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UF Women’s Golf: Fuller Flourishes as Gators Claim Sixth Straight Title at Home

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

BY MORGAN PERRY

Annabell Fuller claims her first career individual championship to propel Florida to victory for the sixth straight year at the Gators Invitational

The Florida women’s golf team finished at the top of the leaderboard for the sixth straight year at home as the Gators Invitational presented by VyStar Credit Union came to a close Tuesday afternoon.

At the conclusion of 54 holes, Florida and Ole Miss found themselves in a deadlock at 16-over par and headed to a team playoff. However, after brief discussions between coaching staffs, it was decided to name both teams co-champions due to travel schedules.

Annabell Fuller put together the best round of her collegiate career, posting a 4-under par 66. The sophomore put together a flawless 18 holes, posting a bogey-free performance. She finished the tournament with a 5-under par 205 to claim the individual title. Her score ranks third all-time in program history, tying Maria Torres’ 205 in the 2017 Gators Invitational.

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Marina Escobar logged her first round of the tournament under par in the most clutch time, recording a 1-under par 69. The sophomore finished tied for 12th individually, the fifth top-15 finish of her career and third of the 2020-21 season.

After recording three bogeys and only two birdies through 11 holes, Jenny Kim put together a string of putts for par to finish 1-over on the day. The junior carded a 7-over par 217 over three days and tied for 15th individually. This marks the best finish of her collegiate career.

In her Gators Invitational debut, Maisie Filler played her best round of golf when it counted the most and recorded a 2-over par 72 on the day. The freshman finished tied for 38th.

Addie Baggarly was unable to compete in the final round due to injury.

Clara Manzalini recorded a 12th place finish playing as an individual. Lauren Waidner joined her in the top-25 on the leaderboard, carding a 9-over par overall 219 to tie for 23rd.

Notable

  *   Annabell Fuller’s 4-under par 66 in the final round sets a new career-low. Her 205 final score is tied for third all time in Florida Gators women’s golf history, tying Maria Torres’ 205 score in the 2017 Gators Invitational.
  *   Jenny Kim tied for 15th place individually, the best finish of her collegiate career.
  *   The Gators climbed back from a six-stroke deficit to claim the co-championship, marking the sixth straight year that the Florida women’s golf team has defended their home course.
  *   Lauren Waidner’s top-25 finish was the best of her Gators Invitational career.

Head Coach Emily Glaser’s Take

On the final round…

“It was a fantastic finish, and I’m really proud of the team. They were poised and determined today.  It was one of the more special moments I can remember in my time at Florida.”

On how it feels to win at home…

“It’s such a special week for the team, to be at home and feel all the support. We will carry those feelings with us the rest of the semester.”

On Annabell Fuller…

“Annabell is such a special kid and competitor. She wants to win and even more so this week.  Today she was flawless – certainly in her physical game, but also mentally she was so focused.  She is such a hard worker and really deserves this win.”

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