Lakewood Ranch, Fla. – Three University of Florida women’s golfers competed in the third and final round of the Pat Bradley Invitational in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. on Tuesday. All three Gators finished the tournament in the top-four.
Sophomore Sam Wagner took home the individual event title, after carding a -8 (64) in the final round. The 64 she recorded on Tuesday sets a new program record for a low-round score, a record previously held by teammates Karolina Vlckova and Kelly Grassel. The -14 (202) she recorded for the tournament is the lowest tournament total in program history.
Senior Kelly Grassel finished the tournament in second place. She recorded a -8 (208) for the tournament, the lowest tournament score in her collegiate career.
Junior Taylor Tomlinson finished in fourth place after recording a -5 (211) for the tournament, her lowest tournament score of the season.
Assistant Coach Janice Olivencia:
“What a week for these young ladies. I can’t be more proud of them in how they represented themselves and the University of Florida. What a week for Gator Women’s Golf as well. This just reiterates what we have been saying all along. The depth of this team is undeniable and the future is bright. Spring season will come around soon, and until then we will be doing our part to be ready to play when it’s time to tee it up.”
On Sam Wagner:
“What an amazing round of golf, her first collegiate win as a Gator. I think the most impressive thing about her round today, other than her eight birdies, was making two mentally difficult par putts in the last few holes to finish a bogey-free round and shoot her career low. Finishing a round like that is very difficult, but she was ready to play. Very happy for her and proud of her.”
On Taylor Tomlinson:
“Taylor is a fighter all the way through. Today, she just kept grinding and never gave up. As a coach, that’s all I can ask of a player and to me, that’s ALWAYS bringing your best out there. I’m so proud of her. I believe she learned a lot about herself this week and what she’s capable of. I can’t wait to see what comes of it.”
On Kelly Grassel:
“Kelly had to experience two very difficult things as a golfer at the same time. One, follow up her best collegiate round of golf and two, sleep on the lead. Managing those expectations and emotions that come with it are challenges in golf that the only way to learn is to go through it. She went through it, she learned from it, and is already a stronger player because of it. What a great week for Kelly, I’m so proud of her.”
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Up Next for the Gators: Florida will begin its spring season at the Florida Challenge in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 30, 2017.