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Sunday September 28, 2008Gators in fifth place after day one of PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational

Toledo, OH

The Gators shot a 291 (+7) and sit alone in fifth place after day one of the PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational in Toledo, Ohio. Redshirt Sophomore Andres Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia) shot a career best three-under par 68 and is tied for second place.


Echavarria played solid throughout the entire round, sinking three birdies and no bogeys. He sank a birdie to start the round on hole 10 and followed up two holes later on 13 with another birdie. His final birdie came at No. 3 and put him at three-under for the round. His 68 was three strokes better than his previous personal best of 71 (+1) at the 2007 Gator Invitational.


Teeing off on No. 10, junior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) struggled out of the gate with double-bogeys on Nos. 12 and 17 and finished the back nine at two-over par. He played the front nine holes at even-par to finish the round at two-over 73. Alexander is tied for 25th going in to the second round.


Senior Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) shot a three-over par 74 in the opening round and sits in a tie for 30th. Ragland had four birdies in his round. Senior Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) had six bogeys on the day and only one birdie to finish at five-over par 76. Horschel is in a tie for 44th after day one.


I was really proud of Andres today, said head coach Buddy Alexander. He played a bogey free round just good, solid golf all day long. We need some guys to step up other than Billy and Andres did that today. Billy got off to a slow start for the second tournament in a row but hes a tough guy and I know hell bounce back tomorrow.


Freshman Mu Hu (Shen Zhen, China), making his collegiate debut for the Gators, scattered three birdies in his round but it wasnt enough as he came in to the clubhouse at seven-over 78. Hu is in a tie for 63rd after the first round.


Oklahoma State leads the field after the first round shooting an impressive 282 (-2). Jamie Lovemark (Southern Cal), the 2007 NCAA Individual Medalist, shot the low round of the day and sits atop the leaderboard with a five-under par 66.


Play will continue Monday with second round tee times beginning at 9:00 a.m. The final round will be played on Tuesday. Live scoring can be found online at



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