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Florida redshirt freshman Matthew Kress putts the ball in the VyStar Credit Union Gators Invitational Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023.
Florida redshirt freshman Matthew Kress putts the ball in the VyStar Credit Union Gators Invitational Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023.

The Florida men’s golf team traveled to Tucson, Arizona, to compete in the National Invitational Tournament Friday.

The Gators sat in a tie for fifth after 36 holes on day one. The team shot a 282 in round one and a 285 in round two to finish nine-under-par. 

Sophomore Ryan Hart recorded three eagles Friday. This makes his first start in the lineup following his first collegiate victory. Hart tied his career low with a four-under-par 72 in the second round with a bogey-free five-under-par in round one. 

Hart’s first eagle and two birdies pushed Florida into the lead at six-under-par in the first round. The sophomore was tied for 14th going into Saturday.

Senior Ricky Castillo shot his fourth-straight round of even or under-par, which left him tied for tenth. He was five strokes back from the solo lead. Castillo shot his 11th round in the 60s with a score of four-under-par 72 Friday. 

Senior Fred Biondi was under par as well with a one-under-par 72, which tied him for 31st.

Redshirt freshman Matthew Kress tied for 36th and tied his career-low with one bogey.

Three Gators finished in the top 20 Saturday. 

UF scored 14-under-par overall for its fifth-straight under-par performance by double digits. The Gators finished in seventh.

Biondi finished four-under-par in 16th, marking his sixth tournament under par. 

Kress scored his second three-under-par Saturday. The redshirt freshman had one bogey on the 17th hole. He wrapped up the tournament with a birdie on the 18th, jumping him 16 spots to finish in a tie for 20th. 

Castillo tied for 20th with Kress. He also shot three-under-par. Hart finished in a tie for 27th in his debut in the starting lineup. 

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The Gators will finish their regular season at the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational April 1-2 before they compete in the Southeastern Conference Championship April 19.

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