August 13, 2012

Florida Narrows Gap in Afternoon Matches

Florida picks up momentum heading into final round of individual matches on Tuesday. Georgia's lead narrowed to one and a half.

The 12-golfer Georgia team owns a one-and-a-half point edge over Florida entering the final day of the tightly contested Inaugural Women's Southeastern Challenge Matches being conducted at The Country Club of Ocala.

In a dominating morning four-ball performance, the Georgia Team won five out of six matches to own a three-point lead, 5-2-2 heading into the afternoon matches.  Florida was the first team to put points on the board in the morning.  Florida's Diane Lang and Mary Jane Hiestand, pictured left, defeated Harriet Cauthen and Nancy Gavin, of Alabama, 5 & 4.   The next group in, Lynda Case and Lin McMillan, of Florida, (pictured right) came back from a three-hole deficit to defeat Brenda Pictor and Darlene Werhnyak, of Georgia, 2 & 1.  Despite Florida jumping out to an early lead, Georgia gained momentum and won their last five matches to give them a three-point advantage over both Florida and Alabama.  However, the cushion did not last long with Florida's rebuttal in the afternoon foursome matches.

Two weather delays and two rounds of matches later, Florida only trails Georgia by one and a half points heading into the final day of individual matches.  Florida gained eight points during the afternoon matches, while Georgia gained six-and-a-half, and Alabama earned three-and-a-half.  The matches now stand with Georgia leading at 11 1/2 points, closely followed by Florida with 10 points, and Alabama at 5 1/2 points.Florida's senior teams, Hiestand/ Lang and Case/ McMillan, went undefeated for all matches on Monday.  Florida's Wendi Golden and Ericka Schneider, pictured below, won both of their matches in the afternoon bringing in another two points for Florida.  Meghan Stasi and Kristine Odaiyar, of Florida, finished strong defeating Alabama 2 & 1 and gaining a half point with an all square finish with Georgia.  Individual matches begin Tuesday morning with a total of twenty-four available points.

Nine four-ball matches were conducted in the morning, with one point being awarded per match win.  Twelve matches were conducted in the afternoon format of foursome match play (true alternate shot).  Matches do not exceed eighteen holes.  If the match is tied after 18 holes, the point is halved between the two teams. Click here for full results. 

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