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Sophomore Billy Horschel is just four strokes off the pace at the Chris Schenkel Invitational.

Saturday March 17, 2007Men's Golf In Sixth After Two Rounds At Chris Schenkel Invitational

Statesboro, GA

Sophomore Billy Horschel is just four strokes off the pace at the Chris Schenkel Invitational.

Sophomore Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) played his way into a three-way tie for fifth, and the third-ranked University of Florida men’s golf team posted a two-round total of 587 (+11) to position itself in sixth place, on Saturday at the E-Z-GO Chris Schenkel Invitational. UF shot a two-over 290 in the first round, and came back with a second-round 297 (+9) in the afternoon.

 

“A little disappointed with the afternoon, but the morning went well for us,” Florida head coach Buddy Alexander said. “We got a little lucky in the morning because two guys really pulled through for us. I like the way we’re battling out there, but we need to find a way to shoot some lower scores.”

 

Horschel battled his way to a tie for fifth at 142 (-2) after 36 holes, rebounding from a double-bogey on the par-five ninth by birdying two of his last four holes in the second round. He rolled in five birdies during the first round, erasing a bogey on 10 with birdies on three of his next five holes to finish with a first-round 68 and grab a share of the lead. The 68 in the opening round was his seventh sub-70 round of the campaign.

 

“Billy is our main guy, and we need him to hang in there for us in every round,” Alexander said. “He got off to the start he was looking for, and was able to resurrect a solid second round with a couple of late birdies. He fought his way back in the second round to really help us out.”

 

Freshman Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) used a first-round 68 (-4), matching his collegiate best, to tie Horschel at the top of the leader board following the first round. He birdied five holes during the opening round, including three of his last five. McKenney birdied three more holes in the second round, but a quadruple-bogey on the eighth and three bogeys over a six-hole stretch towards the end of his round led to a second-round 77 (+5). He will head into the final day of competition in a 16th-place tie with a score of 145 (+1).

 

“We’ve been trying to get some good scores out of our fourth and fifth guys, and we got that from Tim in the morning today,” Alexander said. “He hung in there in the second round, even though it didn’t really go his way. It’s a bonus if we can get a 68 from him, and he’s capable of doing it again tomorrow.”

 

UF got improved performances from juniors Tyler Brown (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and Manuel Villegas (Medellin, Colombia), who followed up first-round scores of 77 (+5) with totals of 72 (E) and 74 (+2), respectively, in the afternoon. Brown moved 23 spots up the leader board in the second round, finishing in a tie for 36th with a score of 149 (+5). Sophomore Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) carded two five-over rounds of 77 on Saturday, with a score of 154 (+10).

 

“We can still come away from here with a solid tournament, but it’s going to take a very good score tomorrow,” Alexander said. “Each of our guys needs to step up for us to do that. I’m not really looking at where we finish right now, I just want to see us play well.”

 

Competition will resume at Forest Heights Country Club at 8 a.m. EST on Sunday. Georgia claimed the 36-hole lead with a score of 564 (-12), while the Bulldogs’ Chris Kirk jumped out to the individual lead with a six-under 138 on Saturday. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com, and can be accessed via www.gatorzone.com.

 

Team Scores Through Round Two

 

Place

School

Score

1.

Georgia

287-277 = 564 (-12)

2.

South Carolina

295-283 = 578 (+2)

3.

Alabama

292-288 = 580 (+4)

4.

Auburn

289-293 = 582 (+6)

5.

Augusta State

298-288 = 586 (+10)

6.

FLORIDA

290-297 = 587 (+11)

7.

Arizona

306-284 = 590 (+14)

8.

Texas A&M

298-293 = 591 (+15)

9.

New Mexico

299-293 = 592 (+16)

T10.

Michigan State

301-293 = 594 (+18)

T10.

LSU

300-294 = 594 (+18)

12.

North Carolina

302-293 = 595 (+19)

13.

Minnesota

299-297 = 596 (+20)

T14.

Georgia Southern

302-297 = 599 (+23)

T14.

Tennessee

297-302 = 599 (+23)

16.

Ohio State

298-302 = 600 (+24)

17.

Kentucky

304-298 = 602 (+26)

18.

North Carolina State

311-297 = 608 (+32)

 

Individual Top-10 Through Round Two

 

Place

Player

Score

1.

Chris Kirk (Georgia)

70-68 = 138 (-6)

T2.

Baker Elmore (South Carolina)

72-69 = 141 (-3)

T2.

Major Manning (Augusta)

74-67 = 141 (-3)

T2.

Brendon Todd (Georgia)

73-68 = 141 (-3)

T5.

Brian Harman (Georgia)

70-72 = 142 (-2)

T5.

Matt Harmon (Michigan State)

72-70 = 142 (-2)

T5.

BILLY HORSCHEL (FLORIDA)

68-74 = 142 (-2)

T8.

Allen Koon (South Carolina)

73-70 = 143 (-1)

T8.

Adam Mitchell (Georgia)

74-69 = 143 (-1)

T8.

Pete Oriol (Arizona)

75-68 = 143 (-1)

 

Florida Results Through Round Two

 

Place

Player

Score

T5.

Billy Horschel

68-74 = 142 (-2)

T16.

Tim McKenney

68-77 = 145 (+1)

T36.

Tyler Brown

77-72 = 149 (+5)

T54.

Manuel Villegas

77-74 = 151 (+7)

T74.

Toby Ragland

77-77 = 154 (+10)

 

 

 

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