The Gators women’s golf team wrapped up its fall schedule with a third-place finish at the East Lake Cup.
After falling to the South Carolina Gamecocks in the semifinal match play round Tuesday, Florida defeated the Texas Longhorns in the third-place match Wednesday.
Freshman Maisie Filler, sophomores Annabell Fuller and Marina Escobar Domingo and senior Addie Baggarly won their matchups as the Gators finished 4-0-1 Wednesday. Junior Clara Manzalini’s match ended in a tie because the other matches already decided the event’s outcome.
Filler was dominant out of the gate against Longhorn freshman Bentley Cotton. She jumped out to a four-stroke lead on the front nine and held on to win by five strokes.
Fuller managed an early lead against her opponent as well, winning each of the first two holes and never allowing Texas senior Kaitlyn Papp didn’t even tie with Fuller over the course of the match.
Both Baggarly and Domingo found themselves in close matches halfway through, each leading by one stroke. They both then pulled away on the back nine. Baggarly beat freshman Ashley Park by four strokes, and Domingo won her match against sophomore Sophie Guo by three.
The third-place finish ends a shortened fall campaign for the Gators. They came in sixth place in the two tournaments before the East Lake Cup.
Head coach Emily Batsel Glaser was thankful that her team had the opportunity to compete this week at East Lake, saying that it had “all the feels of a National Championship from the golf course to the competition and the television coverage.”
Florida will now look ahead to 2021 and prepare for the spring season. A spring schedule is expected to be announced at a later date.
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Freshman Maisie Filler adjusts a flag at Mark Bostick Golf Course. She won her final match of the fall season Wednesday.
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