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It was a tale of two rounds for the Gators women’s golf team this weekend in Northern California.
After a mildly disappointing start to the season a few weeks ago, the Gators men’s golf team will strive to build some much-needed momentum this weekend at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational in Chicago.
It wasn’t the trailblazing, birdie-filled golf that was good enough for third place in last week’s season-opener, but the Gators women’s golf team still managed to capture its first win of the season at the Glass City Invitational.
Severe weather pummeling the Carolinas has seemingly affected everyone but the Gators women’s golf team.
Last season, then-junior Sierra Brooks torched the rest of the field on her way to a seven-stroke individual victory at the Cougar Classic. Rounds of 65 and 62 – the latter setting a course record – also led Florida to a team victory in its annual season opener in South Carolina.
Sam Riffice looked like he had been there before.
Sierra Brooks waited anxiously in the clubhouse after finishing the stroke play portion of the NCAA Championships in a tie for first with Arkansas’ Maria Fassi.
Sierra Brooks pumped her fist and followed her ball as it maneuvered slightly from left to right and into the hole. The 15-foot putt on the ninth green put the junior at 4 under for the competition and in the outright lead for the NCAA individual title heading into the final day of the NCAA Championships.
Sophomores John Axelsen and Chris Nido headlined a solid start to the first round of the NCAA Regional Tournament for the Florida men’s golf team.
Florida women's golf coach Emily Glaser had brought her team to the NCAA Championships five times before this week.