Florida Women’s Golf battled this weekend in the SEC Championship but came up short to LSU in the match play final on Sunday. The Gators advanced to the final after topping Ole Miss in the Quarterfinals and then eliminating Auburn in the Semifinals.
The LSU Tigers brought home their first title in 30 years.
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— Gators Golf (@GatorsGolf) April 17, 2022
The No. 5 seeded Gators began to battle right away after losing the first hole in all five matchups. Through the next three holes, Clara Manzalini nailed in a birdie to tie up with her match. Meanwhile, Jackie Lucena closed the gap after taking wins on the third and fourth.
A rain delay then stopped play for over two hours and play did not resume until 12:20 P.M.
After play picked back up again, Sophomore Maisie Filler led her match by 1 after taking three straight holes. Manzalini persevered through the day and tied in 10 holes where she was forced to go in to extras that ultimately went unfinished. Then, Lucena grabbed a late victory on the 17th hole.
Ultimately, LSU took the match, 4-1, winning three of the matches and ending two of them in a tie. Tied matches are considered half a point for each team.
Now, Florida will wait for the regional selection that is set for April 27th at 5 P.M. The NCAA Regionals will take place May 9-11.