Appointment: Monday September 12 – Wednesday September 14
Location: Royal Golf Club – Lake Elmo, Minn.
Host: University of Minnesota / ANNIKA Foundation
Route Par/Yardage: Par 72 – 6,901 yards
Format: 54-hole tournament (18 per day)
Departure times: 8 a.m. each day
Live score: Golf Statistics
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The Florida women’s golf team begins its 51st season of national play at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate on Monday.
Since 2014, the ANNIKA Intercollegiate has featured 12 of the nation’s top programs with last season’s national runner-up in Oregon, as well as 10 that finished in the final Golfweek Top 25 rankings. Since
Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Duke, Michigan, Minnesota (host), Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wake Forest.
The Gators will be making their second appearance in the tournament. She first appeared in the fall of 2016 and placed 5th overall under 16, led by Maria Torres (T6, -8) and Karolina Vlckova (T21, -3).
THERE IS A SEASON
Last season, the Gators began the slide with four top-3 finishes, including a second to end the season which included Maisie Filler writing his name in the record books. Filler posted all three rounds in ’60s – ’69, ’66 and ’68. After setting her career low in round two, she tied for second all-time in program history for an individual tournament low at 203 (-13). The last Gator to register the brand was Camila Hedberg in 2012 at the Cougar Classic. Filler was one shot away from the program record (202) set by current pro Sam Wagner in 2016.
The Gators started the spring on a high with a program record 29 under to win the team title at the FAU Paradise Invitational. Florida used the momentum to defend its home run at the VyStar Credit Union Gators Invitational for the 25th time and seventh in a row.
In the playoffs, Florida finished second in the SEC Championship to Birmingham. The Gators entered the match play portion of the conference tournament looking for its first-ever win after consecutive years (2018-19) of 3-2 loss in the quarterfinals as the format was added in 2018. No. 5 seed The Gators knocked out defending conference champion and No. 1 seed Auburn Tigers and defending national champions Ole Miss. Florida fell to No. 2 LSU in the Finals 4-1, as the Tigers won their first SEC title in 30 years.
The Gators missed the cut at the Albuquerque NCAA Regional by one shot, however, Marina Escobar placed T3 to qualify as an individual for the NCAA Championship. Becoming the second female UF golfer to accomplish the feat.
NEW FACES IN ORANGE & BLUE
Two new faces have joined the program this season. In July, the head coach Emily Glaser announced the addition of Beth Wu as the next Gators assistant coach. A double All-American at UCLA, WU has spent the past three years on the Epson circuit.
Florida also welcomed a freshman Karoline Tuttle on the list this season. A 2021U.S. A participant in the Women’s Open, she was named Florida State Golf Association (FSGA) Player of the Year consecutively in 2020 and 2021.
Florida continues the season opener at the “Mo” Morial Invitational in Bryan, Texas at Traditions Golf Club Sept. 20-21, marking the first-ever appearance in the event. UF wraps up the fall at the Windy City Classic (October 3-4) and Standford Intercollegiate (October 21-23).