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Freshman Tyson Alexander fired his first collegiate round below par on Monday.

Monday February 26, 2007Men's Golf Jumps Five Spots Behind Alexander's Career-Best Round

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Freshman Tyson Alexander fired his first collegiate round below par on Monday.

Freshman Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) shot a career-low 69 (-3), and the top-ranked University of Florida men’s golf team moved up five spots on the strength of a five-under 288, in the second round of the Puerto Rico Classic on Monday. The Gators own a total of 577 (+1) and stand in a tie for eighth after 36 holes of competition.

 

“Golf is a funny game, and sometimes you don’t play well one day and you do the next,” Florida head coach Buddy Alexander said. “We swung it pretty well today, and we were able to shoot a decent score. We put ourselves in a position to come away with a solid tournament if we play well tomorrow.”

 

Tyson Alexander used a stretch of three birdies in five holes on the back nine to turn in the best 18-hole score of his career, besting the mark of 71 he established at the Gator Invitational. The second-round 69 was also the first sub-par round of his collegiate career. He totaled five birdies on the day and has seven over his first two rounds after entering the tournament with just 11 on the season. His effort on Monday moved him from a 68th-place tie to a six-player cluster tied at 38th with a score of 146 (+2).

 

“This was an important round for Tyson because it showed his ability to battle and bounce back from a bad round,” Buddy Alexander said. “It is really the best collegiate round he’s had both in relation to par and in relation to the field. It’s also the best he’s looked away from our home course.”

 

Junior Manuel Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) bounced back from an opening-round 77 to post a two-under score of 70 on Monday, moving up from a tie for 68th to a tie for 44th. He owns a two-round score of 147 (+3) after birdying three holes on the back nine during round two. Sophomore Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) remained in the top-20 after a second round in which he shot an even-par 72. He managed to birdie four holes en route to balancing a one-over front nine with a one-under back half. Ragland will enter the final round in a 16th-place tie with score of 141 (-3) for the tournament.

 

Freshman Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) remained Florida’s most consistent player at the Puerto Rico Classic, firing an even-par 72 on Monday after his opening-round 73 (+1), and will head to the final day of competition tied at 31st with a score of 145. Sophomore Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) improved by two strokes over his first-round score, posting a one-over 73 on Tuesday to finish the day in a tie for 51st.

 

The Puerto Rico Classic will begin its final round of competition at 6:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday. Live scoring can be accessed via www.gatorzone.com.

 

Team Scores Through Round Two

 

Place

School

Score

1.

Georgia

279-277 = 556 (-20)

2.

Stanford

281-279 = 560 (-16)

3.

East Tennessee State

273-290 = 563 (-13)

T4.

Alabama

284-283 = 567 (-9)

T4.

Clemson

283-284 = 567 (-9)

6.

Minnesota

288-284 = 572 (-4)

7.

Georgia Tech

287-287 = 574 (-2)

T8.

FLORIDA

294-283 = 577 (+1)

T8.

Oklahoma State

282-295 = 577 (+1)

T10.

Duke

284-297 = 581 (+5)

T10.

Texas

288-293 = 581 (+5)

12.

Kent State

287-297 = 584 (+8)

13.

Northwestern

289-296 = 585 (+9)

14.

Virginia Tech

294-293 = 587 (+11)

15.

Illinois

297-293 = 590 (+14)

16.

Purdue

294-305 = 599 (+23)

17.

North Carolina State

297-308 = 605 (+29)

18.

Michigan

304-303 = 607 (+31)

 

Individual Top-10 Through Round Two

 

Place

Player

Score

T1.

Joseph Bramlett (Stanford)

69-67 = 136 (-8)

T1.

Brendon Todd (Georgia)

68-68 = 136 (-8)

T3.

Roberto Castro (Georgia Tech)

68-70 = 138 (-6)

T3.

Matthew Savage (Stanford)

68-70 = 138 (-6)

T3.

Rhys Davies (East Tennessee State)

65-73 = 138 (-6)

T3.

Matthew Swan (Alabama)

69-69 = 138 (-6)

T7.

Tom Ballinger (Kent State)

70-69 = 139 (-5)

T7.

Cian McNamara (East Tennessee State)

65-74 = 139 (-5)

T7.

Sam Saunders (Clemson)

69-70 = 139 (-5)

T10.

Peter Richardson (Purdue)

71-69 = 140 (-4)

T10.

Jonathan Moore (Oklahoma State)

68-72 = 140 (-4)

T10.

Brian Harman (Georgia)

71-69 = 140 (-4)

T10.

Hudson Swafford (Georgia)

70-70 = 140 (-4)

T10.

Ben Pisani (Minnesota)

70-70 = 140 (-4)

T10.

Adam Mitchell (Georgia)

70-70 = 140 (-4)

 

Florida Results Through Round Two

 

Place

Player

Score

T16.

Toby Ragland

69-72 = 141 (-3)

T31.

Tim McKenney

73-72 = 145 (+1)

T38.

Tyson Alexander

77-69 = 146 (+2)

T44.

Manuel Villegas

77-70 = 147 (+3)

T51.

Billy Horschel

75-73 = 148 (+4)

 

 

 

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