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SEC Golf Athletes of the Week: Feb. 7

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Male Golfer of the Week

nathan francos South Carolina
Jr. Roebuck, South Carolina, USA
  • He recorded his first career victory in the Thomas Sharkey Individual Collegiate (February 3-4), winning by four strokes over teammate Rafe Reynolds.
  • He posted a career-best 54-hole score of 204 (-12) and was the only player in the 79-man field to reach double digits under par with his total score.
  • He shot 68-66-72 and his second-round score of 66 (-6) was his best of the season, tying the lowest score of his career.

Male Golfer of the Week

Daniel Rodrigues Texas A&M
Mr. Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • Rodrigues tied for fifth place in the Arizona National Invitational Tournament at the famed Omni Tucson National with a score of 201, 15 under par.
  • After opening the tournament with a 2-under 70, he followed with a 66 and closed with a 65, the best of the season.
  • His 15-under score was the best mark of his college career for a three-round tournament.
  • His final round included six birdies plus an eagle on his final hole for a total of 7 under par.
  • It marked his second consecutive top-5 finish and third consecutive top-10 finish.

Male Golfer of the Week

Jack Lundin Missouri
Mr. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
  • In a field that included 11 schools ranked in the top 60 nationally, senior Jack Lundin finished fifth overall at -15.
  • Lundin’s score of 201 is the best score of his career (by two strokes), while also tying for the ninth-best score in school history.
  • The senior also helped the Tigers finish fifth as a team, beating SEC rival and No. 25 Texas A&M by one stroke.
  • Lundin led the Tigers through an 830 tournament, marking the seventh-best score in school history.
  • Overall, Lundin had three eagles and 16 birdies in the 54-hole tournament.

Male Freshman of the Week

Drew Wilson Mississippi State
Q. Camp Potts, miss.
  • Finished tied for third place at the 2024 Thomas Sharkey Individual Collegiate
  • He was the highest-placed freshman and third-highest-placed SEC golfer in the event.
  • He was named to the Thomas Sharkey Collegiate Individual All-Tournament Team.
  • He shot a career-low 7-under 65 in the second round. Tied for lowest round by a Bulldog golfer this year.
  • Third lowest round recorded by an SEC freshman this season.

Male Freshman of the Week

Lucas Poulter Florida
Q. Orlando, Florida.
  • He finished 6 hours individually at the Sea Best Invitational.
  • He earned a score of 210 (E) in 54 holes.
  • He shot a third round with a score of 67 (-3).
  • Tied for fourth in the field with 12 birdies.

Female Golfer of the Week

Ingrid Lindblad L.S.U.
Gram. Halmstad, Sweden
  • He finished solo second in the first tournament of the spring semester at the Puerto Rico Classic with a 54-hole total of 8-under par 208. He posted rounds of 71-69-68.
  • Low SEC player among the league’s five teams in the tournament.
  • 11 birdies and an eagle in the event. He played the par 5s at 6-under par.
  • Added to his school record of 37 top 10s in 44 career starts at LSU, it was his 28th top-5 finish.
  • He helped the Tigers finish in second place.

Female Golfer of the Week

dear hanna South Carolina
Jr. Midlothian, Scotland
  • He went 3-0 in games to help the No. 6 Gamecocks to the team’s second win of the season at the Therese Hession Regional Team Challenge (Feb. 3-5) out west in Palos Verdes Estates, California .
  • The team defeated Arizona, No. 7 Oregon and No. 1 Wake Forest on its way to the title.
  • Darling led the team in birdies and total holes won in his three victories.
  • She defeated WAGR No. 40 Carolina López-Chacarra 2 and 1 in the team’s 4-1 victory over the top-ranked Demon Deacons. Darling shot 67 (-4) in the 18-hole match.
  • She also posted a 5-and-4 win over WAGR No. 48 Kiara Romero in the team’s 3-2 win over the seventh-ranked Ducks for a pair of top-100 wins.
  • The winning team earned a one-player sponsor exemption into the LPGA Fir Hills Seri Pak Championship March 21-24 at Palos Verdes Golf Club and Darling was selected to represent the Gamecocks and make her professional debut at the event.

Freshman of the Week for Women

Maria Jose Marin Arkansas
Q. Cali, Colombia
  • José Marín, ranked No. 1 in the Spikemark rankings, made a major comeback at the Purdue Puerto Rico Classic, finishing the tournament under par for the fourth consecutive time as a college golfer at 1 under par, 215 (77-71-67).
  • Tied for 16th after jumping 24 spots on the final day thanks to her 5-under 67 in the third round, which tied the lowest round of her career for the freshman.
  • In that final round, José Marín scored five birdies and 13 pars, without bogeys in those 18 holes.
  • She shot a 71 in the second round, which helped her bounce back after a rough start to the tournament.
  • José Marín finished the tournament with nine birdies and 39 pars. As a freshman, José Marín has recorded nine rounds at par or below and five rounds in the 60s.
  • She tied for the lowest 54-hole score of any freshman in the field.

Freshman of the Week for Women

Ava Merrill Vanderbilt
Q. Johns Creek, Georgia.
  • Finished T6 playing as an individual at the FAU Paradise Invitational (-2, 214).
  • He had the lowest round of his college career with a 4-under 68 in the second round.
  • He added a 1-under 71 in the final round.
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