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Gilligan, Gators Lead into Final Round of Sea Best

Gilligan, Gators Lead into Final Round of Sea Best

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Ian Gilligan and the Florida men’s golf team lead the field after 36-holes of the Sea Best Invitational on Monday.

Behind a round two of 4-under and a strong finish in the opening round, the Gators (+2) own a seven-shot lead into the final 18-holes tomorrow and will be paired with North Florida (+9) and Louisville (+14) and tee off a 9:12 a.m. Florida will seek its seventh win at Sea Best and third straight. 

Gilligan moved into the solo lead with a 3-under 67 in the second set of 18-holes at TPC Sawgrass. He first bounced back from triple bogey on his fifth hole in the opening round to finish with an even-par 70. The Long Beach State transfer carries a two-shot lead and aims for his fifth collegiate win, and first as a Gator.

Out of 10 UF golfers in action this week, eight are in the top-25 with Tyler Wilkes just behind Gilligan in T2 at 1-under. The senior, Wilkes, is one of four golfers in the field to sit under-par as she shot a 2-under 68 in round two. 

Playing in his third event, freshman Jack Turner is tied for 8th at 1-over. The Orlando native put together rounds of 71-70. 

The third Gator to go under-par on the day was Parker Bell (individual) with a 1-under 69 in his second round to end T11. It marked a four-shot difference in his opening round.

A trio of Gators – Quentin Debove, Miguel Leal, Luke Poulter – are all tied for 16th and competing as individuals. 

The final counting score in round two came from Matthew Kress, who shot a 71 (+1). A three-shot improvement from his first round. He sits T22. 

Rounding out the Gators competing are John DuBois and Ryan Hart in T44.



Place School Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Score To par
1 Florida 286 276 562 +2
2 North Florida 288 281 569 +9
3 Louisville 291 283 574 +14
4 UTSA 297 280 577 +17
5 Florida Gulf Coast U 294 284 578 +18
6 Lipscomb 293 288 581 +21
7 Cal Poly 297 285 582 +22
T8 Jacksonville 296 289 585 +25
T8 Louisiana Tech 297 288 585 +25
10 Kennesaw State 289 297 586 +26
11 Liberty 293 294 587 +27
12 Florida Atlantic 296 293 589


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