Jan. 28, 2013
LECANTO, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State University freshman Olivia Hullert finished in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings and the Seminole women's golf team finished in second place in the team standings at the Inaugural Florida Challenge on the Quarry Course at the Black Diamond Ranch. Hullert finished only four strokes out of the individual lead while the Seminoles finished nine strokes behind Florida for the team championship.
The one-day, 36-hole tournament featured five of Florida's top teams including No. 3 Florida, Florida State, Miami, UCF and USF and served as the spring season opener for each of the teams who will look to earn their way to the NCAA Championship finals at the University of Georgia in May. The Seminoles are looking to play in their school record eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament.
Florida won the team championship while Camilla Hedberg of Florida and Monifa Sealy of UCF shared the individual championship with identical scores of 1-under par 143.
Hullert (Baerum, Norway) earned the best career finish and her first career top 10 finish as he completed the two-round event with scores of 72-75 for a 36-hole total of 3-over par 147. Her first round score of 72 came within one stroke of tying her career best score for a single round while her 147 total marked a personal best for 36 holes. It marked the second time in her short four event career as a Seminole that Hullert had finished as the Seminoles' leader; she finished as the team leader at the Fall 2012 Landfall Tradition.
Senior Mary Beth Ramsay (Orlando, Fla.) finished in a tie for eighth place in the individual standings with scores of 72-76 for a two round total of 148. The finish marked the best for the senior and was her first top 10 finish in 10 career events. Ramsay's score of 72 in the first round marked her career best score for a single round while her two round total of 148 came within one of tying her career best 36-hole score of 147.
Hullert, Ramsay and sophomore Alex Milan (who played as an individual) were all among the first round leaders after all three carded even par scores of 72 over the first 18 holes of the event.
Milan (Lutz, Fla.) finished in a tie for third place in the individual standings as she established numerous career bests. She earned the first top-10 finish of her career and set personal records for best finish (tied for third) and 36-hole total (146) while tying her career best for a single round score with a 72 in the first round.
"Overall, I pleased with the way we played," said head coach Amy Bond. "Clearly the goal is the get better each round. This was a great way to open the spring season because we were all able to identify things that we need to continue to work on and at the same time our play today also showed that we improved over the winter break."
The Seminoles continue their spring schedule as they play host to the Florida State Match-Up at Southwood Golf Course February 15-17. This unique event pairs 12 teams in a first-of-its-kind event as the Seminole women's golf team brings high level NCAA golf to Tallahassee this spring - a spring that will also see the city play host to the Florida State Intercollegiate (men's golf, March 15-17 at Southwood) and the NCAA South Regional Championship (men's golf, May 16-18 at Golden Eagle Country Club).
Inaugural Florida Challenge/January 28, 2013/Par 13 Black Diamond Ranch - Quarry Course/Lecanto, Fla./Final Florida State Results 2/5. Florida State 294 301 595 T5. Olivia Hullert 72 75 147 T8. Mary Beth Ramsay 72 76 148 T12. Jessica Negron 74 76 150 T16. Carlton Kuhlo 80 74 154 T18. Laure Castelain 76 79 155 T3. Alex Milan 72 74 146* *played as an individual
Inaugural Florida Challenge/January 28, 2013/Par 13 Black Diamond Ranch - Quarry Course/Lecanto, Fla./Final Florida State Results 1. Florida 586 2. Florida State 595 3. Miami 599 4. UCF 608 5. South Florida 616