Gators women's golf clinches spot in match play at NCAAs


Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:27 p.m.

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. — The Florida women's golf team advanced Monday to the match play portion of the NCAA Championship. Florida carded a four-over (292) in the final round of stroke play, the third-best round of the day.

The Gators started the round in 12th place, three strokes off the eight-team cut line. Florida climbed seven spots up the leaderboard to tie for fifth and finish five shots ahead of Kent State in eighth place. Overall, UF posted a 50-over (914) for the stroke-play portion of the tournament.

"I'm really proud of our team, they had a job to do today and they went out and performed," UF coach Emily Glaser said. "We all knew we were capable, but they had the guts to go out and do it. I couldn't be happier for them."

Florida is the No. 6 seed and faces Arizona State in the quarterfinals of the match play round today. The match play quarterfinals and semifinals will take place today, followed by the championship match Wednesday.

Maria Torres continued to lead the Gators in the final round of stroke play. The senior carded an even-par (72) to finish at 10-over (226) in a tie for 17th place.

Taylor Tomlinson and Karolina Vlckova both finished in the top-35, finishing tied for 24th (13-over, 229) and tied for 32nd (14-over, 230), respectively. Sam Wagner carded a one-over (73).

Golf Channel will provide coverage for each of the three match play rounds. Live coverage will begin at 11 a.m.

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