golf team shot a 17-over 305 on Saturday at the Pete Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall to finish in fourth place at the Landfall Tradition hosted by the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The Gamecocks finished the tournament with a three-round total of 904 (+40)
“The golf course played tough this week and it took a lot of patience and toughness,” said head coach Kalen Harris. “We hung tough the first two days and didn’t have the performance we hoped for in the final round. Katelyn [Dambaugh] had a solid tournament and Mary Fran [Hillow] played well for us in the final round. Overall we had a strong finish in a very good field this weekend.”
Alabama won the tournament with a score of 867 (+3). Duke and Clemson round out the top three with score s of 875 (+11) and 897 (+33), respectively.
Freshman Katelyn Dambaugh led the way for the Gamecocks earning her first career top-five finish as she tied for fourth place. Dambaugh shot a 3-over 75 in the third round to finish with a total score of 219 (+3) and recorded a team-best nine birdies
Sophomore Mary Fran Hillow turned in her fourth round of par or better this season with an even-par 72 in Sunday’s final round. The native of Orlando Florida finished in a tie for 27th place with a total score of 228 (+12) while tallying six birdies, three of which came in the third round.
Senior Samantha Swinehart concluded the tournament in a tie for 33rd place after shooting a third-round 79 (+7). Swinehart finished with a total score of 229 (+13) and five birdies.
Sarah Schmelzel finished next on the leaderboard for the Garnet and Black in a tie for 42nd place. The sophomore shot an 80 (+8) in the third round for a total score of 231 (+15).
After shooting a third-round 79 (+7), junior Justine Dreher finished in a tie for 74th place with a total score of 239 (+23).
Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow won the individual title with a score of 213 (-3). Yu Liu of Duke claimed second place with a 1-under 215 and Emma Talley of Alabama finished in third place with a 1-over 217. Along with Dambaugh, Laetitia Beck of Duke and Liz Nagel of Michigan State tied for fourth place with a score of 219 (+3).
The Gamecocks will now turn their attention to winter workouts as they prepare for the spring season, which will get underway with the Florida State Match Up in Tallahassee Fla. on Feb. 14.
Wood Picks Up Highest Career Finish At Bridgestone Golf Collegiate
Greensboro, N.C. -- Sophomore Ben Wood captured the highest finish of his Mississippi State career on Sunday, as he climbed 14 spots to finish sixth overall at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate.
After firing a 2-over 74 on Saturday, Wood came into Sunday’s final round tied for 22nd overall. The Florence, Ala., native put together an impressive day by shooting a 3-under 69 and knocking down seven birdies.
MSU shot a 12-over 588 from the Grandover Resort, tying VCU for ninth place. North Carolina held on to first place with a 5-under 571, giving the Tar Heels the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate title.
“We got off to the start we wanted to today, going seven under through our first nine holes,” head coach Clay Homan said. “Unfortunately, we couldn't keep it going and stumbled down the stretch. Ben Wood gave us a good outing and was in contention to win, so hopefully he can gain confidence from what he did well today.”
The Greensboro area was blanketed with a heavy frost on Saturday morning, causing the tee time to be delayed until 10 a.m. CST for golfers. Because of the time lost, tournament officials decided to change the previous three-round format to a two-round format.
Thailand native and Bulldog senior Joe Sakulpolphaisan put together a 1-over 73 on Sunday to aid his 4-over 148 total score, giving him a 30th place card.
Seniors Chad Ramey and Barrett Edens each shot a 7-over 151 over the weekend to tie for 52nd overall at the Bridgestone, as true freshman Ben Follett-Smith turned in a 10-over 154 to tie for 64th.
Homan’s squad will wrap up the fall season in style from Hawaii on Nov. 4-6, for the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational.
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Georgia Golfers In Fourth At Kiawah Island
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- The No. 8 Georgia men's golf team stands fourth after one round of The Invitational at the Ocean Course.
On Sunday at Kiawah Island Golf and Country Club, the Bulldogs finished at 9-over-par 297. Kentucky has the team lead at even-par 288.
