Tubert, Razorbacks Lead Field
RIO MAR, Puerto Rico -- Senior Emily Tubert and the No. 8 University of Arkansas women’s golf team find themselves in the lead after first round action at the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico, Sunday.
Tubert, a three-time All-American, has a three-stroke lead over the field shooting a first round 68 in the Razorbacks’ first spring tournament. Arkansas holds a seven-stroke lead over No. 7 Alabama and is in the clubhouse with a first-day 288 on the River Course at Rio Mar Country Club.
The event format features a shotgun start so Tubert began her day on hole 5B and opened with a bogey but settled in getting the stroke back with a birdie on the par 5 eighth hole. She would par the next four holes before finishing the back side of the course with four birdies in her final six holes. Tubert added a birdie on the second hole, a par 4, 388 yarder to finish four-under for the round.
Teammates senior Emma Lavy and sophomore Gabriela Lopez also posted good rounds with 73s and are tied for eighth overall. Freshman Summar Roachell is tied for 18th with a 74 and sophomore Regina Plasencia is tied for 46th overall with a 77.
Lavy, a Fayetteville, Ark., native, started her day on the eighth hole and was really solid through the first 11 holes playing three-under. The front nine gave her more of a challenge and Lavy finished with four bogeys in her final nine holes to finish the day plus-one.
Lopez opend on hole 5A and was even as she made the turn on the course. She had three birdies and a bogey in her first five holes. She played the next nine holes plus one moving back to the front nine under par but like Lavy, the course’s opening holes proved challenging. Lopez finished bogey-par-bogey and was plus-one for the round.
As a team, the Razorbacks were the only team to play the course even par with a 288. Seventh-ranked Alabama is second with a first-day 295, followed by No. 22 Iowa State with 296, No. 15 North Carolina State and No. 40 GRU Augusta tied for fourth with 297 and No. 29 Auburn and Georgia tied for sixth with 298.
The rest of the field includes Tennessee with 300, No. 19 Northwestern with 301, Michigan with 304, No. 25 Kent State with 305, Purdue with 306, Texas Tech with 307, No. 43 TCU with 308 and Missouri in 15th place with 315.
Play continues with back-to-back shotgun starts Monday and Tuesday for the three-day event.
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Gamecocks Win Florida State Match-Up
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The South Carolina women’s golf team shot a 3-under 285 on Sunday at the SouthWood Golf Club to claim first place at the Florida State Match-Up hosted by Florida State University. The Gamecocks finished with a total score of 871 (+7).
South Carolina finished two strokes ahead Clemson, as the Tigers took second place with a total score of 873 (+9). Florida State finished in third place, carding an 811 (+17).
“I’m really proud of the team,” said head coach Kalen Harris. “With Clemson, coming down the stretch it was really tight all day. I’m proud of the way they played, they played well and it was fun to play well and battle until the end. It was nice to see everyone step up throughout the week. Everyone really contributed.”
Five golfers finished in the top-20 with Sarah Schmelzel leading the way. The Phoenix, Ariz., native carded a 2-under 70 in the final round to finish in second place with a score of 214 (-4). This marks a new career-best finish for the sophomore, and the second top-five finish of her career. Katelyn Dambaugh (T-7th), Samantha Swinehart (T-12th), Jia Xin Yang (T-12th) and Justine Dreher (T-16th) also finished in the top-20.
Dambaugh fired a 5-under 67 in the final round tallying five birdies and finishing with a total score of 219 (+3). The tie for seventh place is Dambaugh’s third top-ten finish of the season.
Senior Samantha Swinehart and freshman Jia Xin Yang, who competed in the tournament as an individual, finished the tournament with a total score of 222 (+6) after recording a 1-over 73 and an even-par 72, respectively, in the final round. This is Swinehart’s eighth top-20 finish of her career and third of the season.
Dreher shot a final round 76 (+4) to finish with a total score of 224 (+8). The junior’s tie for 16th place marks her third top-20 finish of the season and ninth of her career.
