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SEC Championship Forward for No. 12/16 Gators

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Dates:
Wednesday, April 20 – Sunday, April 24
Location: St. Simons Island, Ga. – Sea Island Golf Membership  
Host: Southeastern Convention 
Course Par/Yardage: 70 / 7,005 yards
Format: 54-hole stroke play (18-18-18) and Match Play (3 matches) 
Tee Occasions: 8:20 a.m. ET on Wednesday and TBA different days 
Reside Scoring: Golf Stat   
Watch: Saturday (Semifinals) and Sunday (Finals)
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TEE OFF
The No. 12/16 Florida males’s golf crew opens up postseason play on the SEC Championship on Wednesday with a spherical tee time of 8:20 a.m. ET.  

FLORIDA LINE UP

No. 1 – Ricky Castillo

No. 2 – Fred Biondi

No. 3 – Yuxin Lin

No. 4 – John DuBois

No. 5 – Tyler Wilkes 

Alternate – Quentin Debove 

FORMAT

The 2022 occasion will mark the fifth consecutive through which the championship will function each stroke and match play, with match play on Saturday (Quarterfinals and Semifinals) and Sunday (Championship). Three rounds of stroke play will happen the opening three days of the championship with the top-8 groups advancing to single-elimination match play.

THE FIELD (Golfstat / Golfweek Rankings)

No. 42/ 38 Alabama, No. 10/11 Arkansas, No. 15/15 Auburn, No. 16/12 Florida, No. 12/10 Georgia, No. 63/67 Kentucky, No. 25/19 LSU, No. 21/24 Ole Miss, No. 57/57 Mississippi State, No. 45/45 Missouri, No. 22/28 South Carolina, No. 18/22 Tennessee, No. 19/16 Texas A&M and No. 3/4 Vanderbilt. 

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The Gators ranked third all-time within the SEC with 15 convention championships and final gained in 2011. Florida gained its first title in 1955 and defended it the next season. From 1988-1996, UF claimed 5 championships together with 4 consecutive from 1991-1994. The opposite fours years they completed runner-up and third twice. 

Within the match play portion, Florida is 2-2 all-time with victories over South Carolina (2017) and Ole Miss (2018). 

BIONDI BREAKOUT  

Redshirt junior Fred Biondi has posted a breakout season within the spring each for the Gators and on the nationwide stage. He first set waves when completed runner-up on the Latin America Beginner Championship (LAAC) to begin the spring. Biondi adopted up with tying the event document (196, -14) to win his first collegiate title and lead the Gators to its third straight VyStar Gators Invitational title. 

He gained his second profession title within the spring last and has been named SEC Golfer of the Week twice and Golf Week Participant of the Week. Bionid leads the crew with a stroke common of 69.7, 4 under-par tournaments, 4.2 birdies per spherical and common relations to par of -1.6 (18 holes) and -4.8 (54 holes). 

Earlier right now, he turned the primary Brazilian participant to be a take part for the Arnold Palmer Cup. 

LAST TIME OUT

The Florida males’s golf crew completed runner-up behind Biondi’s second win of the season. The end additionally marked the Gators sixth consecutive top-5 end this 12 months as all 5 within the lineup positioned within the top-25 in a discipline that featured seven of the top-25 groups within the nation, together with No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 8 Georgia.  

GATOR GREAT COACHES 

Within the fall, head coach J.C. Deacon introduced the addition of Dudley Hart as the subsequent assistant coach. The Gator Nice spent the final 4 seasons because the volunteer assistant coach. He was four-time All American, the 1987 SEC Freshman of the Yr and a two-time PGA Tour winner. 

To star the spring, Deacon once more took this system to a different stage with the addition of Gator Nice and former FedEx Cup Champion, Billy Horschel, as a volunteer assistant coach. He was a four-year (2006-09) member of the Gator golf crew, three-time (2006-07, 2009) first-team All-American and two-time (2007 & 2009) SEC Participant of the Yr with over 282 skilled outings. 

OFF-SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Fred Biondi rode the momentum into the low season and completed tied for runner-up on the 2022 Latin Ameria Beginner Championship (LAAC). In his fourth consecutive look on the event, his 65 (-7) in spherical three on shifting day tied the event course document and moved him into second on the ultimate day, leaping 14 spots. With the efficiency, Biondi shall be exempt into the ultimate phases of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open Championship. 

Concluding his 2021 robust, Quentin Debove had a runner-up end on the Dixie Beginner and T3 outing on the Sunshine State Am. Freshman Matthew Kress began the brand new 12 months with a 5-under top-15 placement within the Saguaro Am Sequence and a trio of Gators had rounds within the 60’s to make the reduce on the South Seaside Am in John DuBois (67), Biondi (68) and Tyler Wilkes (69). 

Each Joe Pagdin and Wilkes bought to compete in marque tournaments as Pagdin represented Crew England at The Spirit and Wilkes competed within the Patriot All-America, honoring fallen heroes. 

PRESEASON RANKINGS & RECOGNITION 

The Gators earned preseason recognition and have been chosen eighth within the Golf Channel/Golf Weekly and T17th by GCAA Preseason Polls. Ricky Castillo was 4th total within the Prime 30 Preseason Gamers by Golf Channel/Golf Weekly. 

 

NEW GATORS

The Florida males’s golf crew added two new faces this season in Miguel Leal (Guatemala Metropolis, Guatemala)  and Matthew Kress (Saratoga, Calif.) Leal gained the 2020 Billy Horschel Junior Championship and was a two-time winner (2019-20) of the Central American Junior Event. Kress attended Bellarmine School Prep and shot 11-under par to win the FCG Encinitas Junior Championship. He was a 2018 First Crew All-League WCAL and helped his faculty win the 2018 WCAL Championships.

 

THE TURN

Florida will await its NCAA Regional (Could 16-18) vacation spot on Could 4 with the choice present airing on Golf Channel at 4 p.m.

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