The Florida women’s golf team floundered Monday in the first round of the Gamecock Intercollegiate and shot 14-over-par as a team.
The Gators are in 14th place, 20 shots behind the leading Duke as they head into day two.
The Gators struggled from top to bottom during the first round. Each player failed to crack the top 45 individually. Freshman Maisie Filler and junior Jenny Kim composed the Gators’ best finished, as both shot 3-over-par to tie for 47th.
Filler’s day was a rollercoaster. After starting out with four straight pars, the freshman shot 5-over-par on the following six holes. She bounced back slightly and carded back-to-back birdies on holes 14 and 15 to finish at a 3-over-par 75.
Sophomore Marina Escobar and junior Clara Manzalini came behind Kim and Filler and both shot a 4-over-par 76. Four bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies highlighted Escobar’s day.
Manzalini knocked down two birdies but also added six bogeys, including four on the back nine. Senior Elin Esborn finished the round 11-over-par for the 96th slot.
The Columbia Country Club proved a difficult host Monday.
Golfers averaged a 74.49, nearly three strokes higher than the course par of 72. Florida will need to adjust to the course quickly to get back into contention.
The team averaged 3.40 strokes per par-3, the third-worst average of the tournament. The Gators weren’t much better on the longer holes either and averaged the third-worst stroke total on par-5s at 5.15 strokes per hole. They also knocked down the fourth least pars and birdies among competitors.
Florida will look to right the ship Tuesday morning. Esborn will lead the Gators off the tee at 9 a.m. Live updates can be found at Golfstat.com.
Contact Michael Hull at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @Michael_Hull33
Michael Hull is a third-year journalism major with a specialization in sports & media. He has a minor in business and leadership and is a struggling Jacksonville Jaguars fan.