Senior Suzie Lee finished in a tie for 25th place after carding a 3-over 75 in the final round for a total score of 225 (+9).
Matilda Castren of Florida State finished in first place on the individual leaderboard, carding a 206 (-10) Schmelzel finished four strokes behind Castren to claim second place and Ally McDonald of Mississippi State and Ashlan Ramsey of Clemson tied for third with a total score of 214 (-2).
In the match-up portion of the tournament, South Carolina and Mississippi State finished in second place, two strokes behing the duo of Clemson and Virginia.
The Gamecocks will be back in action March 7-9 when they host the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. The 54-hole tournament will be played at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Alabama Women’s Second at Lady Puerto Rico Classic
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- Alabama women's golf team opened the 2014 spring schedule Sunday at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic with a 7-over 295 on the par-72, 6,191-yard River Course at the Wyndham Rio Resort and Mar Country Club.
The 10th-ranked Crimson Tide is in second place, seven shots behind No. 9 Arkansas, who carded an even-par 288 in the opening round. Iowa State is in third place, one shot back of the Tide at 8-over 296 while North Carolina State and GRU Augusta is tied for fourth at 9-over 297. Georgia and Auburn are tied for sixth at 298.
Northport native and redshirt freshman Cammie Gray paced the Alabama attack on Sunday with an even-par 72 that put her in a tie for sixth place after 18 holes. She made four birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on the round to leave her four shots back of individual leader Emily Tubert of Arkansas (68).
Sophomore Emma Talley and junior Daniela Lendl both tied for 18th after firing 2-over-par 74s in the first round. Talley, from Princeton, Ky., made two birdies and four bogeys, while Vero Beach, Fla., Lendl carded five bogeys and three birdies.
Senior Stephanie Meadow carded a 3-over 75, which was her highest round of the year. The native of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, made double bogey on the first and third holes to fall back early. She responded with birdies on the fifth and 15th holes before making bogey on 17 and par on 18 to close out her round. Sophomore Janie Jackson’s 78 was the Tide’s drop score.
Alabama will be in the first pairing off the tee Monday morning in the second round on the River Course at 6 a.m. (CST, 8 a.m. Atlantic). The Crimson Tide will be playing with Arkansas and Iowa State. Alabama has won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic the last four times they participated (2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013).
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Three Gators Finish in Top 20 at 2014 SunTrust Gator Invitational
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Redshirt junior Santiago Gavino had his best outing of the season with rounds of 71-71-73 (215), and was the tournament's highest finishing individual, as Florida wrapped up play at the 2014 SunTrust Gator Invitational on Sunday.
Gavino finished T12, matching his finish from the 2013 SunTrust Gator Invitational, while juniors Eric Banks and J.D. Tomlinson brought home top 20 finishes, recording a shared spot for 18th. Banks and Tomlinson both carded rounds of 71-74-72 (217) to finish seven-over, 11 strokes off the lead.
No. 23 Arkansas came away victorious in the 36th annual SunTrust Gator Invitational with a final team score of 849 (+9). The Razorbacks had three golfers place in the top 20, as Sebastian Cappelen and Taylor Moore both shot a 68 in round three to finish tied for fourth.
Mercer's Trey Rule claimed individual medalist honors in a playoff, the first at the SunTrust Gator Invitational since 2011, on holes one and two against Florida State's Hank Lebioda. Rule birdied both holes to take the crown after firing rounds of 70-67-69 (206) over the weekend, including an eagle on hole three this afternoon.
Buddy's Bite: "It was a nice event. The Gator is always special in my opinion. It was a little chilly in the mornings but Todd Wilkinson and his staff did a great job getting the golf course ready. We had a little tornado about two hours before the first tee time on Saturday morning but they had it ready to roll at 8 a.m. So, tip of the cap to him, Scott Hampton and his staff."
