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Sunday, September 27, 2009


Sammy Vass improves by 10 strokes on

her second competitive round in USA

Well done, Sammy Vass! The Tain teenager slashed 10 shots off her first round score with a round of 79 on the last day - Saturday's second round was washed out - of the Bettie Lou Evans Invite women's college tournament at the University Club of Kentucky, Lexington, today.
Sammy, pictured by Cal Carson Golf Agency, enrolled as the University of Central Florida only a few weeks ago. She will take time to find her feet but it was encouraging that she could make a 10-stroke improvement at the second time of asking.
Sammy was not in the UCF team of five for this event but the head coach took her along to play as an individual and gain some competitive experience of American conditions which must be a wee bit difference from the the North of Scotland.
Her Sunday score of 79 was a better second round by four shots than one of the UCF players who was competing for the team.
Macarena Silva (Florida State) and Paula Hurtado (Florida International) tied for victory - no word of a play-off on "GolfStat" - on level par 143 (two courses were used, one with a par 71, the other a par 72).
They finished two shots ahead of Jessica Alexander (Coastal Carolina) (75-70) and the best of the UCF team, Victoria Tomko, who scored 72-73.
Steph Gough (Middle Tennessee State) from Aylesbury slipped back from a share of fifth place to a final position of joint 24th. She had rounds of 74 and 77 for 151.
Two other English players, both students at Florida International University, finished joint 41st and 51st respectively in the field of 82 players.
Lauren Blease scored 78 and 76 for 154, and Nikki Dunn had rounds of 82 and 76 for 158.
Florida State (587) won the team event from UCF (592) with Chattanooga - whose head coach is Scot Colette Murray - third of 15 teams on 598.