Andres Eschavarria leads Gators to SEC Men's Golf Tournament Championship
Redshirt-senior Andres Echavarria earned medalist honors as he led the Florida men’s golf team to victory in the SEC Men's Golf Tournament on Sunday.
It is the 15th SEC Championship for the men's golf team, its first since 2003.
The victory gave the University of Florida its 200th SEC Championship in program history. This season, Florida has won SEC titles in volleyball, soccer, women’s cross country, men’s basketball, men’s indoor track and field, women’s tennis, and men’s golf,. The lacrosse team also won a conference title, but plays in the American Lacrosse League because the SEC does not sanction lacrosse.
As a team, the Gators led after every round, but the result was not decided until the last hole. Florida sealed the victory when Echavarria made a birdie and sophomore Phillip Choi and senior Bank Vongvanij made even par on hole 18.
Florida improved its score each day of the tournament and finished with a total score of 848. The Gators also had three individual Top-5 finishes.
“I felt like we had the best team,” UF coach Buddy Alexander said. “I felt pretty comfortable coming in here even though our last tournament
wasn’t so great. I was a little nervous in that we kind of blew a six-shot lead at the Schenkel (Invitational) about a month ago and we hadn’t won in a while. We just felt like it was our turn to win, if we played like we played all year.”