"Every tournament seems to be kind of like Groundhog Day and that we've done the same things over and over. Even today, my best three players shot 10-over on the last nine holes or it (Florida's finish) could have been at least reasonable. We've done it every single tournament so what else can you do besides continue to work hard."
"I'm not giving up and they (the players) aren't giving up. But, we're going to do some things differently."
Georgia Golfers 6th, Three Shots From 2nd In Puerto Rico
RIO GRANDE, P.R. -- The Georgia women's golf team fired a 10-over 298 in Sunday's first round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, leaving the Bulldogs tied for sixth but just three shots from second.
No. 8 Arkansas grabbed a seven-shot lead at the Rio Mar Country Club by shooting even-par 288. Trailing the Razorbacks and rounding out the top-10 teams are No. 7 Alabama at 295, No. 22 Iowa State at 297, No. 15 N.C. State and Georgia Regents Augusta both at 298, the Bulldogs and Auburn tied at 298, Tennessee at 300 and No. 19 Northwestern at 301.
Freshmen Harang Lee and Sammi Lee paced Georgia with a pair of 1-over 73s. The Bulldogs also counted a 74 by Amira Alexander and a 78 from Manuela Carbajo Ré, while dropping Rocio Sanchez Lobato's 84.
"It was a good round and there were definitely a lot of positives," head coach Josh Brewer said. "It's great to see Sammi and Harang play well all day. They've both been working hard, and you like to see them rewarded for that. Amira played over the break and I think that has helped her be sharp. Manuela and 'Ro' were our top two in qualifying. I know they will play better, probably really well at some point in the next two days."
On the individual leaderboard, Lee and Lee are tied for sixth, five shots off the pace of Arkansas' Emily Tubert. In addition, Alexander is tied for 18th, Carbajo Ré is tied for 51st and Sanchez Lobato is tied for 75th.
The Bulldogs will be paired with Auburn, Georgia Regents Augusta and Tennessee for Monday's second round. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 7:00 a.m. ET, and live scoring will be updated on a three-hole basis at golfstat.com.
RazorbackMGolf Opens Spring With Win At Gator Invitational
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Behind a pair of two-under par 68s from senior Sebastian Cappelen and sophomore Taylor Moore, the No. 23 Arkansas men’s golf team expanded on its three-stroke lead entering the final round with a team score of one-under 279 en route to capturing the Gator Invitational by six strokes on Sunday at the Mark Bostick Golf Course.
The tournament title is the second of the year for the Razorbacks, who captured the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate in the fall. Sunday’s win came against a competitive field of 14 teams that featured five teams in the Golf World/Nike Golf Top 25 ranking.
Arkansas accounted for two of the five lowest team rounds during Saturday’s opening 36 holes, while its 279 on Sunday was one of three under-par rounds turned in by the field. The two-day total of 286-284-279/849 finished six strokes ahead of No. 22 Florida State, nine in front of No. 21 Vanderbilt and 14 ahead of No. 8 UCF.
“I’m very proud of the team for coming out of the winter break with a lot of focus,” said head coach Brad McMakin, who has led Arkansas to 19 team wins. “I thought our approach from the start was really good and the guys were mentally prepared. Everyone contributed to this win. It was a complete team effort.”
After strong winds made Saturday’s opening 36 holes on the par 70, 6701-yard course even more challenging, Sunday presented perfect scoring conditions as Cappelen and Moore both finished even-par or lower on each side. The duo finished in a tie for fourth overall, just four strokes off the lead and they were two of just five players in the field of 75 to shoot even-par or lower over the two days.
A member of The Ben Hogan Award Watch List, Cappelen was Arkansas’ low-man in two of three rounds with a 71-71-68/210(E) scorecard. The Denmark native’s 12 birdies were the third-most in the field while he’s now finished in the top 5 in three of six events this year.
