Florida gets its first NCCGA national title in third try

Final leaderboard

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The University of Florida’s club-golf team has made three consecutive trips to the national championship, and on Sunday, it left with the hardware. The Gator team, which has only been in existence for three semesters, came from behind to win the National Collegiate Club Golf Association Spring National Championship.

The Gators entered the final round at Bryan Park Golf Course in Browns Summit, N.C., trailing Baylor by two shots. That’s nothing in the NCCGA’s play-eight-count-five format. The Gators ended up clipping the Bears by five shots in the second round to finish the 36-hole event at 38-over 758, three strokes ahead of Baylor.

Clemson, which tied Missouri at the rain-shortened fall national championship, was third, two shots behind Baylor.

Laura Kanouse, Florida’s team president, tied teammate Tyler Segal at 7-over 151 for the event. That was good enough for a tie for 11th on the individual leaderboard.

Michigan State’s Josh Heinze was the individual medalist with rounds of 71-72. At 1-under 143, he was the only player to finish the event in red numbers.

Clemson’s Matt Barth and Baylor’s Sam Hall were next at even par.

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