Florida Advances to NCAA Championship for Third Straight Year, 23rd Appearance in Sch

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    [FONT=&quot]With another solid day on the course including another career-low round (69) from senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines), the ninth-ranked University of Florida women’s golf team advanced to the NCAA Championship for the third-straight year after finishing in fourth-place in the 2013 NCAA Central Regional in Norman, Okla. The streak marks the first back-to-back-to-back appearance in the championship since the 2006 through 2008 seasons and is the 23<sup>rd</sup> total appearance in the finals in school history. The fourth-place finish also matches the team’s best finish in an NCAA Regional since 2008. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Along with Piccio’s performance, sophomore Anna Young (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) carded her best round of the year with a one-over (73) and helped the Gators finish with a total of 877 (+13), also its lowest total in a regional since the current format began in 1993. Four out of the five Gator starters scored one-over or better in today’s final round as Piccio was able to complete a round of 69 for the fifth time in her career and second of the week. The eighth-place finish is her second-highest finish of the year and is the first time she is the highest UF finisher in any tournament this season.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]“I am happy for Mia and her play this week,” Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. “She had one bad nine-hole stretch, but besides that, played great golf all weekend. It’s a real positive for this team to have our senior step up at crunch time. The team, alone, did a great job of rebounding after yesterday’s round. They hung tough all day today and never gave up. I’m proud of their toughness.”[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Starting her day at one-over for the tournament, Piccio got right to work with two-straight birdies on the second and third holes to get back to red numbers for the weekend. Upon reaching the turn, the senior birdied the par five, 8<sup>th</sup>, but suffered her first bogey of the day on the ninth hole. Not letting the one drawback get her down, Piccio came right back to birdie the tenth hole and then the 13<sup>th</sup> hole to move to four-under the day and three-under for the tournament. Unfortunately, she had to write down one more bogey at the 17<sup>th</sup>, but still finished with a stellar 69 and keep herself in the top-ten. Piccio’s final scores of 69-76-69 for a 214 (-2) left her in eighth place for her second under par tournament this year.[/FONT]

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