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The Florida women’s golf team Sunday won its own Florida Gators Invitational for the fourth year in a row at Mark Bostic Golf Course, breaking their own record for the lowest team score in tournament history with a two-under 838.
Sophomore Addison Baggarly led the team and finished in a three-way tie for second place with a three-under score of 207. After hitting three bogeys in a row on the front nine of the final round, she birdied her final three holes of the day to finish the round one under par. There was only a one-stroke difference between the runner-ups and the individual champion Michaela Williams of Tennessee. Williams shot the second-lowest single round of the tournament in her final round, ending with a 65.
“We play this golf course a lot so one thing we know is you have to be patient,” UF coach Emily Glaser said. “And Miami had a really hot start yesterday and Clemson had a really good afternoon round so we kind of knew that as long as we could hang in there for a shot at today we knew we had a good chance. It’s 54 holes, and you have to stay patient. I thought they did a really good job of that yesterday.
“We had some up and downs, some nerves I think in the beginning but that’s to be expected, but we hung in there and kept it close and gave ourselves a chance today. I’m so proud of the way they focused on just the process.”
Junior Marta Perez had her best round of the tournament, carding a two-under 68 on the final day to finish tied for sixth. Seven birdies helped her finish on par for the weekend and stay inside the top 10.
Sophomore Elin Esborn and freshman Clara Manzalini finished inside the top 20 at T14 and T18 respectively. Junior Sierra Brooks finished inside the top 25 after recovering from a first round score of 77. She had her best round of the tournament Saturday afternoon, carding a 68, and holding her spot with a 71 in the final round.
The Gators return to the course at the end of the month for the Evans Derby Experience in Auburn, Alabama, hosted by Auburn, March 23-25.
Women’s tennis: At Columbia, Mo., Florida registered a 4-1 win over Missouri.
Redshirt-junior Tsveta Dimitrova clinched the match for Florida (6-5, 3-1 SEC) with a 6-1, 6-4 win on court five. Ida Jarlskog and McCartney Kessler also picked up singles wins while Victoria Emma and Sydney Berlin, competing at No. 3 and No. 6, respectively, saw their matches go unfinished.
UF won the doubles point behind the play of Jarlskog-Dimitrova and Kessler-Emma.
“I think we all know that that there is a lot parity in this league and on this team as well,” said UF coach Roland Thornqvist, who won his 501st match, the most in program history. “We are going to have a lot of close sets and we are definitely getting better at closing them out. With how close a lot of the courts were today, it was imperative that we stayed focused and closed out strong. I’m pleased with the way we remained locked in and competed today.”
Men’s tennis: At Ring Tennis Complex, after losing the doubles point, the Gators (9-2, 3-0 SEC) won five singles matches by Andres Andrade, Sam Riffice, Johannes Ingildsen, Lukas Greif and Duarte Vale to remain undefeated in the SEC with the 5-2 win.