Women's golf team holds off No. 1 Duke for regional title
Florida took a three-shot lead into Saturday's final round of the NCAA East Regional, then shot a final-round 10-over 298 to edge three-time defending NCAA champion Duke for the Gators' first NCAA Regional title in school history.
Fourth-ranked Florida finished 19-over 883, while top-seeded Duke closed at 20-over 884. Georgia finished third at 25-over 889.
“This team continues to show a lot of heart,” UF coach Jill Briles-Hinton said. “I am so proud of what they have done to pull this off. Our team shows that it never quits and just keeps fighting.”
The top eight teams qualified for the NCAA Championships, which will be played May 20-23 in Albuquerque, N.M. Joining Florida, Duke and Georgia will be Auburn (894), Virginia (898), South Carolina (899), Wake Forest (899) and Furman (900), which edged NCAA host New Mexico by one stroke to earn the final NCAA Championship bid.