Gators finish fifth
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. — A combined 12 birdies for freshmen Won Jun Lee and Chris Nido helped them finish under par for the day Tuesday, as the first-year players were the only two Gators to finish below par to pace Florida to a fifth-place finish at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational. Oklahoma won the tourney at 825 (-27) and Stanford was second at 828 (-24).
Nido was hot at the start, carding birdies on his first four holes of the round. At the turn, Nido was at three-under for the day before eventually carding a 69 (-2). He was one of the biggest movers of the round jumping up 16 spots to finish tied for 39th in the competition.
Lee, who also finished two-under on Tuesday, was the Gators’ highest finisher on the leaderboard as he tied for 14th at five-under. After a one-over first round, Lee was a combined six-under over the last 36 holes. Andy Zhang would join Lee under par for the tournament as his one-under 54 holes tied him for 27th in the competition.
Florida finishes fourth
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. —The Gators moved up two spots in the final round Tuesday to finish fourth at the Windy City Classic. Battling tough weather conditions, Florida had the third best round of the 15 teams in the field carding a nine-over.
The Gators finished the week with a three-round score of 870 (+18) passing Iowa State and Duke in the final 18 holes. Arizona State won the tourney with an 853 (+1) and Oklahoma State was second at 856 (+4).
Individually, Florida was led by Taylor Tomlinson, who placed 12th in the event at three-over par. Just two strokes behind her was Carlotta Ricolfi, who, with the help of 12 birdies on the week, finished in a tie for 18th. Ricolfi and teammate Marta Perez both finished tied for third in the tournament in total birdies as their dozen was just one back of the tournament leaders.
With three birdies on her final nine, Elin Esborn totaled 10 for the week. Those final three helped her move up 16 spots to place 20th in the tournament.
“This is the type of golf course that requires you to pay attention and can expose some weaknesses,” UF coach Emily Glaser said. “I thought we gained a lot of valuable information to help us prepare for our next event at the end of the month and also just to help us get better overall.”
No. 1 Florida, the nation’s only undefeated team, hosts Texas A&M in a televised match at 7 p.m. today at the O’Connell Center.
The Gators are coming off sweeps of Tennessee and LSU last weekend, propelling them to an 11-0 overall record. It is the fourth-best start in program history, behind only 16-0 starts in 1987 and 2007, as well as a 28-0 start in 1995.
Florida also enters with a 3-0 record in Southeastern Conference play. Only the Gators and No. 10 Kentucky are unbeaten in league matches. The Aggies come in at 4-6 overall, 1-2 SEC.
The match will air on ESPNU and on radio at AM-850 and 98.1-FM.