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Saturday September 22, 2007Men's Golf Gains Ground After A Solid Second Round At Preview

West Lafayette, Ind.

The No. 5 University of Florida men’s golf team shaved off 12 strokes in the second round at the PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational, jumping two spots to ninth place with a team score of 303-291 = 594 (+18). That performance places the Gators 21 strokes behind Oklahoma State (573, -3), the only squad under-par after two rounds, for the tournament lead at the Kampen Course at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.

 

Continuing to play good golf was junior Will Strickler (Charlottesville, Va.), firing a one-under 71 in the second round for a total of 146 (+2) and a share of 12th place. He sank four birdies on the round to give him six for the tournament. He will tee off Sunday at 9:27 a.m. EST, six shots behind tournament leader Jonas Enander Hedin from Charlotte.

 

“Will played good for us out there today,” head coach Buddy Alexander said. “He hasn’t played a whole lot for the Gators, but he had a solid summer and if he can continue to play the way he did this afternoon, he will get the chance to compete more often.”

 

Junior Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) was back to his usual form, turning in a three-under 69 to rebound from his 77 he posted earlier in the day for a share of 12th place with Strickler. Horschel tallied six birdies, including four on the back nine. He will tee off in the fifth group Sunday at 9:36 a.m. EST.

 

Senior Manuel Villegas (Medillin, Colombia) saw his play slip in the second round, shooting a double-bogey to go along with four additional bogeys and his second eagle of the year. He fired a 74-76 = 150 (+6) and his currently tied for 40th. Sophomore Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) fired a 77-75 = 152 (+8) after adding five more bogeys to his tally in the second round, sitting ten spots behind Villegas in 50th place. Sophomore Tim McKenney Scottsdale, Ariz.) continued to struggle, firing a second-round tally of 76 for a share of 64th place.

 

The Preview will finish up with the final 18 Sunday, starting at 9:00 a.m. EST. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com.

 

 

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