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Monday March 24, 2008No. 9 UF Men's Golf Within Four Shots Of Lead At Hootie At Bulls Bay Invitational

CHARLESTON, S.C.

Sophomore Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) birdied his first three holes en route to a 1-under 70 to position the No. 9 University of Florida men’s golf team in fourth place at four strokes off the pace at the Hootie At Bulls Bay Invitational on Monday.

The Gators matched their 1-over 285 score from the first round to sit at 2-over 570 through 36 holes. South Carolina maintained its lead with a second-round 286 that put them at 2-under 566 overall. North Carolina State is second at 1-under, and Clemson is third at 1-over. Florida is nine shots better than fifth place Auburn, who is at 11-over.

“Hopefully, we can go out early and post a number that might be good enough to win tomorrow,” UF head coach Buddy Alexander said. “We have played solidly. All 10 scores have been reasonably decent. We haven’t really had anyone post a low round yet, and I think we have a couple of those in us. I would be very surprised if we don’t play very well tomorrow.

Alexander came out firing with birdies on the first three holes of his round. He played the par-3s at 2-under, including a birdie on the seventh hole. Alexander closed his front nine at 2-under and played his final nine holes at 1-over par to sit in a tie for fifth place with four other players.

North Carolina State’s Matt Hill fired a 67 to take a one-shot lead over Wake Forest’s Webb Simpson at 4-under on the individual leaderboard. Eight players are within three strokes of the lead, including Alexander.

Senior Manuel Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) carded an eagle on the par-5 10th hole that highlighted his even-par round of 71. Villegas had three bogeys and rolled in a birdie on the par-3 12th. The senior is a tie for 12th place at 1-over heading into Tuesday’s final round.


Junior Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) also tallied a 71 on Monday and is in a tie for 19th place at 2-over. Ragland had four birdies to go along with four bogeys. Junior Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) and senior Tyler Brown (Jacksonville, Fla.) are in a tie for 23rd place following rounds of 73 and 75, respectively. Both are at 3-over-par.

 

The final round of the tournament gets underway at 8 a.m. ET Tuesday. Live scoring can be found at www.Golfstat.com.

Team Scores After Day 2

Place

School

Score

1.

South Carolina

280-286=566 (-2)

2.

North Carolina State

288-279=567 (-1)

3.

Clemson

285-284=569 (+1)

4.

Florida

285-285=570 (+2)  

5.

Auburn

286-293=579 (+11)  

6.

Lamar

286-294=580 (+12)

T7.

Augusta State

284-298=582 (+14)  

T7.

UCF      

291-291=582 (+14)  

T9.

Virginia Tech

290-295=585 (+17)

T9.

LSU      

290-295=585 (+17)  

11.

Wake Forest   

291-297=588 (+20)

12.

Coll. of Charleston

291-300=591 (+23)

13.

Kentucky     

296-297=593 (+25)  

14.

Duke   

294-301=595 (+27)  

15.

Baylor    

306-291=597 (+29)

 

Individual Top 10 After Day 2

Place

Player (School)

Score

1.

Matt Hill (North Carolina State)  

71-67=138 (-4)   

2.

Webb Simpson (Wake Forest)  

68-71=139 (-3)  

T3.

Phillip Mollica (Clemson)   

69-71=140 (-2)   

T3.

Kyle Stanley (Clemson)     

71-69=140 (-2)

T5.

Tyson Alexander (Florida)    

71-70=141 (-1)

T5.

Andrew Byrd (North Carolina State)    

69-72=141 (-1)

T5.

Patrick Cunning (South Carolina)    

70-71=141 (-1)

T5.

Justin Harding (Lamar)    

67-74=141 (-1)

T5.

Jurrian van der Vaart (Virginia Tech)  

71-70=141 (-1)

T10.

Mark Anderson (South Carolina)     

70-72=142 (E)

T10.

Greg Forest (UCF)   

70-72=142 (E)

 

Florida Day 2 Results

Place

Player

Score

T5.

Tyson Alexander     

71-70=141 (-1)

T12.

Manuel Villegas    

72-71=143 (+1)  

T19.

Toby Ragland     

73-71=144 (+2)

T23.

Billy Horschel     

72-73=145 (+3)

T23.

Tyler Brown     

70-75=145 (+3)

 

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