Freshman Leading Women's Golf to victory

Freshman Tiffany Chudy (Miramar) is currently leading the No. 16 Lady Gator golf team to victory, while leading herself into the No. 1 chair at the 2005 Lady Puerto Rico Classic. Chudy occupies the top spot in individual finishes, carding a 146 after rounds of 74 and 72. Her low scoring has also boosted the Lady Gator team up two spots from the previous day's competition and into second place of the 13-team tournament field.

"Today was definitely moving day, and the girls pulled their weight and all helped move this team into second," head coach Jill Briles-Hinton said. "It would have been a lot nicer to have shaved some more strokes from our total, but over all, we are making great progress."

The No. 3 Auburn Tigers are currently leading the tournament field after carding a round two total of 596. Florida is just seven strokes behind the Tigers after firing team rounds of 308 and 295 for a 603 tally. In third place was TCU with a 605.

"If everything goes well tomorrow, we can take this title home with us tomorrow," Briles-Hinton said. "Hopefully conditions will be favorable. But we just need to take our game one shot at a time and we need each of our players to be in this 100 percent."

On the course for the Gators, not far behind her freshman colleague was three-season veteran Andrea Vander Lende (Longwood) with a 36-hole tally of 149. Vander Lende fired first and second-day rounds of 75 and 74 to finish up the second day of competition in a fourth-place tie. Next in for the Florida team was junior Camila Gonzalez (Bucaramanga, Columbia) in a tie for 21st place. Gonzalez rounded out day two with a 73; seven strokes better than her previous day's total of 80.

"Tiffany and Andrea are playing so solid for us and that is what we need to keep pushing our way up to the top," Briles-Hinton said. "Camila really stepped it up today too, which she needs to do. Camila is capable of posting those low rounds, and we need her to keep on doing it."

Also on the course for the Lady Gators was freshman Sandra Gal (Leichlingen, Germany). Gal posted a 157 after shooting rounds of 79 and 78, good for a 36th-place tie. Behind Gal was freshman CJ Kim (Rowland Heights, Calif.). Kim fired a 36-hole total of 159 (83-76) which put the golfer in a tie for 45th.

"CJ came back quite nicely for us today after having a rough day one. Hopefully we can get Sandra up to the same pace," Briles-Hinton said.

Also competing in the tournament as an individual is Eleanor Tucker (Wilson, N.C.) who finished her 36 holes carding a 154. Tucker finished two strokes higher than her day one total, firing a round of 78 for her second day on the course. Tucker currently occupies a tie for 25th.

The Lady Gator golf team will return to the Dorado Del Mar, Puerto Rico, course tomorrow for the final 18 holes of the 54-hole tournament. Results from the tournament will be available on at the conclusion of the 54-hole Classic.

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