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Monday, October 25, 2021
<p>Sophomore Sierra Brooks performed admirably, but the Gators struggled as a team on Day 1 of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. </p>

Sophomore Sierra Brooks performed admirably, but the Gators struggled as a team on Day 1 of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. 

It was much of the same for the Florida women’s golf team in Round 2 of the Evans Derby Experience in Auburn, Alabama, after a mediocre showing in Round 1 of the three-day event.

Auburn University Club Golf Course has seemingly baffled the Gators after they came in hot off two consecutive tournament wins at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship and the SunTrust Gator Invitational.

After Round 2, the team sits in the exact same place it sat after round one - seventh. After shooting one over par on the day, its score is 5 over par, 22 strokes behind first-place Arkansas.

Two bright spots for the Gators were their pair sophomores, transfer Sierra Brooks and Marta Perez.

Brooks continued to play well, carding a 2 under par on Monday, which brings her overall score to 4 under par heading into round three. She also was paired with her former team, Wake Forest, but didn’t play with a former teammate. Florida is not paired with Wake Forest heading into the final round.

Perez shot a 1 under par on Monday, bringing her score down to 1 under par.

Brooks is tied for sixth and Perez is tied in 18th.

Next in the lineup were freshman Addie Baggarly and senior Taylor Tomlinson. Baggarly shot a 1 over par in Round 2, carding a 4 over par heading into the final round.

Tomlinson was close on Baggarly’s heels, finishing round two with a three over and bringing her overall score to 6 over par.

Baggarly is tied for 40th and Tomlinson closed in a tied for 46th.

Rounding out the top five was sophomore Carlotta Ricolfi, who struggled heavily for the second straight day. She went 14 over par, which brought her overall score to 29 over par, good enough for last place of all eligible golfers.

Also competing in the tournament is freshman Lauren Waidner. She shot 12 over par on Day 2, bringing her overall score to 20 over par, which puts her in 72nd place heading into Round 3.

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Florida coach Emily Glaser expressed her concerns with her team before it plays in the final day of the tournament Tuesday morning at 9.

“We didn’t play poorly today,” coach Emily Glaser said in a release, “but we weren’t able to take advantage of a scoreable golf course.”

Follow Chris O'Brien on Twitter @THEChrisOB and contact him at cobrien@alligator.org.

Sophomore Sierra Brooks performed admirably, but the Gators struggled as a team on Day 1 of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. 

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