The No. 9 Florida women’s golf team claimed its fifth consecutive Gators Invitational title by 18 strokes at the Mark Bostick Golf Course on Sunday.
The Gators shot even par through the final 18 holes of their home event to finish the weekend at 10-over 850. UCF’s Tunrada Piddon claimed the individual title after winning on a playoff hole against Marta Perez.
“Obviously, they know that there is a little bit of a streak going, so that adds a little extra pressure, in addition to playing at home,” UF coach Emily Glaser said. “The difficulty there is that we only do it once a year, so all of those things can sort of elevate your expectations. I thought they did a really good job.
“We had a shaky start yesterday, but I think they showed some toughness in how they rebounded, and obviously as a coach, that’s probably what I’m most proud of."
Although she didn’t win the playoff hole, Perez was outstanding for the Gators in the final round. The senior notched five birdies throughout the day for a 3-under 67. Perez’s 67 matched the low-round for the weekend and put her at 2 over overall to finish in second place.
Annabell Fuller also had a solid round to close out the event. The freshman shot 1 over through her final 18 holes to put her at 3 over collectively and in a tie for third place individually.
Clara Manzalini was perfect through her first 15 holes of the final round, but bogeys on 16 and 18 put her at 1 over for the day and 4 over overall. The sophomore finished sixth individually, marking the seventh top-10 finish of her career.
Junior Addie Baggarly hit her stride toward the end of the final round after some early-round struggles. The Tennessee native had four birdies through her last six holes to end the day at 1-over par and total 7 over for the tournament. Baggarly’s strong finish moved her up six spots on the individual leaderboard to finish tied for seventh.
Marina Escobar shot 5 over in the final round for a tournament total of 9-over 219. Escobar finished tied for 14th as an individual, her third top-20 finish this season. Senior Carlotta Ricolfi was the Gators’ highest individual finisher, coming in at 10 over to tie for 19th.
The Gators go after their third consecutive tourney title at the Liz Murphey Invitational in Athens, Ga. Hosted by the University of Georgia, the three-day event is scheduled to start Friday.
Women’s tennis: Despite starting the match off strong by winning the doubles point, Florida (5-4, 2-2 SEC) fell 4-2 to visiting Texas A&M (12-4, 2-2).
The Gators, who entered match 3-0 when corralling the doubles point, held the momentum early on but saw the Aggies take control in singles play.
McCartney Kessler-Marlee Zein teamed up to earn a victory over a ranked opponent in doubles and Kessler collected the Gators’ lone singles win. Sydney Berlin-Victoria Emma also won in doubles in the hard-fought loss.
Men’s tennis: At State College, Texas, the No. 6 Gators dropped their first SEC match of the season, a 4-3 setback to the Aggies.
Florida (15-3 overall, 3-1 SEC), which blanked LSU 7-0 in Baton Rouge on Friday, won the doubles point against Texas A&M behind wins by Will Grant-Johannes Ingildsen and Duarte Vale-Josh Goodger. But Vale was the only UF player to win a singles match.