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Gators Battle into Position for Match Play Berth at National Championship Tomorrow

Gators Battle into Position for Match Play Berth at National Championship Tomorrow

CARLSBAD, Calif. – A quick start by the Florida men’s golf team in round three of the NCAA National Championship on Sunday helped advance the Gators into the final round of stroke play and in great position to reach match play tomorrow.
Teeing off with three shots inside the top-15 cut and tied for 12th, Florida went low right out of the gates and at one point was 9-under on the front nine tied for 6th and got to 10-under approaching the turn. The Gators would make the turn 7-under to take on the difficult back nine and closed the day with a 1-under 287 to finish in 8th at 884 (+20). The 1-under round was its first under par round of the tournament and fourth in the last seven rounds in the NCAAs. It was also is tied for the third-lowest team round as leader Illinois claims the best with a 6-under 282 coming today.
The Gators advance to the fourth round of stroke play for the sixth time in program history and fourth under head coach J.C. Deacon. It marks the third consecutive season reaching the final 18 as the match play format was added in 2009.
Florida tees off the fourth round of stroke play tomorrow at 11:51 a.m. PT / 2:51 p.m. ET and are paired with Auburn (T6, +15) and Arizona (T9, +21) going off hole 10. UF has a one-shot lead for the final match play spot and looks to become the ninth team to reach match play after winning the national championship a season ago.
Golf Channel will broadcast the final round of stroke play starting at 6 p.m. ET
Ian Gilligan set the early pace with Florida’s first of 12 birdies on the first nine holes. His long birdie putt from the backside of the green on one produced five in his round for 12 total through 54-holes, ranking T2 in the field. The junior was 3-under at the turn and finished with his best round of the week with a 1-under 71 behind an important birdie on 18.



The second Gator to card a 1-under 71 was California native Matthew Kress. After 9-over in the opening round and 6-over yesterday, his under par performance was his third par or better round at the NCAAs in seven total rounds. He had a…


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