Florida surged as Clemson slipped, and the Tiger women's golf team came up just short in its quest for the winner's circle in its inaugural tournament.
The Gators shot a tournament-best seven under-par 281, made up a dozen shots on Clemson over the final 18 holes, and edged the Tigers by one stroke, 859 to 860 in the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall in Charleston.
The Tigers finished one stroke ahead of tournament host College of Charleston, a dozen ahead of South Carolina - which was ranked one spot ahead of Clemson in the preseason poll - and 21 strokes ahead of Auburn, which finished sixth in the nation last season.
Freshman teammates Ashlan Ramsey (72-69-71) and Sloan Shanahan (69-69-74) tied for second individually at four-under - one shot behind Florida's Anna Young (73-71-67).
Ramsey, the world's top-ranked amateur player, carried a narrow lead into the home stretch, but slipped from three-under to one-under when she bogied the 16th and 17th holes.
Clemson, which led by five shots going into the final round, shot a five-over 293 on Tuesday - the Tigers' worst of the tournament by eight shots.
The Tigers, who slipped by College of Charleston at the third-round turn, briefly regained the lead when McKenzie Talbert eagled the 15th hole. It was the second eagle in two rounds for Talbert.
Lauren Salazar (71-72-75) finished third among the Tigers and 19th overall at two-over, while Talbert (76-72-73) was five-over and tied for 37th. Jessica Huang (73-77-77) tied for 59th.