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Saturday February 14, 2009Ragland leads UF to 10-shot lead after Day One

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida menís golf team had a solid first day to take a 10-shot lead after two rounds in the 2009 SunTrust Gator Invitational. Senior Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) is on top of the leader board after firing 68 (-2) and 65 (-5) on day one for a two-round total of 133 (-7).

 

The Gators first round 269 (-11) tied for the fifth-lowest round in tournament history. Led by senior Billy Horschelís (Grant, Fla.) opening 65 (-5), the Orange and Blue took a five-shot lead into the afternoon round.

 

Helping out Horschel were Ragland and juniors Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) and Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) who each shot two-under par 68. Senior Will Strickler (Charlottesville, Va.) rounded out the morning with a one-over par 71.

 

The rain starting coming down during the second round, but even the weather couldnít keep the Gators from increasing their lead. Ragland holed six birdies in the afternoon to equal Horschelís first-round 65 (-5).

 

Horschel and McKenney carded even-par 70s and Alexander finished with a one-over par 71 (+1). Horschel is two shots behind Ragland in second place heading into the final round, while McKenney (T-7th) and Alexander (T-9th) also sit in the top-10. Strickler is tied for 42nd at five-over par 145.

 

Three other UF golfers are playing as individuals in the event, led by freshman Mu Hu (Shen Zhen, China) who is tied for fourth at three-under 137 for the tournament. Redshirt sophomore Andres Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia) is tied for 12th at 140 (E) and freshman Max Kieffer (Duesseldorf, Germany) is tied for 14th at 141 (+1).

 

Heading into Sundayís final round, Florida holds a 10-shot lead over Ole Miss (555, -5).

 

Tee times for Sunday will begin at 8 a.m. on holes No. 1 and No. 10. For complete results and tee times, visit www.GolfStat.com.

 

 

TEAM RESULTS

 

Team

To Par

Rd 1

Rd 2

Total

1

Florida, U of

-15

269

276

545

2

Mississippi, U. of

-5

274

281

555

3

Duke University

+3

279

284

563

4

Coastal Carolina

+5

279

286

565

5

UCF

+6

281

285

566

6

Tennessee-Chattanooga

+8

280

288

568

7

North Florida, U. of

+9

285

284

569

8

Florida State

+10

288

282

570

9

LSU

+13

285

288

573

10

Georgia State Univ.

+14

286

288

574

11

Mississippi St. U.

+17

290

287

577

12

Wake Forest Univ.

+20

288

292

580

13

Georgia Southern

+22

289

293

582

14

UAB

+28

292

296

588

 

INDIVIDUAL TOP-10

 

Player

School

To Par

Rd 1

Rd 2

Total

1

Toby Ragland (3)

Florida, U of

-7

68

65

133

2

Billy Horschel (1A)

Florida, U of

-5

65

70

135

3

Sam Lyons (7)

Coastal Carolina

-4

66

70

136

T4

Sean Dale (8A)

Mississippi, U. of

-3

67

70

137

T4

Mu Hu (18B) (ind.)

Florida, U of

-3

71

66

137

T4

Derek Rende (3)

Tennessee-Chattanooga

-3

69

68

137

T7

Tim McKenney (4B)

Florida, U of

-2

68

70

138

T7

Simon Ward (10B)

UCF

-2

68

70

138

T9

Tyson Alexander (2)

Florida, U of

-1

68

71

139

T9

Jeff Dennis (14)

North Florida, U. of

-1

69

70

139

T9

Jonathan Randolph (11)

Mississippi, U. of

-1

71

68

139

 

FLORIDA RESULTS

 

Player

To Par

Rd 1

Rd 2

Total

1  

Toby Ragland

-7

68

65

133

2  

Billy Horschel

-5

65

70

135

T7  

Tim McKenney

-2

68

70

138

T9  

Tyson Alexander

-1

68

71

139

T42  

Will Strickler

+5

71

74

145

T4  

Mu Hu (ind.)

-3

71

66

137

T12  

Andres Echavarria (ind.)

E

71

69

140

T14  

Max Kieffer (ind.)

+1

68

73

141

 

 

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