In last week’s Schooner Fall Classic, Florida found a star in Marta Perez. The sophomore scored a career-low 5 under in the final round on her way to a tie for ninth place.
As a result, Perez will play in the top spot of Florida’s starting five when the women’s golf team begins its third tournament of the year Monday at the Windy City Classic in Highland Park, Illinois, at Northmoor Country Club (par 71).
The Gators finished third at the Schooner Classic in Oklahoma, and they will look to improve upon that result this week.
For that to happen, they’ll need more consistency from their lone senior, Taylor Tomlinson.
Tomlinson was 3 under in the first round of the last tournament, but back-to-back 2 over rounds foiled her chance at a top-10 finish. For Florida to reach its potential this season, Tomlinson will need improved performances moving forward rather than being outshined by freshmen Addie Baggarly and Elin Esborn.
Both Baggarly and Esborn have impressed Florida’s coaches during the first two tournaments of this fall. Esborn, in particular, possesses one of UF’s two individual top-10 finishes, coming in fifth at the Ocean Course Invitational at the beginning of September. However, she posted the worst total score for the Gators in the tournament, so she will look to get back on track this week.
Florida’s lineup is rounded out by sophomore Carlotta Ricolfi, one of four Gator golfers who finished below par in the final round in Oklahoma, which was her lowest single-round score of the season.
Rounds 1 and 2 from the Chicago area will take place on Monday, beginning at 8:30, followed by the final round on Tuesday.
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Taylor Tomlinson putts during the 2015 Suntrust Gator Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville.