The Florida Gator men’s golf team teed off in their first tournament this season over the weekend, coming in a tie for fifth place at the Carpet Capital Classic. The tournament was ultimately won by the University of Virginia, and for Gators head coach J.C. Deacon, this fifth place finish was a disappointing one. Deacon believes his players have the ability to be among the elite in the country, and hopes that in time his team will grow into that.
The team did have three players shoot even-par or better Sunday in the final round, to finish with an overall score of -8 (856). Sophomore Sam Horsfield was the standout for the Gators throughout the tournament, finishing (-8) for the tournament and in an overall tie for sixth place in individual scoring.
Apart from Horsfield, however, only sophomore Gordon Neale was able to finish with a final score under par (-4), which put him in sole possession of 17th place.
In coach Deacon’s mind, the Achilles’ heel of his team is mental toughness in tough pressure situations. With this being of such utter importance in the sport of golf, this will definitely be something coach Deacon hopes the team improves on moving forward.
Up next for the Gators is the Windon Memorial Classic, which will take place from Glenview Illinois on September 25.