Bearcats in Third After Round One of UC Spring Invitational|
March 22, 2013
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s golf team hit a 304 to place third after the first round of the UC Spring Invitational in Crystal River, Fla., at the Plantation Inn Golf Resort and Spa on March 22. The Bearcats are hosting the annual tournament for the eighth consecutive season and invited 16 teams to participate.
“I am proud of the team’s effort today” said head coach Janet Carl. “We played ourselves into a good position, but we need to find a way to make a few more putts tomorrow. But overall, we are expecting good things from the team in the next two rounds.”
The Bearcats’ first round score of 304 pitted them in third place, merely two strokes behind the leader, Bradley University. The score was 16 strokes over par. UC is on pace to earn its highest finish of the spring season, and its highest since placing second at the FIU Pat Bradley Invitational On Oct. 21-23.
Maria Roos (Uppsala, Sweden/Mississippi State) tied for second with an even par 72. The senior finished with 14 pars to sit two strokes behind the leader. Senior Alex Carl (Union, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) scored a 76 to tie for 16th place while junior Olivia Dose (Goteborg, Sweden/Goteborg Hogre Samskola) and freshman Stefanie Mitchell (Sarasota, Fla./Riverview) each hit a 78 to tie for 29th. Junior Andrea Malek (Tibro, Sweden/Klippans Gymnasleskola) rounded out the Bearcats’ contention in a tie for 54th place with 81 strokes.
Cincinnati also entered four individual competitors to the tournament. Sophomore Mackenzie Moir (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy) led all individual players with a season-low 77 to tie for 21st position. Freshman Stephanie Hovarth (Medina, Ohio/Highland) scored an 80 to tie for 45th while senior Fredricka Winqvist (Enebyberg, Sweden/Marina Larouerkert) tied for 88th with an 86 and freshman Ali Jakubecz (Strongville, Ohio/Strongville) tied for 90th with an 87. The UC Spring Invitational marked the first career action for both Hovarth and Jakubecz.
Bradley leads all teams with 302 strokes, while Florida Southern (303), Cincinnati, Xavier (306) and North Dakota State, Florida Gulf Coast and Seminole State (307) round out the top five. Florida Atlantic University, the only former champion (2007 and 2008) in the 2013 field, tied for 11th place after round one, shooting a 315.
In the individual competition, Florida Southern’s Megan Kiley shot a two-under-par 70 to pace the field. Six players scored an even par 72, including Roos.
The Bearcats will play the second round on Sat., March 23. Action will begin with tee times, with the first group taking the course at 8:30 a.m.