GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Junior Begonia Sarabia, making her first appearance for UNCG, shot a 3-over-par 73 in the first of the day's two rounds to lead the Spartans' efforts in the SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational on Sunday. Through 36 holes of the 54-hole event, UNCG stands 15th of 17 teams, nine of which are ranked in the nation's Top 50.
Sarabia, a transfer from the University of Miami, shot an 84 in the second round and paces a tight group of Spartans at 17-over-par 157. She is tied for 58th in the field and is one stroke ahead of three teammates, Courtney Taylor, Erica Creed and Ana Martinez.
Florida, the event's host, leads the way at 12-over 572 on the 6,002-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course. Play resumes via shotgun start at 8:30 Monday morning.
The Spartans lead Missouri and Stetson at the two-thirds mark of the 39th annual event, one of the most prestigious in women's college golf.
SUNTRUST GATOR WOMEN'S GOLF INVITATIONAL
Mark Bostick Golf Course, (Par-70, 6,002 yards)
1. Florida 572; 2. Florida State 589; 3. Arkansas 594; t4. Iowa State 596; t4. Coastal Carolina 59; t4. Colorado 596; 7. Ohio State 599; 8. Chattanooga 601; 9. Georgia State 602; 10. Texas Tech 607; 11. UCF 608; 12. Augusta State 609; 13. Kent State 610; 14. James Madison 619; 15. UNCG 625; 16. Missouri 628; 17. Stetson 641.
Top 10: Charlotte Lorentzen (Georgia State) 74-64—138; 2. Vicky Villanueva (Ohio State) 72-67—139; 3. Hannah Thomson (Florida State) 69-72—141; t4. Evan Jensen (Florida) 69-73—142; t4. Emily Talley (Colorado) 71-71—142; t6. Gabriella Dominguez (Texas Tech) 72-71—143; t6. Kaitlyn Price (UCF) 67-76—143; t6. Jessica Wallace (Colorado) 75-68—143; t9. Corinna Rees (Arkansas) 69-75—144; t9. Alicia Greer (Coastal Carolina) 69-75—144.
UNCG golfers: t58. Begonia Sarabia 73-84—157; t62. Courtney Taylor 79-79—158; t62. Erica Creed 76-82—158; t62. Ana Martinez 80-78—158; t86. Lizzie Bundy 86-78—164.