UF Roundup: Waidner, Kim Impress at Pat Bradley


LAKEWOOD RANCH – Lauren Waidner and Jenny Kim took the course for the first time this fall season at the Pat Bradley Invitational where they both recorded the highest finishes of their collegiate careers.

Waidner was near perfect to open the event, carding six birdies and just one bogey to finish the first round with a career-low 5-under 67. The junior continued to play steady throughout the next two rounds, shooting 2 over then even, to finish at 3 under overall and tied for fifth on the leaderboard.

Kim also shot under par in the first round of the Invitational with a 2 under. The sophomore recorded a collective 4 over through her next two rounds to end the event at 2 over and tied for 19th on the leaderboard.

Waidner and Kim now return to Gainesville with the rest of the Florida women’s golf team to prepare for the imminent spring season.

Men’s golf

Gators close Fall with seventh-place finish: At Orlando, the Florida men’s golf team climbed two spots in the final round of the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational to finish seventh with a collective 3-over 867 performance.

Host UCF claimed the event title, shooting 22 under to finish 16 strokes ahead of second-place LSU.

For the third time this fall season, John Axelsen was the Gators’ highest individual finisher. Axelsen recovered nicely after a tough front nine, shooting 2 under on the back nine to finish the day at 2 over. Axelsen’s third-round score put him at 3 under overall and tied for 11th on the leaderboard.

Chris Nido produced a final solid round for the Gators, recording a season-low 3-under 69. Nido’s impressive outing put him at 1 over overall and moved him up 24 spots on the individual leaderboard to finish tied for 18th.

Ricky Castillo recorded his fourth top-25 finish in as many outings, tying for 22nd after signing a 2 over through all 54 holes.

In the final 18 holes of the tournament, John DuBois recorded his first career under-par round, turning in a 1-under 71 to finish tied for 43rd individually.

Fred Biondi ended the day at 1 over, but due to a bogey-ridden second round, the freshman finished the event at 11 over.