WOMEN'S GOLF: UF tied for sixth place

PALOS VERDES, CA --- The number 22/23 ranked University of Florida Lady Gator golf team is currently sitting in sixth place after round one of the 2005 Northrop Grumman Regional tournament. The Lady Gators combined for a 302 score after the first 18 of a 54-hole contest. No. 2 ranked UCLA is currently in first place with a 289, but is being watched closely by No. 1 Duke, who is just four strokes over the Bruins.

Leading the way for Florida was freshman Tiffany Chudy (Miramar). Chudy had been leading the team all day, shooting par on four of her first nine rounds. In the back nine, she finished with three birdies, one bogey and five holes of even par. Her final tally of 74, just three strokes over par, garnered the freshman a tie for 11th place.

Next in the ranks for UF was freshman CJ Kim (Rowland Heights, Calif.). Kim completed play in round one with a 75. Thirteen of her 18 holes played today went for even or one under par. Kim is currently sitting in a tie for 19th place. Sandra Gal (Leichlingen, Germany) carded a 76 for her first round of the Northrop Grumman. With just five strokes over par, the freshman is in a tie for 29th place in the tournament.

Teammates Eleanor Tucker (Wilson, N.C.) and Andrea Vander Lende (Longwood) are sitting in a tie for 41st place after posting an initial 18 round of 77 apiece. For her first 14 holes of the day, Vander Lende held herself to a continuous total tally of just three over par, but ended the first round of 18 six strokes over. Tucker is competing as an individual in this year's Northrop Grumman.

And bringing up the tail end of the starting five for the Lady Gators was freshman Whitney Myers (East Berlin, Penn.) who ended her first round with an 84. Myers began her day with a double bogey on hole 10. The freshman was then able to steady herself for three holes, but then began to play hot and cold as she bogeyed and nailed a one under par round.

Tomorrow is a new day for the Lady Gators as the team will head out to the Palos Verdes Golf Course for round two of the three-day Northrop Grumman Regional. Teams will tee off between 9 and 11 a.m. Results from the competition are live and can be found at www.golfstat.com or by visiting the GatorZone website.

TEAM STANDINGS: (Place School Score) 1. UCLA 289; 2. Duke 293; 3. Pepperdine 296; T4. Washington 297; T4. Oklahoma State 297; 6. Florida 302

INDIVIDUAL LEADER: 1 Brittany Lang, Duke 68

UF STANDINGS: T11 Tiffany Chudy 74; T19 CJ Kim 75; T29 Sandra Gal 76; T41 Eleanor Tucker* 77; T41 A. Vander Lende 77; T75 Whitney Myers 84; (* competing as an individual)


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