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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

With 36 holes completed and one round left in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., the UF women’s golf team dropped two spots to 12th place.

The squad shot a 309 (+25) on Tuesday, bringing its total to 613 (+45).

“Obviously, we are capable of much better than what we have shown the last two days,” head coach Jan Dowling said. “We’ve got to keep looking at the positives, we’ve got to continue working hard and take a good honest look at our last two rounds. Hopefully, we play tomorrow depending on the weather.”

Freshman Isabelle Lendl led the Gators with a two-round total of 149 (79-70, +7). She shot a new career-low of 70 (-1) in her second 18. Lendl moved up 35 spots and is currently tied for 20th place.

“The great thing about this team is that they’ve got a lot of potential and a lot of talent and some of that is just taking advantage of the golf course,” Dowling said. “When things don’t quite go your way, you’ve got to make sure that you understand that you’re a great player.

“Isabelle played very well today and I was very happy to see her shoot the scores that she shot today.”

On the flip side, UF’s leader on Monday, junior Jessica Yadloczky, dropped to 45th place after adding nine strokes for a total of 155 (73-82, +13).

“It’s a difficult golf course,” Dowling said. “If you’re not feeling comfortable, that course can really eat you up pretty quickly. The round got away from her [Yadloczky] a little bit, but it’s not Jessica, it’s not the way she normally plays.”

Matching her previous round’s score, sophomore Marika Lendl finished Tuesday with a two-round total of 154 (+12).

Lendl double-bogied on her second hole, but quickly redeemed herself with nine pars and two birdies.

Her 36-hole score is good for a 40th-place tie.

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