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Toby Ragland is in the hunt for his first top-10 finish of the season in Puerto Rico.

Sunday February 25, 2007Ragland Among Top 10 After First Round In Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Toby Ragland is in the hunt for his first top-10 finish of the season in Puerto Rico.

Sophomore Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) matched his low round of the season with a three-under 69 on Sunday, leading the top-ranked University of Florida men’s golf team to a score of 294 (+6) on the first day of the Puerto Rico Classic. The Gators stand in a tie for 13th place in the 18-team field after the first round of competition.

 

“We didn’t play particularly well today at all, but sometimes golf works like that,” Florida head coach Buddy Alexander said. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us now if we want to be competitive in this tournament. We’ll try to figure some things out tonight and hopefully come back tomorrow with a different mindset.”

 

Ragland, who earned a top-20 finish at last year’s Puerto Rico Classic, birdied six holes on the day, including back-to-back birdie efforts on holes 16 and 17. He played the front nine in a two-under-par clip of 34 on Sunday, and brought his round home in 35 strokes to finish the day tied for seventh. His first-round 69 equals the season-low he posted in both the third round of the Preview Invitational and the first round of the Isleworth Invitational in the fall.

 

“One of the reasons I picked Toby to play in this tournament is that he’s a gamer,” Alexander said. “I’ve said it time and again, Toby usually seems to help us out when we have a bad round as a team. I was certainly pleased with the way he played today, and hopefully we’ll see the same tomorrow and Tuesday.”

 

Freshman Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) finished the day with a score of 73 (+1), rolling in four birdies along the way. Sophomore Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) is two strokes behind his rookie teammate after posting an opening-round 75. Horschel played par golf over his last 17 holes of the day to bounce back from a triple-bogey on No. 1. Freshman Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) and junior Manuel Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) both rounded out the Gator lineup with a five-over score of 77.

 

Action will continue at the Puerto Rico Classic at 7 a.m. EST on Monday. Live scoring can be accessed via www.gatorzone.com.

 

Team Scores Through Round One

 

Place

School

Score

1.

East Tennessee State

273 (-15)

2.

Georgia

279 (-9)

3.

Stanford

281 (-7)

4.

Oklahoma State

282 (-6)

5.

Clemson

283 (-5)

T6.

Duke

284 (-4)

T6.

Alabama

284 (-4)

T8.

Georgia Tech

287 (-1)

T8.

Kent State

287 (-1)

T10.

Minnesota

288 (E)

T10.

Texas

288 (E)

12.

Northwestern

289 (+1)

T13.

FLORIDA

294 (+6)

T13.

Virginia Tech

294 (+6)

T13.

Purdue

294 (+6)

T15.

North Carolina State

297 (+9)

T15.

Illinois

297 (+9)

18.

Michigan

304 (+16)

 

Individual Top-10 Through Round One

 

Place

Player

Score

T1.

Rhys Davies (East Tennessee State)

65 (-7)

T1.

Cian McNamara (East Tennessee State)

65 (-7)

T3.

Jonathan Moore (Oklahoma State)

68 (-4)

T3.

Roberto Castro (Georgia Tech)

68 (-4)

T3.

Matthew Savage (Stanford)

68 (-4)

T3.

Brendon Todd (Georgia)

68 (-4)

T7.

David Merkow (Northwestern)

69 (-3)

T7.

Joseph Bramlett (Stanford)

69 (-3)

T7.

Mark Harrell (Alabama)

69 (-3)

T7.

TOBY RAGLAND (FLORIDA)

69 (-3)

T7.

Matthew Swan (Alabama)

69 (-3)

T7.

Sam Saunders (Clemson)

69 (-3)

 

Florida Results Through Round One

 

Place

Player

Score

T7.

Toby Ragland

69 (-3)

T44.

Tim McKenney

73 (+1)

T59.

Billy Horschel

75 (+3)

T71.

Manuel Villegas

77 (+5)

T71.

Tyson Alexander

77 (+5)

 

 

 

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