Four Gator teams went after SEC Titles, but only the Lady Gator golf team was successful in bringing home a conference championship. Jill Briles-Hinton's team dominated the conference tournament, besting runner-up Arkansas by a ridiculous 17 strokes. Even more amazing is the fact that Florida's precocious 16-year-old freshman Hannah Yon was second individually, finishing one stroke off the pace.
The golfers joined Florida's volleyball, soccer and women's tennis teams as SEC Champs for this school year. It's never a bad day when the folks in Orange and Blue get to hoist a trophy, but it could have been so much better.
Both Gator tennis teams took to the courts in the finals of their respective SEC Tournaments. The Gator women, SEC regular season champs, had to be viewed as slight favorites while the 12th ranked men would be a slight underdog to No. 6 Ole Miss. The Rebels made relatively short work of the Gator guys, beating Florida 4-1 to claim the title. The Gators dropped the doubles point and only senior Nestor Briceno was able to win his singles match.
On the women's side it was a marathon match between the Gators and the Bulldogs won by Georgia 4-3. Florida actually took the doubles point, but the Gators' top three singles players all lost in straight sets. The bottom of the Florida lineup came up with wins by Anastasia Revzina and Lolita Frangulyan leaving the tournament title to be decided on court No. 4. The Gators' Marrit Boonstra fell in the third set of a grueling match that lasted more than three hours. It was the second year in a row that Georgia beat the Gators in the tournament final.
Both Gator tennis squads will likely be chosen to host NCAA first and second round action when the bids are announced on April 29.
The fourth Florida team seeking an SEC crown was the men's golf squad, but the Gators faded in the final round and finished fourth. Florida was just four strokes behind Alabama when the final round began, but ended up a distant 19 strokes behind the Crimson Tide. Both Gator golf teams are likely to receive invitations to the NCAA Regionals.
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