Gators Prep for SEC Match Play Championship

Florida takes on South Carolina in day one on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 7:50 a.m.

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Dates: Sunday, Oct. 10 – Tuesday, Oct. 12
Location: Shoal Creek Golf Course – Birmingham, Ala.
Host: Jerry Pate/Alabama 
Course Par/Yardage: 72 / 7,370 yards
Format: Match Play – Two matches Sunday, one on Monday and Tuesday
Tee Times: 7:50 a.m. on Sunday, TBD on Monday and Tuesday
Live Scoring: Golf Stat (Link coming soon)
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FLORIDA SCHEDULE:

 Date Opponent  Time
Sunday, Oct. 10 South Carolina 7:50 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 10 Alabama or LSU or Vanderbilt 1 or 1:50 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 11 TBD TBD
Tuesday, Oct. 12 TBD TBD

 *All times are Eastern

GATORS LINEUP:
No. 1 – Yuxin Lin
No. 2 – Ricky Castillo
No. 3 – Joe Pagdin
No. 4 – Fred Biondi
No. 5 – Tyler Wilkes

TEE OFF
Florida men’s golf continues its stretch of three consecutive weekly tournaments at the newly-announced SEC Match Play on Oct. 10-12 at Shoal Creek Golf Course.    
 
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
After 35 seasons (1986-2020), the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate will make the transition to a newly-announced SEC Match Play hosted by Jerry Pate. It will be the first of its kind, a three-day tournament with all 14 SEC schools competing in a match play “single-elimination” format. Every team is guaranteed to play matches each day, starting with two on Sunday and one the next two days. 

THE FIELD (GolfWeek.com Rankings)
Alabama (53), Arkansas (3) Auburn (27), Florida (41), Georgia (21), Kentucky (86), LSU (20), Mississippi State (54), Missouri (42), Ole Miss (14), South Carolina (77), Tennessee (18), Texas A&M (7) and Vanderbilt (30)
 
LAST TIME OUT
Florida finished 12th at the Colonial Collegiate earlier in the week. Yuxin Lin led the Gators and placed T13th behind a career low round one of 64 (-6), which was the fourth lowest round by a junior in program history. 
 
PRESEASON RANKINGS & RECOGNITION 
The Gators earned preseason recognition and were selected 8th in the Golf Channel/Golf Weekly and T17th by GCAA Preseason Polls. Ricky Castillo was 4th overall in the Top 30 Preseason Players by Golf Channel/Golf Weekly. 
 
COACH DUDLEY
On Sept. 15, head coach J.C. Deacon announced the addition of Dudley Hart as the next assistant coach. The Gator Great spent the last four seasons as the volunteer assistant coach. He was four-time All American, the 1987 SEC Freshman of the Year and a two-time PGA Tour winner. 
 
NEW GATORS
The Florida men’s golf team added two new faces this season in Miguel Leal (Guatemala City)  and Matthew Kress (Saratoga, Calif.) Leal won the 2020 Billy Horschel Junior Championship and was a two-time winner (2019-20) of the Central American Junior Tournament. Kress attended Bellarmine College Prep and shot 11-under par to win the FCG Encinitas Junior Championship. He was a 2018 First Team All-League WCAL and helped his school win the 2108 WCAL Championships.
 
THE TURN
The Orange and Blue wrap up the fall at the Isleworth Collegiate (Oct. 17-19) at the Isleworth Golf Country Club hosted by UCF.  

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