Gators in championship play this weekend in tennis and golf
The Florida men's and women's tennis teams, and men's and women's golf teams will all compete in SEC Tournament competition this weekend.
The men’s golf team is trying to win its 16th SEC championship in program history. The Gators will compete at St. Simons Island, GA., at the Sea Island Golf Club.
Florida is the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Defending champion and 2012 national runner-up Alabama is the top seed.
“It’s been a long spring,” UF coach Buddy Alexander stated. “We’ve got our boy T.J. (Vogel) back from the Masters. We didn’t play with T.J. two weeks ago at the Gary Koch Invitational. No excuses, ready to go, it’s the postseason. It’s time to put it together. I honestly think we are going to play well down the stretch and here at the end of the year.”
The Gators’ lineup at the par-70, 6,883 yard course is: seniors Tyler McCumber and Vogel sophomores J.D. Tomlinson and Eric Banks and freshman A.J. Crouch.
The women's golf team is playing at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, AL. The Gators are trying to earn their ninth conference title. Florida enters the tournament with nine consecutive top-10 finishes this season - tied for most in the conference.
The Gator women's tennis team will play Vanderbilt at 6 p.m. today. Florida is ranked No. 2 in the nation, but is the No. 3 seed in the SEC Tournament.
Florida defeated No. 18 Vanderbilt 4-1 in the final match of the regular season on April 14 in Nahsville. The Gators are 44-2 all-time against Vanderbilt, including an 11-0 record in SEC Tournament matches. The Gator’s last loss in the series was a 4-3 decision on March 11, 2005. Since then, Florida has won the last 13 meetings against the Commodores.
"We’re really excited to be here and ready to start playing in the SEC Tournament,” UF coach Roland Thornqvist said. “We’ve done a good job this year of getting ready for each and every match and I think we’ll be ready by the time we play on Friday. This is a great tournament again this year with four teams ranked in the top eight in the country and another two in the top 25. It’s going to be exciting tennis.”