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For the third consecutive season, Florida will keep the SunTrust Gator Invitational at home.
The Gators ran away from the field winning the women’s golf tournament by 12 strokes while setting a tournament record of 840 (E). Florida bested the previous record set last season by seven strokes to become the first team to finish even par in the tournament’s 46 year history.
This is the second tournament title for the Gators this season which marks the third consecutive year they have won multiple team titles.
Florida was paced by the top three in the lineup who all finished in the top five of the leaderboard. Sophomore Sierra Brooks was the top finisher on the team for the third time in four starts. She carded three rounds at or below par to place second at 2-under par.
Elin Esborn set another season-best as she was one shot back of Brooks for third in the event. Esborn was played nearly mistake free over the final 36 holes as she carded just four bogeys.
Also in the top five was Marta Perez who finished in a four-way tie for fifth place with a 212 (+2). Perez carded the Gators low score (69) on Sunday as she was just one of four players in the field to go below par in the final round.
Senior Taylor Tomlinson finished her final Gator Invitational tied for 18th at 6-over par as her first and third round scores helped boost the team to the win.
Competing in her first Gator Invite, Addie Baggarly was also in the top 20 on the leaderboard. She finished tied for 13th at 4-over par.
This is now the 21st time that Florida has claimed the title and the third under coach Emily Glaser.
“I know that I’ve said it before. This week is really special and really fun but, from a competitive standpoint it’s really fun because there is expectations.” UF coach Emily Glaser said. “They want to play really well because they are at home and they should know how to play this golf course. I think they way that they handled that part of it and just to be able to go out and play pretty free and to put up the numbers they did was nice.”
Women’s tennis: Florida defeated Texas A&M 4-0 at Ring Tennis Complex.
Doubles featured a handful of momentum shifts before Florida (9-4, 4-0 SEC) won the doubles point with wins on all three courts. Josie Kuhlman, Anna Danilina and McCartney Kessler won their respective singles matches in straight sets to wrap up the Gators’ sixth consecutive team win, including their fourth straight in SEC play. The Aggies fall to 10-4, 1-3 SEC.
UF next plays at No. 7 Georgia (9-2, 4-0) at 5 p.m. Friday.
Men’s tennis: Ninth-ranked Florida got back into the win column at Auburn. Inclement weather forced the match to be played inside, but even that couldn’t stop the Gators from earning a 6-1 win.
The Gators’ (8-5, 3-1 SEC) dominance in doubles continued with the top-ranked pair in the country, Alfredo Perez-Johannes Ingildsen making quick work of their opponent 6-4. On court two No. 12 McClain Kessler-Duarte Vale earned their first win of the weekend with a 6-4 win to clinch the doubles point for Florida.
In singles, the Gators shook up the lineup against the Tigers (9-8, 0-3) with a different look at the bottom. Chase Perez-Blanco moved up to the No. 4 spot while Kessler played at No. 5 and Jordan Belga made his first start of the season at No. 6 singles.
On court one Perez was locked in from the start, earning a dominant 6-0, 6-1 win to give Florida a 2-0 lead in the match. Because Perez took care of business so quickly there was a gap between when he finished and when the next court concluded. Perez-Blanco was the next to finish on court four by a score of 6-1, 6-2. His match was quickly followed by Ingildsen on court two who clinched the match for Florida with a 6-2, 6-2 win. Belga earned his first win of the season with a 6-3, 6-3 decision while Oliver Crawford won his fifth consecutive match with a 7-5, 6-1 victory.
Florida will be back at home for a midweek matchup against Texas Christian University at 6 p.m. Wednesday.