3 up, 3 down: How ’bout them Gators?
North Florida: The Ospreys tied for second at the David Toms, just one shot back of host and champion LSU. UNF had four players in the top 25 and rebounded nicely after its T10 finish at the Brickyard. Coach Schroeder and his team have been close a couple times now this fall. The boys from the 904 (Ponte Vedra’s area code) finished second at Wolf Run, 5th at the Gary Koch and now this near-victory in Louisiana.
Southern Methodist: Of all the teams in the state of Texas, how long will it take you to list SMU amongst the state’s best? The Mustangs, out of Dallas, almost earned their third victory of the fall at the Baylor Intercollegiate. Coach Jay Loar’s team came in second and finished 3 shots behind defending national champion Texas A&M. With wins at the Gopher Invitational and Adams Cup early this fall, this team sure is playing with lots of confidence.
Florida: The Gators finished second at the Isleworth Collegiate? No joke. Lead by Tyson Alexander’s T-7 finish, the Gators played with Oklahoma State and Stanford in the final round. It was remarkable to see what this team accomplished in this field, a year after losing so much talent. Billy Horschel, Toby Ragland and Will Stricker are gone, but yet somehow the young Gators hung around. The team finished with four players in the top 25 – and look out for Phillip Choi, possibly the next big name we could start talking about out of Gainesville. I have to tip my hat to Coach Alexander on this one. This fall his teams have finished 6th at Olympia Fields, T-3 at the Gary Koch and now second at Isleworth.
Washington: I know it was only one tournament, but we can’t ignore how poorly the Huskies played in Tiger’s backyard. The Huskies finished T-13 (second to last) and shot 49 over. Nick Taylor was a bright spot, finishing T-7, but the next Huskies golfer couldn’t be found until T-43 on the leaderboard.
Miami women: The “U” continues to struggle this the fall. Most recently, the Hurricanes finished 17th out of 18 teams at the Palmetto Intercollegiate. So far this fall the ‘Canes have finished 16th (out 18) at the Duramed Cougar Classic, 12th (out of 15) at the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational, 12th (out of 15) at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate, and now a 17th (out of 18) at the Palmetto. Hopefully the Hurricanes can turn things around in the spring when they tee off at the Qdoba Invitational in February. Jennifer Hirano seems to be a hidden gem in South Florida, as she continued to play well with a T-13 Palmetto finish.
Missouri: It was a rough week for the Tigers at the Las Vegas Intercollegiate. The Tigers finished in 16th place with a team score of 64 over, 50 shots back of winner Arizona. Hannah Lovelock shot a team-best 5 over to finish T-9, but the next Tiger couldn’t be found in the top 60. Hopefully, the 54th-ranked Tigers can rebound this week at the Challenge at Onion Creek in Austin, Texas.