After just two birdies over the first 36 holes, Moore carded six on Sunday for his four under-par round of the year and a season-low 68. Moore’s 68 followed rounds of 72 and even-par 70, as he was Arkansas’ leader with 30 pars over the weekend.
Making his first start of the year, redshirt senior William Meason turned in an impressive performance by tying for 14th overall. Meason entered Sunday as the Razorbacks’ low-man after rounds of 72 and one-under 69 on Saturday. Meason was bogey-free over his first 12 holes during Saturday’s second round as his 69 was a career-low. He three-round 72-69-75/216 was also a career-best by eight strokes.
Redshirt sophomore Kolton Crawford and sophomore Nicolas Echavarria rounded out five players in the top 30. Both Crawford and Echavarria turned in two counting scores en route to tying for 30th with scores of 220.
Arkansas will look to carry over the momentum from its season-opening tournament title to the Bayou City Collegiate Championships next weekend. The three-day event begins on Friday, Feb. 21, at Redstone Golf Club.
Bulldogs Place In Sixth, McDonald T-Third In Spring Opener
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Third time’s a charm as the Mississippi State women’s golf team posts its lowest score in Sunday’s third and final round of the Florida State Match-Up to finish in sixth, while Ally McDonald and Jessica Peng clinch top-10 finishes.
All-American McDonald fired eight birdies in her final round to move up the leaderboard for a share of third, her fourth top-10 finish of the year. Peng notched a final score of 221 to claim the third top-10 position of her young career.
With a 36-hole score of 604 entering the final round, MSU carded an 4-over-par 292 at the Southwood Golf Course to extend the program record consecutive top-10 regular season finishes to 16.
“This time of year, it’s about getting tournament ready and remembering what if feels like to be in competition,” MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “We improved every day, and we have a lot of work to do. This was a solid start.”
Entering the day in fourth, McDonald posted a 3-under-par 69 Sunday round to place her at 2-under for the event. The Fulton, Miss., native showed great perseverance by following up her opening hole bogey on hole 10 with back-to-back birdies on holes 11 and 12.
The determination was on display again for McDonald as she notched a 5-under-par final 9 holes with consecutive birdies on holes 1-3 after misfiring with bogeys on each of her last two holes on her first 9 holes.
Freshman Peng finished in a tie for 10th after turning in a 3-over-par 75 final round scorecard. The young Bulldog added two birdies in her third round to tally 8 for the tournament.
Junior Rica Tse narrowly missed the top-25 by two strokes as she notched her best round in Tallahassee with a 1-over-par 73. The Southeastern Conference’s Co-Golfer of the Week finished with seven birdies and as one of four tied for lowest scorer of the tournament on par 3 holes with a stroke average of 2.92.
Mary Langdon Gallagher and Ji Eun Baik each posted their lowest rounds of the tournament at 76 and 75, respectively, to round out the Bulldogs lineup.
No. 13 South Carolina claimed the tournament championship with a final score of 7-over-par 871. Matilda Castren of the host Florida State won the individual crown with a 1-under-par 206 final scorecard. .
Brown-Lemm’s squad will return to action in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, a top-5 ranked regular season tournament, on Feb. 23-25 in New Orleans, La., at the English Turn Golf and Country Club.
Updates will be provided on the Mississippi State women’s golf Twitter account, @HailStateWG, and Facebook page, facebook.com/HailStateWG.
Ruzickova Fifth at Florida State Match-Up
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Texas A&M senior Katerina Ruzickova shot three under par for the day to place fifth at the Florida State Match-Up, the Aggies finished fifth in the team standings.
Ruzickova (71-75-69=215, -1) recorded four birdies in the third round to capture the fifth place spot. Freshman Andrea Jonama (72-76-77=225, +9) tied for 25th individually, while freshmen Callie Scheffler (77-78-74=229, +13), Bianca Fabrizio (73-82-75=230, +14) and junior Natalie Reeves (79-78-75=232, +16) rounded out the A&M contingent.
