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Monday, October 25, 2021

Gators falter in second round of SEC Championship

Florida sits in ninth place entering the final round of competition

Addie Baggarly's now 3-under-par for the tournament and ties for 22nd. Photo courtesy of the UAA.
Addie Baggarly's now 3-under-par for the tournament and ties for 22nd. Photo courtesy of the UAA.

The Gators struggled in the second round of the SEC Championship and shot 4-over-par Thursday.

The team’s tournament total stands at 5-under-par. Addie Baggarly continued to pace Florida. 

The senior carded a 1-over-par 73 and knocked in two birdies. She’s now 3-under-par for the tournament and ties for 22nd, only seven strokes off South Carolina’s Pauline Roussin-Bouchard.

Baggarly scored well on the par-4s over the two days of competition. She averaged 3.85 strokes per hole for a total of 3-under-par. She has knocked in the fourth-most pars (25) and seven birdies.

Maisie Filler posted the best score for Florida in round two. The freshman shot 1-under-par Thursday to bring her total for the tournament to 1-under-par. She knocked down five birdies with four bogeys and ties  for 34th entering Friday.

Sophomore Annabell Fuller stumbled Thursday. After a 3-under-par performance in round one, the English national shot 2-over-par in the second round. 

Fuller hit in three birdies and two bogeys on the front nine and entered the back half of the course at 1-under-par. However, she carded two double bogeys on the back nine to bring her day total to 2-over-par. She ties for 34th.

Sophomore Marina Escobar also shot 2-over-par Thursday and sits in a tie for 40th. Escobar carded four bogeys in the first 10 holes of the second round, but knocked in two birdies to redeem her day. Finally, senior Lauren Waidner shot a 2-over-par 74 and tiesfor 53rd.

Statistically, Florida’s performance was mediocre over the two days of competition. The Gators carded the seventh-most birdies (35) and the eighth-most pars (115) through the first two rounds. They averaged 4.80 on par-5s, good for eighth best on the course. 

The Gators need a major comeback entering Friday. They lay  23 strokes behind the leading LSU Tigers. 

Florida tees off early Friday morning, as Waidner leads off  at 8:00 a.m. Live updates are available at Golfstat.com.

Contact Michael Hull at mhull@alligator.org and follow him on Twitter @Michael_Hull33 

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Michael Hull

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.


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