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Saturday March 14, 2009Gators in Fifth at Southern Highlands Collegiate

Las Vegas

Senior Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) and junior Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) each shot even-par 72 in the second round and the University of Florida men’s golf team shot five-over par 293 on Saturday at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship in Las Vegas. The Gators are in fifth place at seven-over par 583 heading into Sunday’s final round.

 

Horschel is tied for ninth on the leader board at one-under par 143 for the tournament. Senior Will Strickler (Charlottesville, Va.) shot a 74 (+2) in the second round and is tied for 14th at even-par 144 after 36 holes. McKenney is tied for 24th at 147 (+3) heading into the final round.

 

Senior Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) rounded out the scoring on Saturday with a three-over par score of 75. He is tied for 51st at eight-over par 152 for the tournament.

 

Freshman Max Kieffer (Duesseldorf, Germany) struggled in the second round, finishing at seven-over par 79 Saturday afternoon. He is in a tie for 57th at nine-over par 153 after 36 holes.

 

“We had a very similar day today as we had yesterday,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “Oklahoma State had an unbelievable day and we got buzz sawed, so that just makes winning a little more difficult.”

 

The day looked promising in the early going, as the Gators had three players under par through the first nine holes. Horschel birdied his first two holes on the day and Strickler had four birdies on the front nine. McKenney sat at two-under par when he made the turn and pushed it to three-under with a birdie on the eleventh hole. That’s when the struggles on the back nine started, where the team combined for 15 bogeys and just five birdies.

 

Oklahoma State shot an amazing 18-under par in the second round to move from sixth place and eight shots back on Friday to first place and 12 shots ahead on Saturday. The Cowboys were led by Morgan Hoffman, who carded eight birdies, an eagle and no bogeys on his way to a 62 (-10). He is on top of the leader board at 10-under par 134 heading into Sunday’s final round.

 

The Gators are scheduled to tee off at 10:15 local time on Sunday. Live scoring is available online at www.golfstatresults.com.

 

 

Team Results

 

School

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

To Par

1

Oklahoma State

291

270

561

-15

2

UNLV

285

288

573

-3

3

Arizona

287

289

576

E

4

Clemson

283

298

581

+5

5

FLORIDA

290

293

583

+7

6

Georgia Tech

289

295

584

+8

7

Georgia

303

284

587

+11

T8

UCLA

296

293

589

+13

T8

Southern California

295

294

589

+13

10

Arizona State

309

285

594

+18

11

Charlotte

300

300

600

+24

12

Auburn

302

300

602

+26

13

California

298

305

603

+27

14

Texas

312

293

605

+29

15

Texas A&M

308

299

607

+31

 

Individual Top-10

 

Player

School

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

To Par

1

Morgan Hoffmann

Oklahoma State

72

62

134

-10

2

Cameron Tringale

Georgia Tech

67

70

137

-7

3

Matthew Giles

Southern California

67

71

138

-6

4

Ben Martin

Clemson

67

72

139

-5

5

Colby Smith

UNLV

67

73

140

-4

6

Jeremiah Wooding (ind.)

UNLV

73

68

141

-3

T7

Phillip Mollica

Clemson

69

73

142

-2

T7

Tyler Neal

Arizona

68

74

142

-2

T9

Billy Horschel

Florida

71

72

143

-1

T9

Brett Kanda

UNLV

72

71

143

-1

T9

Trent Leon

Oklahoma State

74

69

143

-1

T9

Bernhard Neumann

Oklahoma State

74

69

143

-1

T9

Minghao Wang

Georgia Tech

71

72

143

-1

 

Florida Results

 

 

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

To Par

T9  

Billy Horschel

71

72

143

-1

T14  

Will Strickler

70

74

144

E

T24  

Tim McKenney

75

72

147

+3

T51  

Toby Ragland

77

75

152

+8

T57  

Max Kieffer

74

79

153

+9

 

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