Women's fall countdown: No. 20 Florida
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Next up on our men's 2014 fall countdown, No. 20 Florida:
Editor's note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Julie Williams, as he looked ahead to the collegiate preseason. The official Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings won't be available until a couple of the weeks into the fall season.
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Preseason rank: 20
Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 17
2013-14 in review: The Gators won the Cougar Classic right out the gate a year ago – a title defense – for their only season victory. A third-place finish in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, which reliably features a deep cross-country field and tough golf course, was another highlight, as was a trip to the national championship, which ended in a tie for 18th.
Notable departure: Elcin Ulu
Key returnees: Sarah Schober, Maria Torres, Anna Young
Newcomers of note: Taylor Tomlinson
Circled on fall calendar: Cougar Classic
Fall outlook: Florida brings in one of the top freshmen in the country in Tomlinson. She could replace Ulu, who often played the No. 5 spot for the Gators last spring. The question mark in this roster is Camilla Hedberg. The affable Spaniard has loads of potential – showcased during her first two seasons with Florida when she led the team in scoring both years and won twice. Hedberg struggled with her game last year and averaged seventh-best on the team. If Hedberg returns to form and Shober, Torres and Young remain steady, Florida will be tough in SEC country.