After defending the Gators Invitational last weekend, Florida women’s golf will travel to Augusta, Georgia, to compete in the Valspar Augusta Invitational this weekend at Forest Hills Golf Club.
The two-day, 54-hole tournament will begin Saturday at 7:45 a.m. Golfers will play 36 holes Saturday ahead of Sunday’s final 18-hole round.
No. 21 Florida will face 13 opponents including the event’s host — Augusta.
The Gators will challenge in-state rivals USF and No. 14 FSU as well as SEC rivals Alabama and No. 19 Ole Miss. Each of Florida’s golfers will tee off alongside a Seminole and a Rebel on Saturday.
Three additional top-25 ranked teams will compete — No. 2 Wake Forest, No. 17 Oklahoma State and No. 23 Duke.
Florida will make its Augusta Invitational debut with junior Maisie Filler set to tee off first. Filler will look to build momentum off her runner-up finish last weekend at the Gators Invitational.
The last 13 holes for Maisie Filler 🤯
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A trio of seniors — Jackie Lucena, Marina Escobar and Annabell Fuller — will tee off before redshirt sophomore Taylor Roberts caps off the Gators’ lineup.
In Tuesday’s Golfstat Division I Player Ranking, Fuller is No. 29 in the country. The London, England, native trails only eight golfers — including four Demon Deacons — competing this weekend.
Lucena (107), Filler (121) and Escobar (153) are all ranked inside the nation’s top-200. In the Gators Invitational, Lucena and Escobar tied for eighth place after they both finished one over par.
Florida freshman Karoline Tuttle — who also cracked the top-250 in Tuesday’s player ranking — will play in the tournament as an individual. Tuttle will make her sixth collegiate appearance after the Lake Mary, Florida, native placed T-27 out of 75 golfers competing in the Gators Invitational.
“I think we should be really excited and optimistic about the team we can be if we just keep working,” Florida head coach Emily Glaser said. “There’s a lot of golf left this spring, so I’m really excited.”