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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

UC Davis transfer Jacqueline Lucena headed to Gainesville

Lucena will arrive at UF in the fall competing for the Florida women’s golf team during their 2021-22 season.

Head coach Emily Glaser at UF Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Florida.
Head coach Emily Glaser at UF Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Florida.

The Florida women’s golf team got deeper Tuesday morning. 

Head coach Emily Glaser announced that Jacqueline Lucena will be transferring from UC Davis to become a Gator. 

The sophomore had an impressive 2020-21 season with the Aggies. Lucena brought home two top-5 finishes and led the team in four of the five events she played. A 72.53 stroke average contributed to her earning a spot on the Big West All-Conference first team. 

The Chico, California, native said she made the move to UF due to the school's commitment to success both while in the classroom and during athletics. Glaser raves about Lucena’s consistent play and competitiveness. 

“We are thrilled to have Jackie join our Gator Family this fall,” said Glaser. “We look forward to helping her reach her goals.”

Florida’s roster was open for the supplement. The Gators lost four seniors at the conclusion of their 2020-21 campaign: Addie Baggarly, Elin Esborn, Lauren Waidner and Marta Perez. 

Lucena will face a step up in competition moving to a SEC school, but the Florida coaches believe she is ready for the challenge. 

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Joseph Henry

Joseph Henry is a fourth-year sports journalism major and is the Alligator's sports editor. He previously worked as senior news director, assistant sports editor, men's basketball beat reporter, volleyball beat reporter and golf beat reporter. He enjoys sitting down to watch a movie as often as possible, collecting vinyl and drinking Dr. Pepper. 

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