Gators take 3rd at Allstate Championshiop

Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:43 p.m.

Shooting an 858 as a team, No. 16 Florida recorded its lowest tournament score of the season and the fifth best total in school history at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship at English Turn Golf & Country Club on Tuesday.

The Gators finished third on the team leaderboard, behind the nation's top-ranked women's golf programs in No. 2 UCLA and No. 1 Southern California.

“We put together three solid rounds and played smart golf all week," UF coach Emily Glaser said. "The girls worked hard after a disappointing finish in California and we saw that pay off this week. I think we will gain a lot of confidence from this finish and the opportunity to play with the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the country.”

Freshman Maria Torres fired a new personal-best round of 69 to finish tied for third at six-under (210), the lowest tournament score of her collegiate career.

“Maria had a great tournament and improved each day," Glaser said. "Her wedge game was great this week and she gave herself a lot of birdie looks.”

Every Gator in the event, including Karolina Vlckova competing as an individual, recorded at least one even- or under-par round at the Allstate Intercollegiate. Senior Elcin Ulu and junior Camilla Hedberg carded their lowest tournament scores of the season, finishing 219 (+3) and 218 (+2), respectively.

Next up, the Gators will host 14 teams at the annual SunTrust Gator Invitational at Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida.

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