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Texas A&M Charges up Leaderboard at SunTrust Gator Invite

March 15, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Texas A&M women’s golf team turned in the second best round in the field to move up seven spots on the leaderboard finishing day two at the SunTrust Gator Invitational in a tie for third place. Freshman Marijosse Navarro took the day two lead and senior Katerina Ruzickova moves into top-5.

The Aggies (301-280) finished the second round at the par 70, 6,002 yard Mark Bostick Golf Course at even par, only leader Kent State (296-279) carded a better round than Texas A&M. Trailing Kent State on the leaderboard in the top-10 is Ohio State, Arizona, A&M, Virginia, Florida State, Miami, Oklahoma, Penn State and host Florida. Furman, UTSA, Old Dominion and South Florida complete the day two standings.

“The team had a meeting in the lobby last night and as a result of that had a total change in their approach today,” head coach Trelle McCombs said. “I am not completely sure what they talked about last night, but it worked. This team is very resilient and they want to win.”

Freshman Marijosse Navarro (71-69) continues to impress since joining the Aggies in January. The Mexico City native claimed the day two lead with a one-under performance to stand at even-par through two rounds. Navarro claimed the individual title at last Sunday’s Battle at the Valley and finished 11th at the UC Irvine Invitational in her maroon and white debut.

“MJ played very steady golf all day long today,” McCombs said. “She never really let herself get into trouble and stayed very patient on the course.”

The best round of the day from an Aggie came from senior Katerina Ruzickova (76-67); the three- under round moved her from a tie for 47th into a tie for 5th. The trio of freshman Bianca Fabrizio (75-72, t28), senior Chelsea Mocio (79-72, t44) and freshman Andrea Jonama (81-72, t51) all finished two-over to help the Aggies climb the leaderboard.

“Kat had that look about her this morning and after John and I saw her play a couple holes we just got out of her way and let her do her thing,” McCombs added. “We noticed very early in the round that she was in complete control of her game. She is a special player and I knew after yesterday’s round that she was not going to give up.”

The tournament concludes Sunday morning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The Aggies will tee off alongside golfers from Virginia and Florida State on holes four through seven. Live scoring for the event is available at golfstat.com. Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieWomensGolf on Twitter for coverage of Texas A&M women’s golf.

 

Team Standings

Place

Team

Round 1

Round 2

To Par

1

Kent State

296

279

+15

2

Ohio State

292

288

+20

3

Arizona

294

287

+21

 

Texas A&M

301

280

+21

 

Virginia

294

287

+21

6

Florida State

292

295

+27

7

Miami

295

296

+31

8

Oklahoma

295

297

+32

9

Penn State

293

303

+36

10

Florida

305

292

+37

11

Furman

307

300

+47

12

UTSA

309

299

+48

13

Old Dominion

300

311

+51

14

South Florida

309

311

+60

Texas A&M Scores and Standings

Place

Individual

Round 1

Round 2

To Par

1

Marijosse Navarro

71

69

E

t5th

Katerina Ruzickova

76

67

+3

t28

Bianca Fabrizio

75

72

+7

t44

Chelsea Mocio

79

72

+11

t50

Andrea Jonama

81

72

+13

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