NEW ORLEANS, La. – The No. 11 Florida women’s golf team captured its third team title of the season on Tuesday at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans, La. The Gators held off a late push from No. 13 Oklahoma State to secure the tournament by one stroke with a 54-hole score of 2-under (862), at the par-72, 6,239-yard English Turn Golf Club.
Four Gators finished in the top-25 of the 17-team field, led by junior Karolina Vlckova, who recorded a collegiate-best 4-under (212) to finish tied for third, her fourth top-10 finish of the season. Junior Maria Torres carded her third under-par tournament score this season with a -1 (215) to finish tied for 11th.
Sophomore Taylor Tomlinson was a steady force throughout the three-day competition, shooting even (216) to tie for 15th. Joining the Gator trio in the top-25 was junior Kelly Grassel, who used a season-best 69 in Round 2 to finish tied for 21st at +3 (219).
Sarah Burnham from Michigan State and Sydney Cavin from LSU shared the individual title at -5 (211).
The Gators previously took home the Alamo Invitational title to end the fall season, and emerged victorious at the five-team Florida Challenge to kick off the spring. UF will look to carry the momentum back to Gainesville for its lone home tournament of the year, the SunTrust Gator Invitational on March 5-6 at the Mark Bostick Golf Course.
Head Coach Emily Glaser:
On the Gators’ third tournament title:
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity we had today. It was a great learning experience. We slept on the lead, we waited out a rain delay, we played in really tough conditions, and so many other factors that made this team stronger and better. To come home with a win is an added bonus. The girls fought hard all day, and I’m proud of the way they represented the Gators.”
Junior Karolina Vlckova:
On finishing tied for third and winning the team title:
“I played really well the whole week, the key word for me was patience for this tournament. This course can be a little tricky and sometimes can play really hard, but I’m happy with the way I finished. I’m really happy for the team and that we’re bring the trophy home, we’re all happy.”
Final Florida Scores:
1. FLORIDA -2 (862)
2. Oklahoma State -1 (863)
3. Alabama +4 (868)
4. Arizona +6 (870)
5. Texas +15 (879)
T3. Karolina Vlckova -4 (72-70-70–212)
T11. Maria Torres -1 (69-71-75–215)
T15. Taylor Tomlinson E (72-71-73–216)
T21. Kelly Grassel +3 (75-69-75–219)
T48. Sam Wagner +9 (75-75-75–225)