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Toby Ragland battled from a three-hole deficit to halve his second-round match on Sunday.

Sunday October 29, 2006Men?s Golf Tops Arizona And Duke On First Day Of Match Play Championship

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Toby Ragland battled from a three-hole deficit to halve his second-round match on Sunday.

Sophomore Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) fought back from a three-hole deficit with three to play in his second-round match on Sunday, enabling the top-seeded University of Florida men’s golf team to win a total-holes tiebreaker, 30-28, and defeat eighth-seeded Duke by a score of 2-2-1. Earlier in the day, the Gators defeated 16th-seeded Arizona, 3-2, in their opening-round contest.

 

Finding himself three holes down to Duke’s Jeff Edelman after eight holes, Ragland battled through a seven-hole stretch of all-square golf before making his move on Colonial Country Club’s third hole. He bested Edelman by one stroke on the third and fourth holes, narrowing the score to 1-up with one hole to play. Ragland capped the comeback with a one-stroke win on Colonial’s fifth hole – widely regarded as one of the most difficult holes in all of golf – to halve the match for the Gators and invoke a tie-breaking scenario.

 

“Toby made a nice comeback to get an important half for us,” Florida head coach Buddy Alexander said. “He was able to make pars on the last three holes, which are all very difficult. He also had a nice win in the morning in a match that we had to have.”

 

Sophomore Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) never trailed on the day en route to picking up two wins for the Gators. He defeated Arizona’s Creighton Honeck, 3 and 2, in the first round, and earned a 3-and-2 win over Duke’s Adam Long in the day’s latter round. Junior Manuel Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) also captured two wins on the day, including a 5-and-4 win over Arizona’s Trey Denton that proved to be UF’s largest margin of victory on Sunday. In the second round, Villegas posted a 3-and-1 win over the Blue Devils’ Clark Klaasen.

 

Freshman Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) played a neck-and-neck second-round match with Duke’s Schachner before eventually falling short by one hole, while senior Jessie Mudd (Louisville, Ky.) also came up short against Duke in the second round. Mudd and junior Tyler Brown (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) both dropped their opening-round matches against Arizona.

 

“We’ve got Billy and Manny carrying the load for us a little bit right now, so hopefully they can stay on a roll,” Alexander said. “Tyson was able to keep him match close enough that we could win the tiebreaker. Sometimes those things go your way, and we were fortunate today.”

 

Florida, which ran its all-time record at the Match Play Championship to 10-3 with Sunday’s two wins, will face fourth-seed Oklahoma State on Monday. The defending-national-champion Cowboys defeated North Carolina State and Clemson en route to their third-round matchup with UF. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com or via www.gatorzone.com.

 

Round One Results

(1) FLORIDA def. (16) Arizona, 3-2

(2) Georgia def. (15) Minnesota, 4-1

(3) UCLA def. (14) Auburn, 3-2

(4) Oklahoma State def. (13) North Carolina State, 4-1

(5) Clemson def. (12) Washington, 2-2-1*

(11) Lamar def. (6) Coastal Carolina, 3-2

(7) Texas A&M def. (10) Arizona State, 5-0

(9) Duke def. (8) UNLV, 3-1-1

*Clemson wins total holes tiebreaker, 29-20

 

Round Two Results

Winners Bracket

(1) FLORIDA def. (9) Duke, 2-2-1*

(7) Texas A&M def. (2) Georgia, 3-2

(11) Lamar def. (3) UCLA, 3-2

(4) Oklahoma State def. (5) Clemson, 5-0

*Florida wins total holes tiebreaker, 30-28

 

Consolation Bracket

(6) Coastal Carolina def. (14) Auburn, 4-1

(8) UNLV def. (16) Arizona, 3-2

(10) Arizona State def. (15) Minnesota, 2-1-2

(12) Washington def. (13) North Carolina State, 4-1

 

Florida’s Round One Results (def. Arizona, 3-2)

Billy Horschel def. Creighton Honeck, 3 and 2

Manuel Villegas def. Trey Denton, 5 and 4

Toby Ragland def. Nathan Tyler, 3 and 1

Josh Esler def. Jessie Mudd, 6 and 5

Ben Fox def. Tyler Brown, 6 and 4

 

Florida’s Round Two Results (def. Duke, 2-2-1*)

Billy Horschel def. Adam Long, 3 and 2

Manuel Villegas def. Clark Klaasen, 3 and 1

Toby Ragland halved Jeff Edelman

Michael Quagliano def. Jessie Mudd, 4 and 3

Michael Schachner def. Tyson Alexander, 1 up

*Florida wins total holes tiebreaker, 30-28

 

 

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