UF women’s golf advance to NCAA Championships

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FILE — University of Florida's senior golfer Taylor Tomlinson hits the ball. (Cyndi Chambers/Special to the Star Banner)
Special to Gatorsports.com

AUSTIN, Texas – The Florida women’s golf team advances to its 27th NCAA Championships in program history.

Florida finished tied for third at the Austin Regional posting a three round total of 869 (+5) Wednesday. That total cleared the cut line by nine strokes easily punching its ticket to Stillwater, Okla., starting May 18.

Led by redshirt freshman Elin Esborn, the Gators carded a final round 291 (+3) tying with Auburn and Baylor. Esborn shot 4-under-par to catapult her into a tie for 12th place at 3-under-par for the tournament. Arkansas (-21 838) and Texas (-15 849) finished 1-2.

“It wasn’t our best week but, we are advancing and that is the number one goal. It was a real team effort this week with every player contributing some key rounds,” UF coach Emily Bastel Glaser said.

Coming into the final round, the Gators were just three strokes above the cut line. Some early birdies by Sierra Brooks and Esborn on No. 1 and No. 2 helped Florida distance themselves from the teams below. Near the turn, the Gators were 14 stokes clear of the cut.

The Gators were even par through the front nine which helped them coast to a top six finish in Austin. This is the third straight year they have finished third or better in regional play.

Freshman Addie Baggarly and Brooks had big bounce back round to help the team advance. Brooks shot 73 (+1) improving on her second round total by five strokes while Baggarly turned in a final round 74 (+2) cutting three strokes off of her Tuesday round.

This will be the first NCAA Championship experience for four of the five Gators in the lineup. Senior Taylor Tomlinson has competed in the event in her last two seasons, finishing tied for 24th last year.

This will be the fifth time under Glaser’s direction the Gators will compete in the NCAA Championships. It’s best finish in Glaser’s six years at the helm came last year when the Gators advanced to the quarterfinals of match play before falling the the eventual National Champions, Arizona State.

“We did such a great job today of staying patient even though we weren’t playing our best. It was the difference maker on a day when the stress is high. This was such an awesome hurdle to cross for this team,” Glaser said.

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  1. This is a great news.Congratulations to the women’s golf team for advancing to it’s 27th NCAA championships .Though they didn’t play their best,they didn’t gave up and fought well.And that is all matters.Sometimes players can’t perform their best.It is common in sports.Anyways best wishes to the team.

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