Sophomore Lee McCoy paced the Bulldogs on Sunday with an even-par 72 and he is eighth in the individual race --- five shots behind Western Carolina's J.T. Poston (67). Junior Nicholas Reach is 13th at 1-over 73, while senior Michael Cromie stands 20th at 2-over 74 and senior Keith Mitchell fired a 6-over 78. Junior Sam Straka had the Bulldogs' non-counting score of 15-over 87.
Playing as an individual, senior Joey Garber fired a 1-over 73 and stands 13th.
"I thought we played OK today," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "We've left ourselves with some work to do the next two rounds, but there's a long way to go. Now that we've seen the course a couple of times, we can make the necessary adjustments."
The Invitational at the Ocean Course will continue on Monday and will conclude on Tuesday. Results and tee times can be found at golfstat.com.
Newton’s Round of 74 Leads Ole Miss Women’s Golf In North Carolina
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Sophomore Abby Newton carded 2-over par 74 to lead the Ole Miss women’s golf team in final day action at the 12th Annual Landfall Tradition on Sunday (Oct. 27). The Rebels closed the tournament in 16th place with a three-day score of 941.
Ole Miss saved its best golf for the final day of action and was led by Newton’s round of 74. The Texas native posted three birdies on the front nine including back-to-back on holes five and six. After shooting +1 on the front nine, Newton closed strong with par on eight of nine on the back nine.
Freshman Maria Toennessen also closed the tournament with a strong round. Tonnessen was 1-under par at the turn with two birdies and finished the round with a 4-over par 75. Alison Hovatter carded a 5-over par 77, while North Carolina native Taelor Rubin closed with a 6-over par 78. Stani Schiavone closed with 9-over 81.
The Crimson Tide won the 12th annual Landfall Tradition with a score of 867, good enough for 3-ovver par. Duke took second place with a score of 875, which was 11-over par. Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow took medalist honors with a three-day score of 213, good enough for 3-under par.
The Landfall Tradition was the final fall tournament for the Rebels. Ole Miss will next be in action at the AllState Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans Feb. 23-25.
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Men's Golf Sits in Sixth Place after Round One Action at The Ocean Course
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- After a strong start to tee off the Invitational at The Ocean Course, the Gators couldn't close out the day, sitting 12 strokes off the lead in sixth place.
Freshman Ryan Orr was the only Gator to finish at par on the day, matching his career-best round (72) for the third time this fall. Orr made five birdies to push him into the top 10 of the leaderboard and conclude round one in a tie for eighth place.
Buddy's Bite: "Not what we were hoping for. Got off to a pretty good start which is not something we have done this year but didn't finish particularly well. I know they are better than they played. The course was there for the taking, we played some solid golf for 12-13 holes and then the wheels came off. I think we will do better tomorrow."
UK Women’s Golf Finishes Fall Season with Eighth Place Finish
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The 21st-ranked University of Kentucky women’s golf team concluded the fall season with an eighth place finish Sunday afternoon at the Stanford Intercollegiate after shooting a final round of six-over par, 290. The Wildcats three-day total of 874 (+22) marks their second-lowest of the season.
Second-ranked USC won the Stanford Intercollegiate with a score of 21-under par, 831, while No. 1 UCLA (-16), No. 19 Washington (-1), No. 9 Stanford (+3) and No. 12 Pepperdine (+8) complete the top five. UCLA’s Alison Lee was the top individual with a score of seven-under par.
Rounding out the rest of the team standings were Oregon (+11), No. 20 Northwestern (+17), No. 21 UK (+22), No. 11 Vanderbilt (+25), California (+26), No. 24 Auburn (+32), UC Davis (+34), San Jose State (+46), Oregon State (+48), Georgia (+49) and Washington (+66).
Sophomore Cylia Damerau recorded her best tournament of the fall season with a season-best 54-hole score of 215. Damerau finished tied for 20th at two-over par after a two-over par, 73 on Sunday. The Cham, Switzerland, native added three more birdies in the final round to give her 12 for the tournament.
Senior Liz Breed finished the tournament tied for 36th at six-over par, 219. Breed registered a final round score of three-over par, 74. This marks the first time this season Breed hasn’t finished in the top 15 of a tournament.
