The Future is Rosy for Florida


GatorAfter spending Tuesday in Gainesville, Fla., watching the final round of The SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational, it occurred to me that this victory by the Lady Gators may just be the beginning of a magical run.
Now keep in mind this return to prominence most likely wont take place until the fall of 2003. This is in no way a knock on the players on this years team. There is fine talent in this group currently at Florida. But as I look into my crystal ball, I see two things.actually two faces.Aree and Naree.
Thats right - the two Wongluekiets decided late last year to take their talents to Gainesville.
Now, I believe the twins will stay in school for maybe just one or two years. But if you are head coach Jill Briles-Hinton, who cares? The addition of this duo makes them the odds-on favorite to win the national championship in 2004.
You might say I am getting ahead of myself, but I beg to differ. When two of your starting five will be players who have experience at the LPGA Tour level, and have made runs in major championships, how can you not like their chances?
Aree and Naree can fire 60-something at any given moment, not something many teams across the country would be able to claim. Add to the mix current freshman Aimee Cho, and another newcomer in the fall of 2003 Mallory Code, and this group to be in Gainesville has mini-dynasty written all over it.
The Lady Gators were national champions back in 1985 and 1986, but since then have yet to get back to the top of the mountain. I see that changing real soon. The foundation has been rebuilt, and in September perhaps the most anticipated beginning of two college careers will start.
Put it all together, tee it up, and I am hard pressed to see anyone but the Lady Gators taking home a lot of hardware in 2003-2004 season. Keep in mind, the game of golf is a funny one, and you never can tell what will happen on any given day. But if Aree and Naree have anything to say about it - and I believe they will.Watch out for Florida in 04.