April 19, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) - Sophomore Carlton Kuhlo is in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings and the Seminole women's golf team is in fourth place in the team standings after the first of three rounds of the 25th Annual ACC Championships at the Sedgefield Country Club. Kuhlo, who is looking to earn the first top five finish of her career, is only three shots behind the overall leader. The Seminoles are only five strokes behind NC State which sits in third place in the team standings and only six strokes behind second place Virginia.
The first round, which began 45 minutes earlier than originally scheduled because of the threat of severe rain, was played in very windy conditions. The wind blew at nearly 25 miles per hour or more throughout the round. The round ended just before a tornado watch for the area was issued.
No. 3 Duke leads the team standings and holds a seven stroke lead over second place Virginia with 36 holes remaining to be played. The Blue Devils are looking to win their third straight and 19th overall ACC Championship. Virginia's Brittany Altomare is in first in the individual standings as she carded an even par score of 71 in the first round. Altomare is the only golfer in the 45-player field who carded an even par or better score in the first round.
"I am extremely happy with the way we played today," said head coach Amy Bond. "The girls really hung in there under some tough conditions and executed our game plan really well. The wind was really blowing and our play today show that each of the girls have matured as golfers this year."
Kuhlo (Tallahassee, Fla.) continued to play the best golf of her Seminole career as she finished her first career ACC Championships round with a 3 over par score of 74. She carded two birdies - on her first and last holes of the round - and totaled 13 holes at par or better. After a birdie on her first hole which moved her to 1 under, she made the turn at 1 over after unfortunate birdies on holes No. 6 and 7. She then earned scores of par on five of her first eight holes on the back nine and finished with a birdie to complete her round at 3-over par.
"I hit the ball off the tee very well and gave myself good chances at birdies today," said Kuhlo. "I stayed patient and eventually my putts started to fall. When I did make a mistake, I tried my best to minimize it and get back into position to make a positive out of a negative."
Kuhlo begins play in Saturday's second round in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings and only three strokes out of first place.
"Carlton played a solid round of golf today," said Bond. "It was great to see her pay well. She hit the ball really well and she had a couple of good putts that just didn't fall. She did a great job of hanging in during some of the toughest wind conditions we have played in this year."
Kuhlo came within one of stroke of tying her career best singe round score of 73 which she has carded three times during her career including in the final round of her last tournament at the Marsh Landing Invitational. Kuhlo has now carded five consecutive rounds at 74 or better with three of those five scores coming in at 74 or better.
Freshman Olivia Hullert (Baerum, Norway) also played well in her first round of her first career ACC Tournament as she carded a 5 over par score of 76. She is in a tie for 12th place in the individual standings. Hullert was even after her first 12 holes with one birdie and 11 holes scored a par or better and sailing along until she hit a rough stretch on holes No. 13, 14 and 15 where she finished a cumulative total of five strokes over par. She righted the ship and finished the round with three consecutive holes scored at par.
Hullert has carded three of her last four and four of her last six rounds at 76 or better including a 73 in the final round of the Marsh Landing Invitational.
Sophomore Alex Milan (Lutz, Fla.) earned scores of par on six of her last eight holes of the round and finished with a 6 over par score of 77. She carded two birdies on her front nine including her second on hole No. 9 to make the turn at 2 over par.
Milan is playing in her second career ACC Championship after finishing in a tie for 40th place in 2012. Her score of 77 in Friday's first round is her second best score in four career ACC Championship rounds. She carded a 76 in the third round of the tournament last year.
"Now that we have gotten over the nerves of playing in the ACC Championships, I expect us to play well on Saturday," said Bond. "Our word for the weekend is `Believe'; I believe that all five girls will play well tomorrow."
The Seminoles will play with North Carolina and Wake Forest beginning at 9:20 a.m. in Saturday's second round.
25th Annual ACC Women's Golf Championship/April 19-21, 2013/Par 71 Sedgefield Country Club/Greensboro, N.C./First Round Team Results 1. Duke 293 6. Wake Forest 310 2. Virginia 300 T7. Boston College 311 3. NC State 301 T7. Maryland 311 4. Florida State 306 9. Miami 314 5. North Carolina 308