Florida's Fred Biondi win men's golf individual national championship
The GIST: The college golf season is approaching its final hole before heading to the clubhouse. The men’s individual title was awarded Monday, but there’s still one last match-play round left before we pack the putters away for the summer.
The individual champ: Chomps for the champ! Florida’s No. 57 senior Fred Biondi took home Monday’s hardware, becoming the first Gator to secure an individual natty since 2001. And he did it with style, completing a stunning five-stroke comeback to edge runners-up No. 15 Ross Steelman (Georgia Tech) and No. 76 Jackson Buchanan (Illinois) by the thinnest of margins.
- On top of the trophy (which he looks thrilled about), Biondi also scored invites to the 2023 U.S. Open and 2024 Masters. The catch? He’ll have to delay going pro and instead use his last year of NCAA eligibility in order to accept. Decisions, decisions.
The team title: Biondi and his No. 9 Gators aren’t done yet — they sailed through yesterday’s quarter-finals before fighting through a tough semifinal against intrastate rival No. 7 Florida State to reach today’s team championship.
- Florida’s final foe? Steelman and No. 11 Georgia Tech, who ousted No. 2 UNC in their own semi. Tee ’em up.