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UF Women’s Golf: Gators Win Fifth-Consecutive Title at Home

Courtesy of UF Athletic Association

The No. 9 Florida women’s golf team won the VyStar Gators Invitational by 18 strokes after shooting even par in the final round.

The No. 9 Florida women’s golf team claimed its fifth-straight VyStar 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.

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.

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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 towards 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.

Notable

  *   Following their win at the Allstate Sugar Bowl, this marks back-to-back team wins for the Gators
     *   This also marks the second-straight tournament that all five Gators in the lineup finished inside the top 15 individually
  *   The last time the Gators won back-to-back tournaments was in 2018, when they also won the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Gators Invitational
  *   This marks the Gators’ 23rd Gators Invitational tournament title
     *   Sixth under head coach Emily Glaser
  *   This marks Glaser’s 24th tournament title as Florida’s head coach
  *   Annabell Fuller’s tie for third marks her second top-15 finish through her first three collegiate events

Head Coach Emily Glaser’s Take
On winning their home tournament…
“I’m proud of them. 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. 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.”

On having every player in the lineup finish inside the top 15…
“Moving forward into the spring season, and into the postseason, that’s what you’re going to need. You’re going to need some consistency in your lineup from one to five. So to be able to get that from them, obviously here at home, but to do it two weeks in a row … is really special. It makes them feel confident in each other and the depth that we have as a team.”

Up Next
The Gators travel to Athens, Ga., for the Liz Murphey Invitational. Hosted by the University of Georgia, the three-day event is scheduled to run from Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22.