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Gators Men’s Golf Heads to SEC Championship

The No. 7/9 Florida men’s golf team begins play in the SEC Championship Wednesday, where they look to get vengeance on last year’s runner-up finish.

The tournament takes place at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Georgia, and the course is a 7,005-yard par 70.

Tournament format

The SEC tournament’s format is 54-hole stroke play (18-18-18) in the three opening days of the championship. Then, the top-8 teams in stroke play advance to single-elimination match play. Squads tee off at 8 a.m. Wednesday and the championship will be played Sunday, with the rest of the tee times TBD.

Gators’ lineup

  1. Fred Biondi
  2. Ricky Castillo
  3. Yuxin Lin
  4. John DuBois
  5. Matthew Kress

Alternate – Ryan Hart

Competing Teams (Golfstat/Golfweek Rankings)

No. 17/17 Alabama, No. 35/36 Arkansas, No. 10/8 Auburn, No. 7/9 Florida, No. 27/31 Georgia, No. 78/82 Kentucky, No. 40/41 LSU, No. 20/18 Mississippi State, No. 42/43 Missouri, No. 23/21 Ole Miss, No. 56/62 South Carolina, No. 14/13 Tennessee, No. 15/15 Texas A&M and No. 1/1 Vanderbilt.

SEC Tournament History

Florida ranks third all-time in the SEC with 15 conference championships. However, the Gators last topped the SEC over a decade ago, in 2011. This season, they have tough competition — especially in Vanderbilt, Auburn and Tennessee — but have the talent to be victorious.

In last year’s championship, DuBois had a stellar performance, as he won the title in stroke play. In the win, DuBois claimed his first collegiate title and became the 25th Gator to win the SEC Individual Championship, the most by any school. Florida finished runner-up in the entirety of the tournament, falling to Vanderbilt.

In all-time match play portion (instituted six years ago), Florida holds a 4-3 record.

Coming in hot

The Gators regular season finale was marked by a win at the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational and Biondi’s second medalist honors of the season. The squad demolished the competition, shooting 12 shots fewer than the next team and finishing with a score of -39. Unsurprisingly, head coach J.C. Deacon is using the same five-man squad in the SEC tournament as he did in Augusta.

Following the tournament, the Gators find out their NCAA Regional selection May 3 at 1 p.m. The six pre-determined regional sites include Auburn, Alabama; Salem, South Carolina; Bath, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada; Norman, Oklahoma; and Morgan Hill, California.

About Alex Winn

Sports Journalism student at the University of Florida.

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