Newton in 28th Place After NCAA Regional First Round

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Abby Newton fired an even par 72 to open NCAA Regional action.

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Abby Newton fired an even par 72 to open NCAA Regional action.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

May 8, 2014

TWITTER: @OleMissWGolf
FACEBOOK: OleMissWGolf

East Region Live Scoring | East Region Website | First Round Results | Photo Gallery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sophomore Ole Miss women’s golfer Abby Newton used a stellar back nine to close the first round of the NCAA East Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., in 28th place on Thursday (May 8) at the Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee, Fla.

Entering the back nine at 3-over par, Newton fired 3-under par on the second nine holes, to close the day at even par 72. The highlight of Newton’s first round was an eagle on No. 4, which put the sophomore at 1-under through 13 holes.

“I had a rough start on the front nine,’ said Newton. “But I kept my head high because I knew that I could get it back. On the back nine I started with a birdie and from there I got on a roll and with an eagle on No. 4 I was able to finish 3-under on the back. I’m excited fro tomorrow’s round as I know I can have a really good round.” 

 On No. 4 Newton drove about 300 yards off the tee. With 175 yards to the green, she came up about five feet short of the green with the ball rolling back into the bunker. Newton played a beautiful bunker shot, which trickled right over the front edge and into the cup. In the words of head coach Michele Drinkard it was a “thing of beauty.” Newton’s eagle was her first of the spring and the third for an Ole Miss player this spring. 

“In golf you have to be patient and wait for your opportunities and Abby did that today,” said Drinkard. “She got off to a slow start with her driver; missing her first three drives to the right, which if you know Abby, is usually not the direction she misses a shot.  Once she adjusted the ball position she was off to the races and struck the ball very well.  I applaud her for being able to pick up on the adjustment needed and make that change immediately in the round.”

Starting on hole No. 10, Newton opened with par and closed the first nine holes at 3-over par. With a bogey on No. 11, Newton rebounded with a back-to-back pars on No, 12 and No. 13. With a bogey on No. 14, the sophomore held serve with two pars before closing the first nine holes with a par on No. 18.

Sitting at 3-over par at the turn, the Katy, Texas native took it up a notch, quietly moving up the leaderboard. Newton opened the front nine with two birdies and the ever-elusive eagle on No. 4.

Newton’s putting was much improved on the front nine, resulting in two birdies and the eagle. Newton was very aggressive with her putting, not taking any chances. On No. 6, she had a great look at a par and had a great putt that just lipped out, keeping her at even par.

“We really had “#TeamAbby” going today,” said Drinkard.  “Coach (Janell) Howland did a great job reading greens with her and Abby gave every putt a chance. It’s nice to see her playing aggressively and I look forward to watching her compete again tomorrow.”

Newton will continue action at the 2014 NCAA East Regional on Friday (May 9). The top two individuals from each regional will advance to the championship round in Tulsa, Okla., May 20-23.

For all Ole Miss women’s golf news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWGolf and on Facebook at Ole Miss WGolf

Individual Standings
T3- Lori Beth Adams (UNC Wilmington), 68--68
T13–Kaew Preamchuen (Kennesaw State), 70--70
T28-Abby Newton (Ole Miss), 72--72
T46- Lacey Fears (Mercer), 73--73
T60- Christina Vosters (Penn State), 74—74
T87-Ellen Ceresko (Penn State), 76--76

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Nkemdiche Headlines Retooled D-Line

      Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Football

      The return of junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and additions of sophomore Fadol Brown and freshman Marquis Haynes have changed the face of the defensive line, but freshman All-American Robert Nkemdiche remains front and center.  With a season of experience... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Sneak Peak

      Monday, August 18, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football 2014: Episode 1 Sneak Peak from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Wallace: 'It's My Offense'

      Monday, August 18, 2014 - Football

      The dean of Southeastern Conferences quarterbacks and the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing touchdowns, senior Bo Wallace is as healthy and confident as ever, and he's also assumed a more vocal leadership role on the... read more

    • VIDEO: We Are Ole Miss

      Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Athletics

      We Are Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.In case you missed it, "Forward Together: We Are Ole Miss" from earlier this year: Forward Together: We Are Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Football: Fins Up (Part 2)

      Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Football

      In case you missed it, Fins Up (Part 1) from last year:... read more

    • Rebels Battle Injuries on Defense

      Friday, August 15, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze confirmed that junior cornerback Carlos Davis suffered a torn ACL and will likely have surgery Monday. Davis joins sophomore cornerback Tee Shepard and junior safety Chief Brown on the list of players expected to miss... read more

    • Recapping the SEC Network Launch

      Friday, August 15, 2014 - Athletics

      The launch of the SEC Network shows the growth and vision of the 14 schools in the conference. #OleMiss-- Coach Alex (@apsimms2) August 15, 2014 That was fun! And the @SECNetwork is only getting started. #SECStoried finished strong. Great... read more

    • Ole Miss and the SEC Network Launch

      Thursday, August 14, 2014 - Athletics

      Tonight is the night!! #SECNetworkLaunch pic.twitter.com/73UYs8B0Hg-- SEC Network (@SECNetwork) August 14, 2014 Historic day for SEC & #OleMiss as we celebrate the launch of the @SECNetwork at 5pm CST! Congrats to everyone who made it happen!-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August... read more

    • Luke Breaks Down the Offensive Line

      Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - Football

      The center and right tackle position battles have been two of the biggest story lines of fall camp, but as the Rebels prepped for their second preseason scrimmage Wednesday night, they are closer to solidifying the depth chart along the... read more

    • Attitude, Effort are Front and Center in Process

      Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - Volleyball

      "Buy-in" is a common term thrown around by coaches. How will first-year Ole Miss head volleyball coach Steven McRoberts measure buy-in, as the team continues its preseason work for the upcoming season? Attitude and effort. "If we bring those two... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Soccer Day One

      Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - Soccer

      THE SEASON: Soccer - Day One from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Kennedy Recaps Trip, Talks New-Look Roster

      Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - Men's Basketball

      The Ole Miss men's basketball team wrapped up its Bahamian exhibition tour with a perfect 2-0 record. Head coach Andy Kennedy recapped the trip, talked about the chemistry, depth and experience of a new-look roster heading into the fall. The... read more

    • Looking at CB, OL, WR and RB Depth

      Monday, August 11, 2014 - Football

      Sophomore defensive end Fadol Brown and sophomore cornerback Kailo Moore returned from their respective injuries, while sophomore Tee Shepard remains out with a toe injury. The results from Shepard's MRI performed on Saturday are being sent to Birmingham, head coach... read more

    • Ole Miss Programming on SEC Network

      Monday, August 11, 2014 - Football

      The SEC Network will debut on Thursday, August 14 with a three-hour SEC Now that will visit every SEC school and the 21 sports within the SEC. The first two weeks of the network will also feature customized programming to... read more

    • The Week That Was: Ole Miss Football

      Sunday, August 10, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss continues its preparations for the the 2014 season with the second full week of fall camp starting Monday. Here's a look back at the first full week of fall camp with some observations and takeaways, as well as... read more