“I am so proud of how Callie played today,” Texas A&M head coach Trelle McCombs said. “She hit the ball well all day but just couldn't get anything to fall. Kat was steady, as always. She displayed some awesome golf this week. She's on the brink of having an unbelievable tournament and bringing home a win.”
As a team, the Aggies (293-307-293=893, +29) were five on over par in Sunday’s third round to finish the tournament in fifth place. Round two leader South Carolina (293-293-285=871, +7) held on to the lead and captured the team title, while Clemson (+9), Florida State (+17) and Virginia (+24) followed consecutively. Mississippi State (+31) ended the day in sixth as Mercer (+36), Furman (+36), Kansas (+57), Kansas State (+59) and Florida Gulf Coast (+63) brought up the rear.
“We played nicely today,” McCombs said. “I was proud of the girls and how they bounced back. I saw some great things out there.”
The Aggies are back in action Feb. 24-25 as they take part in the UC Irvine Invitational in Santa Ana, Calif.
Women's golf tied for sixth after first round at Puerto Rico
RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO -- The No. 29 Auburn women’s golf team finished the first day of play at the 12th Annual Lady Puerto Rico Classic in a tie for sixth with a 10-over 298. Sophomore Alex Harrell is tied for second after firing a 1-under 71.
The par 72 course is playing at 5,826 yards for the three-day event. The tournament hosted by Purdue is held at the River Course at Rio Mar Resort.
Harrell continued with her strong play as just one of five players with a round under par in the opening round. The sophomore finished tied for first at last weekend’s Lady Bulldog Invitational. Marta Sanz posted a first-round score of 1-over 73 and is tied for eighth.
Diana Fernandez carded a two-over 74 and is tied for 18th after the first round. Jamie Yun ended the first day with an 8-over, 80. Clara Baena fired a 9-over 81 in the opening round and is tied for 69th.
Arkansas leads the tournament after the first day of play, firing an even-par round of 288. Alabama is second with a 7-over 295, while Iowa State is just one shot back with an 8-over 296. North Carolina State and Augusta State are tied for fourth with rounds of 9-over 297. The Tigers are tied for sixth with Georgia, carding 10-over 298.
Individually, Arkansas’ Emily Tubert leads the field after carding a 4-under 68 on the tournament’s first day. Harrell is in a four-way tie for second with Purdue’s Aurora Kan, NC State’s Brittany Marchand and Iowa State’s Prima Thammaraks.
The tournament continues on Monday with an 8 a.m. start. The final round will begin with an 8:30 a.m. start time on Tuesday morning. Live scoring for the tournament is be available via GolfStat.com.
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#16-ranked MG finishes third at SunTrust Gator Invitational
The Vanderbilt men's golf team finished its first spring tournament of the season on Sunday, finishing in third place at the SunTrust Gator Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville. Freshman Matthias Schwab led all Vanderbilt players at the tournament, finishing in a tie for sixth with a two-over par, 212 (71-71-70).
Junior Hunter Stewart also carded a top 10 finish, finishing in a tie for 10th after firing a final round 68 and ending the tournament with a four-over par, 214 (74-72-68). His 68 tied for the low round of the day on Sunday.
"I thought it was a really good day and a good start to the spring," said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. "We had all five guys in it all day long and that's what great teams do. The guys did a good job of concentrating down the stretch and finished strong. Obviously, Hunter played a great round and everyone else was really steady."
Vanderbilt finished three strokes behind second-place Florida State and nine strokes back of tournament champion Arkansas.
Senior Charlie Ewing finished in the top 20 for the weekend after carding a three-round total of 217 (75-69-73, T-18), while sophomore Carson Jacobs finished in a tie for 22nd with a 218 (74-72-72). Junior Ben Fogler fired a 221 for the three-round tournament (74-76-71), and finished in a tie for 40th.
Mercer's Trey Rule won a playoff with Florida State's Hank Lebioda on the second hole to claim medalist honors with a final total of 206.
