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Florida Finishes 3rd in West Lafayette Regional, Advance to NCAA Championship

Florida Finishes 3rd in West Lafayette Regional, Advance to NCAA Championship

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The defending national champion Florida men’s golf team will return to the NCAA National Championship. The Gators secured their ticket with a 3rd place finish at the NCAA West Lafayette Regional on Wednesday. 
Play was delayed this morning at Kampen-Cosler Course due to rain and tee times were originally pushed back 90 minutes. Entering the final round the Gators sat in 5th at 2-under with a four-shot lead. UF shot a final round of 2-under 286 to produce a 54-hole score of 4-under 860 and make the top-5 championship cut by 12 shots. It marked the 18th top-3 finish all-time in 34 NCAA Regionals appearances. 
Florida advanced to its fourth consecutive NCAA Championship and 57th overall. The Gators have only missed qualifying twice under head coach J.C. Deacon in nine regional outings. UF has made the championship in 20 of the last 22 tournaments as its 57 all-time outings at nationals rank fifth most in the nation behind Oklahoma State (75), Texas (68), USC (58) and Arizona State (58).

The NCAA Championship will take place at Omni La Costa (Champions Course) in Carlsbad, Calif. from May 24-29. It will be the first of three years the finals are taking play at Omni La Costa, which will be hosted by the University of Texas.


Deacon and the Gators had a better stay at Kampen-Cosler Course this time around. In 2017, Florida was the No. 1-seed and missed the top-5 championship cut after a final round of 24-over 312.


The top-5 seeds all earned tickets to the NCAA Championship with Vanderbilt winning at 24-under followed by host Purdue with 11-under, Florida 4-under, Arizona at 3-under and New Mexico 2-under.


Through the first hour-and-half in the final rounds, teams battled rainy conditions. Florida put together great start and setup for success when the rain stopped, with a combined 1-under on the first hole (#10) and was even-par on counting scores through the first five holes in the rain.


Florida made a charge in the final nine holes after finding itself 1-over at the turn and only a four-shot advantage over Indiana. The separation began with a trio of birdies from Parker Bell, John DuBois and Ian Gilligan. Then Turner put the Hoosiers and Mississippi State’s comeback efforts out of reach with a birdie on six to go up by 10 shots and into fourth place. 


Making his regionals debut, Parker Bell led the lineup with a T8 finish and a score of 4-under 212. He turned in all three rounds of par with…


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