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Gators leave Chapel Hill as 2023 Tar Heel Invitational champions

Florida’s first place finish marks back-to-back tournament victories for the team

Florida junior Maisie Filler drives the ball during the VyStar Credit Union Gators Invitational Sunday, March 5, 2023.
Florida junior Maisie Filler drives the ball during the VyStar Credit Union Gators Invitational Sunday, March 5, 2023.

The Florida Gators Women’s Golf team put together an elite performance this week.

The team teed off Monday at the Governors Club in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. UF came out victorious in the 14-team tournament.

Senior Maisie Filler shot the second lowest score in program history in the opening round. Her impressive 8-under 64 first round lead the way for the Gators. Filler’s outing earned her first place on the player leaderboard through the first 36 holes.

Filler got in a groove early and never looked back. Her bogey-free 64 (-8) performance in round one marked a career-low score. She finished two strokes away from tying the all-time record of 62. 

In Filler’s opening round, she gained an early edge after sinking three straight birdie putts. She tallied six birdies across seven holes on her second back nine to finish 10-under after the first two rounds.

The Gators collectively shot opening rounds of 280 and 282 for a combined score of 14-under. They lead the field by 13 strokes and put themselves in a great position heading into Tuesday’s final round.

The rest of the lineup was rounded out by four top-25 finishes. Fifth year Annabell Fuller tied for 9th and was the only other Gator to finish Monday under par at (-1). Freshman Sophie Stevens continued her strong debut after being T14.

The next Gators featured in the opening lineup featured freshman Ines Archer, and fifth year Jackie Lucena who fired a first round score of 1-under 70. The duo finished tied for 19th after rounds one and two.

Freshman Paula Francisco competed as an individual and was T68 Monday. 

Filler captured her first individual collegiate victory shooting 13-under 203 following the final round on Tuesday. Her score tied the second lowest round in program history for the second time in her career. 

Filler shot a 3-under 69 in her final round for her third round in the 60s this week. She finished first and T2 in the previous two tournaments this season. Fuller was also a major contributor in helping the Gators secure the title. She posted a final score of 213 for the tournament.

Fuller shot every round even par or better while improving her score to 73-72-71 in each 

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Archer placed 17th after her second straight outing of the season. She played bogey-free golf after the seventh hole while shooting 72 in her final round. Fellow freshman Francisco also shot a final round of 72 as an individual on her way to a T55 finish. 

Lucena rounded out the four Gators who finished the tournament in the top 25, placing tied for 24th. Two shots back on the leaderboard was Stevens at T36.

Florida will conclude their Fall schedule at the Old Wavery Golf Club for The Ally. The three-day 54-hole event will be Oct. 23-25.

Contact Max at mtucker@alligator.org. Follow him on Twitter @MaxTuckerUF25.

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Max Tucker

Max Tucker is a junior transfer student at UF. After obtaining his A.A. in Journalism from Santa Fe College in 2023, he chose further his education at Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. Max is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a specialization in sports and media. He enjoys golfing and going to the beach with his friends in his free time. Max will be covering the Gators Golf teams this Fall for The Alligator.


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