Friday February 13, 2009UF hosts 32nd Annual SunTrust Gator Invitational this weekend
The tournament has been held every year since 1978, and the Gators have dominated their home event. They have won the title 22 times and have finished lower than third on only one occasion.
“Our kids played among the best golf that I’ve seen from my teams in several years,” said head coach Buddy Alexander on Tuesday at the UF All-Sports Press Conference. “I was excited to see that. I think what we are seeing is the team is not that young anymore. What we are seeing is that this is turning into a competitive group.”
will hope to keep the momentum going when they enter this weekend’s event as
Coach Alexander will feature the same lineup that won the title in
“Everyone in the five-man lineup this weekend has played in the NCAA Tournament,” said Coach Alexander. “We have one guy in his fifth year, two guys in their fourth year and two guys in their third year. This is definitely a veteran team. If that is the team that ultimately plays in the postseason, it should serve us well.”
should serve as a barometer for postseason play, as this year’s field includes
10 teams ranked in the top-50 of the latest Golfweek/Sagarin
The 2008 Gator Invitational co-medalist, Zach Sucher of UAB, returns to try and defend his title and six of last year’s top-10 will be in the field again this year, including UF’s Alexander (3rd in 2008) and Horschel (T-4th).
The first and second rounds of the tournament will be played on Saturday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The final round will begin on Sunday at 8 a.m. with an awards ceremony following the conclusion of play. Live scoring will be available online at www.GolfStat.com.