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Sunday October 26, 2008M-Golf: Gators finish second, McKenney ties for first

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Junior Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and senior Will Strickler (Charlottesville, Va.) each shot final-round 72’s (+1) to lead the University of Florida men’s golf team to a second-place finish at the Columbia Invitational. McKenney claimed a share of the individual title with a three-day total of 221 (+8).

 

The Gators improved their second round score by 10-strokes on the final day, carding a 10-over par 294 to finish at 903 (+51) for the tournament. The second-place finish is the highest of the season for the Gators.

 

McKenney got better each day, shooting 75-74-72 to finish tied at the top of the leaderboard with TCU’s Tom Hoge at eight-over par 221. The first-place finish is the best of McKenney’s collegiate career, one spot better than his finish earlier in the month at the Duke Individual Collegiate.

 

Freshman Mu Hu (Shen Zhen, China) shot a final-round 74 (+3) and tied for sixth place. Hu’s sixth-place finish is the best of his short Gator career.

 

Strickler finished in a tie for 11th at 15-over par 228 for the tournament. His final round 72 (+1) was his lowest round of the fall season.

 

Junior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) and senior Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) each shot five-over par 76 on the last day. Alexander finished with a three-day total of 229 (+16) and earned a 13th place finish. Struggling in the first two rounds, Ragland finished tied for 38th at 24-over par 237.

 

TCU took first place, shooting a final-round 291 (+7) and finishing the tournament at 894 (+42).

 

This was the final event of the fall season for the Gators. The spring season will begin with the Gators hosting two tournaments. On February 2, Florida will host the Golden Ocala Collegiate. Mark Bostick Golf Course will host the 32nd annual SunTrust Gator Invitational February 14-15.

 

UF Results

T1. Tim McKenney, 75-74-72=221 (+8)

T6. Mu Hu, 72-80-74=226 (+13)

T11. Will Strickler, 79-77-72=228 (+15)

13. Tyson Alexander, 79-74-76=229 (+16)

T38. Toby Ragland, 82-79-76=237 (+24)

 

2008 Columbia Invitational Final Results

 

 

Rounds

 

 

 

Fin.

School

1

2

3

Total

 

To Par

1

TCU

307

296

291

894

+

42

2

Florida

305

304

294

903

+

51

3

Eastern Kentucky

301

312

312

925

+

73

 

St. John's

301

317

307

925

+

73

5

Louisana-Monroe

312

313

303

928

+

76

6

Penn

303

316

310

929

+

77

7

Hartford

309

312

310

931

+

79

8

Georgetown

301

313

318

932

+

80

9

Kennesaw St.

312

318

312

942

+

90

10

Western Illinois

315

318

321

954

+

102

11

Columbia

308

325

322

955

+

103

12

Princeton

329

322

305

956

+

104

13

Connecticut

305

328

330

963

+

111

14

Navy

317

322

328

967

+

115

15

Villanova

326

323

329

978

+

126

 

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