Saving her best round for last was sophomore Sarah Harris, who shot a final round score of one-under par, 70. Harris wrapped up the three-day tournament tied for 44th at nine-over par, 222. Freshman Haley Mills tied for 54th at 12-over par, 225. Mills turned in a final round scorecard of five-over par, 76.
The final Wildcat in the lineup was freshman Alessandra Walker who finished in a tie for 65th at 14-over par, 227. Walker also saved her best round for the final day of competition as she shot a two-over par, 73.
Playing as an individual, freshman Megan Kinney finished in a tie for 87th at 31-over par, 244. Kinney shot a final round of 13-over par, 84.
For live scoring of the event please visit Golfstat.com. For more information on the University of Kentucky women’s golf team visit UKathletics.com and follow them on Twitter at @UKWomensGolf. The Wildcats open the spring season at the UCF Challenge in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. 9-11.
Georgia Golfers Conclude Fall Season At Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. --- The Georgia women's golf team wrapped up the 2013 calendar portion of its season on Sunday with a 307 in the final round of the Stanford Intercollegiate. The Bulldogs finished 15th in the field at 901.
Georgia's counting scores on Sunday were a 4-over 75 by Manuela Carbajo Ré, a pair of 77s from Amira Alexander and Rocio Sanchez Lobato and a 78, the score signed for by both Harang Lee and Sammi Lee.
"One great thing about our sport is we get a three-month break to hit reset and regroup to get ready for the spring," head coach Josh Brewer said. " I don't say it very often but I'm glad we have a break right now. We know we have the talent. We just need to get our confidence up. I think the break will be good for that. I know they'll use it properly to get better and we'll be ready to go in February."
The Bulldogs were in position to climb the leaderboard but played the final four holes at a combined 12-over.
Overall, Sanchez Lobato tied for 50th at 224, Harang Lee tied for 54th at 225, Carbajo Ré tied for 61st at 226, Alexander tied for 67th at 228 and Sammi Lee finished 76th at 230.
No. 2 Southern Cal finished at 831, five shots better than top-ranked UCLA, to secure the team title. The Bruins' Alison Lee earned medalisth honors by finishing at 7-under 206, a stroke ahead of first- and second-round leader Sophia Popov of Southern Cal.
Auburn Takes 11th At Stanford Intercollegiate
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The No. 24-ranked Auburn women’s golf team finished 11th at the Stanford Intercollegiate, ending the tournament with rounds of 294-295-295--884 (+32). The Tigers were led by junior Victoria Trapani in the final round after shooting a 1-under-par 71.
Hosted by Stanford University, the Stanford Intercollegiate was a 54-hole tournament played at the Stanford University Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. The par-71 course played at 6,130 yards for the tournament. The event featured 16 teams from around the country, including 10 teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation.
Trapani’s 1-under 70 propelled her into a tie for the team lead with senior Diana Fernandez. The pair finished the tournament tied for 44th at 9-over 222.
Trapani carded three birdies in the final round and finished the tournament at 78-74-70--222 (+9). Fernandez totaled rounds of 74-73-75--222 (+9).
Freshman Clara Baena shot a 5-over-76 in the final round of competition. She finished the tournament in 49th place with rounds of 72-75-76--223 (+10).
Sophomore Jamie Yun carded a 3-over-par 74 in the final round, tying for 54th. She ended the tournament with rounds of 73-78-74--225 (+12). Senior Marta Sanz rounded out the Auburn lineup, posting a final-round 78 to tie for 61st at 75-73-78--226 (+13).
Southern California shot a 283 in the final round to secure the tournament championship with a 21-under 831. UCLA followed in second place with a 16-under-par finish while Washington took third at 1-under 851. Host Stanford finished in fourth at 3-over-par 855 with Pepperdine rounding out the top five with an 8-over 860.
Individually, Alison Lee of UCLA took first with a 7-under-par 206 finish. Sophia Popov of Southern California ended the tournament in second place at 6-under 207 while Karen Chung and Annie Park, also of Southern California, took tied for third with a 5-under-par 208s. Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford and Charlotte Thomas of Washington tied for fifth, ending the tournament at 4-under 209.
