UF MGOLF: Florida Concludes Regular Season in Naples

The Gators men’s golf team tied for fourth in their final regular season performance.

NAPLES, Fla. – The University of Florida men’s golf team concluded play at the Calusa Cup, marking their last regular season round of golf. The Gators posted an 11-over total par 875 through three days of competition to tie for fourth in the field of nine.

Freshman Joe Pagdin shined for the Gators, fueled by his first round 67. The England native posted three rounds of consistent play and finished in a tie for fifth individually, his best performance to date in the orange and blue. Pagdin was the only Gators golfer to post a final score under par.

Tyler Wilkes followed in his fellow freshman’s footsteps, posting his second-straight T-15 finish behind a 3-over par 219 performance. Wilkes posted the best round of the day for the Gators and the best of the round of his tournament with an even scorecard.

Both Ricky Castillo and Fred Biondi tied for 20th behind 5-over par overall performances.

Yuxin Lin rounded out the Gators lineup, finishing 9-over par and in sole possession of 28th place.

Gio Manzoni, who played as an individual, finished one stroke off of his Gators teammate with a 10-over par scorecard to finish tied for 30th.

NOTABLE

  *   Freshman Joe Pagdin recorded the highest finish of his career, posting a 1-under par 215 to tie for fifth individually.
  *   Freshman Tyler Wilkes recorded his second straight top-15 finish. This marks his third-straight finish in the top-20 individually.
  *   Ricky Castillo recorded his third top-20 finish of the season.

Head Coach JC Deacon’s Take
On the final outcome…
“Disappointed not to have won. We felt very prepared and ready to take a big step. I do think this team is really close to playing our best golf. We just haven’t had all five put it together at the same time yet. It’s coming soon.”

On Joe Pagdin…
“I am very pleased with Joe Pagdin’s response this week. His T-5 is his top finish to date as a Gator. He’s starting to play his best golf at the perfect time.”

Team Leaderboard
Position

Team

R1

R2

R3

Final

1

Oklahoma

293

284

282

859 (-5)

2

Georgia Tech

294

284

289

867 (+3)

3

Florida State

290

294

284

868 (+4)

T4

Florida

286

295

294

875 (+11)

T4

Texas

294

295

296

875 (+11)

6

Wake Forest

301

288

293

882 (+18)

7

Iowa

297

311

292

900 (+36)

8

Purdue

298

295

309

902 (+38)

9

Marquette

299

315

296

910 (+46)

Player Leaderboard
Position

Name

R1

R2

R3

Final

T5

Joe Pagdin

67

73

75

215 (-1)

T15

Tyler Wilkes

74

73

72

219 (+3)

T20

Ricky Castillo

72

75

74

221 (+5)

T20

Fred Biondi

73

75

73

221 (+5)

28

Yuxin Lin

76

74

75

225 (+9)

T29

Gio Manzoni

74

78

74

226 (+10)

NEXT UP: The Gators will set their sights on the postseason when they head to St. Simons Island, Ga. to compete in the SEC Championship, slated to begin on Wednesday, April 21.

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