Vanderbilt returns to the course March 2-4 in Los Cabos, Mexico, at the Querrencia Cabo Intercollegiate.
"Moving forward we are going to focus on the parts of our game that can use improvement and prepare for our next tournament," said Limbaugh.
Strong Day for Song, Lady Vols Eighth
RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO -- The Tennessee women's golf team competed well on its first day at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. The Lady Vols faced a 15-team field consisting of six of the nation's top-25 teams and remain in contention after one round of play.
After the front nine, the Lady Vols found themselves in second place behind stellar play from senior Chessey Thomas and freshman Lucia Polo. However, late round struggles dropped Tennessee to eighth place with a first round total of 300 (+12).
"Today was an okay day for us," head coach Judi Pavon said. "We did a lot of good things out on the course today, which was great to see. We had a few unforced errors that kept us from a great round. We will try to clean those up for tomorrow."
Tennessee connected on a total of ten birdies, six of which came from the combination of Thomas and Polo.
Fresh off a championship at the Lady Bulldog Individual, Thomas finished Sunday tied for eighth place after carding a 73 (+1). Polo is tied for 18th position after totaling a 74 (+2).
The biggest surprise of the day was the emergence of Daeun Song. The junior from Korea shot a 74 (+2) and currently sits tied for 18th place after the first round. Song is competing as an individual for the Lady Vols.
"My score indicates I played better than I think I did," Song said. "I got myself in trouble a lot of times, but I was able to save them and make some solid pars. I also learned the importance of having a course strategy."
Rounding out the UT lineup, junior Mason Chen carded a 75 (+3), Hannah Pietila shot a 78 (+6) and Emmie Pietila totaled an 84 (+12).
This marks the third time in program history the Lady Vols have played in the Puerto Rico tournament, which is hosted by Purdue University. The last visit came in 2009, when the Lady Vols finished runner-up. In 2009, Nathalie Mansson led Tennessee by finishing in third place with a score of 220 (+4).
Tennessee continues its quest for the tournament crown when the second round begins Monday at 8:00 a.m. (ET).
Women's Golf Finishes Day One in Puerto Rico
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico -- Mizzou Women's Golf closed out round one of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Sunday, finishing 27-over par on the day. The Tigers were led by Redshirt Sophomore Michelle Butler who scored 5-over par through the first round.
No. 8 Arkansas leads the Lady Puerto Rico Classic after a day one score at even par. No. 7 Alabama and No. 22 Iowa State round out the top three teams with scores 7-over par and 8-over par, respectively.
"It was quite a disappointing start for us today," head coach Stephanie Priesmeyer said. "The team was really excited to play and we had great practice sessions leading into the first round. We struggled on the greens and had way too many double bogeys. We didn't take advantage of our birdie opportunities when we had great shots and that was the big difference in relation to the rest of the field. We had a very productive practice session after today's round and will see a big improvement tomorrow."
Butler started off the day with a quick recovery from a double bogey on her second hole. She birdied her third hole to sit just 1-over par through the back nine holes. A few bogeys on the front nine gave her a final round tally of 77 to start the tournament. She sits in a tie for 46th overall in the tournament.
Senior Taylor Gohn finished just one stroke behind Butler for a 6-over par first round score. Freshman Jess Meek is also close behind, she finished the first round 7-over par and sits in a tie for 59th overall.
Sophomore Katherine Hepler shot 9-over par through the first round to tie for 69th in the tournament, while junior Alina Rogers finished 15-over par in the first round.
The Lady Puerto Rico Classic field consists of 15 teams, including No. 7-ranked Alabama, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 15 North Carolina State, No. 19 Northwestern, No. 22 Iowa State, and No. 25 Kent State. Mizzou will also compete with other SEC teams including Georgia, Tennessee and No. 29 Auburn. TCU, Texas Tech, GRU Augusta, Michigan and Purdue round out the field of competition. Live scoring of the event will is available at www.golfstat.com.
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