The Stanford Intercollegiate was the final tournament of the Fall season for the Tigers. Auburn will return to action Feb. 16-18, 2014 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
Schober Shares a Spot in First as Gators Finish Third in Day One of The Alamo
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Matching a career high, shooting five-under (67), junior Sarah Schober led the No. 14 Gators women's golf team to a third-place finish after round one of The Alamo Invitational. Schober made an extraordinary nine birdies in the first 18 holes of play and shares the top spot on the individual leaderboard.
Two more Florida women shot under-par in round one of The Alamo: redshirt sophomore Katie Mitchell and junior Camilla Hedberg, finishing two-under (70) and one-under (71), respectively. Hedberg played the best round of her junior season thus far.
Freshman Karolina Vlckova started the day strong with four birdies in her first nine holes of play and finished day one even par (72). Freshman Maria Torres shot just one stroke over Vlckova, ending the first round at a manageable one-over (73).
Just two strokes from the lead, the Gators enter round two of The Alamo Invitational with the hopes and the talent to improve on the course.
Head Coach Emily Glaser Says: "We got off to a nice start today. The course was scoreable and the girls took advantage of the birdie opportunities they had. Sarah [Schober] played an outstanding round of golf - nine birdies in one round is really golfing your ball. She has been working hard and I am so happy for her."
"We are in the hunt and that is where you want to be after day one. The next two days will be fun."
RazorbackWGolf Second; Lavy, Tubert Third
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The seventh-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team shot a 279 and is in second while seniors Emma Lavy and Emily Tubert are tied for third in the first round of the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, Texas, Sunday.
“We got off to a strong start today,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “We’ve been really working mentally and focusing on getting out to a hot start. The conditions were really favorable today and I’m really proud of our seniors. Two 68s out of them is great. The rest of the group just really fought hard. Regina had two birdies in her last holes. It was a group effort today.
“The team stayed really patient and we are right where we want to be and in contention,” Estes-Taylor continued. “We have two days to go and we need to stick to the plan and take it one stroke at a time. I’m proud of our start but we have to put it behind us and get back to work and get out to a good start the next two days,”
Seniors Emma Lavy and Emily Tubert are tied for third place overall shooting 68s. Lavy, a Fayetteville, Ark., native, opened strong with three consecutive birdies on a busy scorecard. She bogeyed the sixth and 10th holes but rallied with a birdie on 11 and an eagle on the 13th hole as her solid round continued.
Lavy finished with a birdie on the 15th hole, a bogey on 16 and back-to-back pars to close with a 68.
Tubert’s, a Burbank, Calif., native, wasn’t nearly as colorful. She opened with a bogey on the first hole then birdied five, seven and eight to turn two-under. She added birdies on the 13th and 18th holes for her four-under 68.
Sophomore Regina Plasencia was also under par firing a two-under 70 in the first round. Plasencia began her round with four par holes before counting a four on the par five fifth hole to turn one-under. She moved to even with a bogey on the 11th but a strong finish saw her birdie the 16th and 17th holes to close with a 70. Plasencia is tied for 13th overall
Sophomore Gabriela Lopez posted a one-over 73 and is tied for 39th while freshman Summar Roachell is tied for 49th with a 74. Lopez opened with eight consecutive par holes before a bogey on the ninth hole. She moved back even with a birdie on the 11th. She remained even through the 13th hole when she counted back-to-back bogeys. Lopez got one shot back on the 16th hole and finished with a pair of pairs for her 73.
Roachell opened her round with a bogey and counted a two on the par three eighth hole turning even. She would remain even through the 17th but suffered back-to-back bogeys to finish with a 74.
Fifth-ranked Oklahoma is the first round leader shooting a 10-under 278. The seventh-ranked Razorbacks are second at nine under with a 279 followed by No. 17 Florida with 280, No. 46 Texas A&M with 281 and No. 25 LSU and host UTSA are tied for fifth with 285.
The rest of the field includes No. 43 SMU with 287, No. 44 Florida State and No. 49 TCU with 289, No. 40 Louisville, Tennessee and No. 18 Tulane with 290, Texas State with 292, Texas with 295 and Baylor with 297.
Play continues with second round action Monday.
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