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Freshman Tim McKenney narrowly missed his first top-10 finish at the Chris Schenkel Invitational.

Sunday March 18, 2007Men's Golf Earns Fifth-Place Finish At Chris Schenkel Invitational

Statesboro, GA

Freshman Tim McKenney narrowly missed his first top-10 finish at the Chris Schenkel Invitational.

The third-ranked University of Florida men’s golf team fired a six-over 294 on Sunday in the final round of the E-Z-GO Chris Schenkel Invitational, and finished fifth with a 54-hole total of 881 (+17). The showing marks the Gators’ seventh top-five effort of the season.

 

“Today was more of the same play we’ve seen all weekend,” Florida head coach Buddy Alexander said. “We weren’t horrible, but there weren’t a lot of good things that came out of it. We’re in a bit of a funk right now, and we may be pressing to get out of it. If our guys can get back to playing with some freedom, I think we’ll get this thing righted.”

 

Freshman Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) narrowly missed his first career top-10 finish, but led the way for the Gators with an even-par final round that helped him tie for 11th place. He used birdies on two of his last three holes to post a tournament total of 217 (+1), and finished the event with 11 birdies on his card. The 11th-place tie is McKenney’s best collegiate finish, besting a tie for 18th at the Preview Invitational.

 

“It was nice to see some good play from a guy in the fourth or fifth spot in our lineup,” Alexander said. “We’ve been searching for that, and Tim gave us a solid round today and a good tournament.”

 

Sophomores Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) and Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) also had productive days for the Gators on Sunday. Horschel secured a top-20 finish with a four-over round of 76 that earned him a share of 17th place with a three-round total of 218 (+2). The performance marked the 18th time in his collegiate career that Horschel has landed among a tournament’s top-20 at the end of competition. Ragland, meanwhile, tied McKenney for the low Florida round of the day with a 72 (E). Sunday’s round was his best of the tournament by five strokes, and moved him from a tie for 74th into a share of 47th.

 

Florida also got a solid round from junior Tyler Brown (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), who took his round out and brought it home with identical scores of 37, leading to a two-over 74 on the day. He finished the tournament with a total of 223 (+7) that was good for a 34th-place tie. Fellow junior Manuel Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) closed out the tournament with a final-round 77, finishing in a tie for 58th with a score of 228 (+12).

 

The top five spots at the Schenkel Invitational were claimed by Southeastern Conference teams, led by winner Georgia (854, -10). The Bulldogs’ Chris Kirk took home the individual medal with a six-under score of 210, while six SEC players earned spots in the individual top-10.

 

UF will take a three-week break before returning to action on April 9 at the U.S. Collegiate Championship in Atlanta. Georgia Tech will host the three-day event at the Golf Club of Georgia.

 

Final Team Scores

 

Place

School

Score

1.

Georgia

287-277-290 = 854 (-10)

2.

Alabama

292-288-280 = 860 (-4)

3.

Auburn

289-293-286 = 868 (+4)

4.

South Carolina

295-283-296 = 874 (+10)

5.

FLORIDA

290-297-294 = 881 (+17)

6.

Texas A&M

298-293-295 = 886 (+22)

7.

Georgia Southern

302-297-288 = 887 (+23)

8.

Augusta State

298-287-303 = 888 (+24)

9.

New Mexico

299-293-297 = 889 (+25)

10.

Tennessee

297-302-291 = 890 (+26)

11.

Arizona

306-284-301 = 891 (+27)

12.

North Carolina

302-293-301 = 896 (+32)

13.

LSU

300-294-303 = 897 (+33)

14.

Michigan State

301-293-304 = 898 (+34)

15.

Ohio State

298-302-303 = 903 (+39)

16.

Kentucky

304-298-305 = 907 (+43)

17.

Minnesota

299-297-314 = 910 (+46)

18.

North Carolina State

311-297-303 = 911 (+47)

 

Individual Top-10

 

Place

Player

Score

1.

Chris Kirk (Georgia)

70-68-72 = 210 (-6)

2.

Brendon Todd (Georgia)

73-68-71 = 212 (-4)

3.

Michael Thompson (Alabama)

71-73-69 = 213 (-3)

T4.

Adam Mitchell (Georgia)

74-69-72 = 215 (-1)

T4.

Baker Elmore (South Carolina)

72-69-74 = 215 (-1)

T4.

Matt Harmon (Michigan State)

72-70-73 = 215 (-1)

T7.

Bronson Burgoon (Texas A&M)

72-72-72 = 216 (E)

T7.

Bryan Jones (Georgia Southern)

75-75-66 = 216 (E)

T7.

Major Manning (Augusta State)

74-67-75 = 216 (E)

T7.

Jamie Bowen (Auburn)

70-74-72 = 216 (E)

 

Florida Results

 

Place

Player

Score

T11.

Tim McKenney

68-77-72 = 217 (+1)

T17.

Billy Horschel

68-74-76 = 218 (+2)

T34.

Tyler Brown

77-72-74 = 223 (+7)

T47.

Toby Ragland

77-77-72 = 226 (+10)

T58.

Manuel Villegas

77-74-77 = 228 (+12)

 

 

 

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