GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The sixth-ranked Florida women’s golf team entered Sunday’s final round of the Southeastern Conference Championships with a five-stroke lead over second-place Georgia. The Gators had started slowly on the tournament’s opening day, but put together some solid scores during Round 2 in taking a lead that was significant but in no way comfortable.
Coach Emily Glaser told her players to approach that third round as if the scoreboard had been wiped clean. Everyone level. Don’t go out trying to be defensive, she said. There was too much golf to play. Start fast, be aggressive from the first swing and win the day.
The Gators played that first hole collectively at 1-under.
“I know it sounds silly, because it was just one hole, but what I saw was a calm and steady team,” Glaser said. “I felt pretty good after that first hole.”
And off the Gators went, all the way to their first SEC crown since 2008, rolling to a tournament-record score of 22-under and smashing Alabama, the league’s defending champion, by 13 strokes at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.