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Friday March 20, 2009Gators in Fifth at Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational

Statesboro, Ga.

The University of Florida men’s golf team shot a four-over par 292 on Friday in the opening round of the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational in Statesboro, Ga. Senior Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) and junior Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) each shot even-par 72 and the Gators are in fifth place heading into the weekend.

 

Horschel carded a birdie on his opening hole and finished the first nine holes at two-under par, but two bogeys on the back nine dropped him to back to even for the day. McKenney got off to a slow start, shooting four-over par through his first 11 holes, but finished with four birdies in his last six holes to get back to even par.

 

Junior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) had four birdies in his round and finished at one-over par 73. Freshman Mu Hu (Shen Zhen, China) shot a 75 (+3) to round out the team score. Senior Will Strickler (Charlottesville, Va.) shot an 81 (+9).

 

“The greens here are tricky and the wind was swirling today,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “I think that’s why there weren’t many low scores today. We can do a better job tomorrow. We’re fortunate that nobody ran away from the field today. If we have a good round tomorrow we’ll be right in the middle of things on Sunday.”

 

Tennessee was the only team to finish under par on the first day, carding a 287 (-1), and they lead by three strokes. There are four players tied at three-under par on top of the individual leader board.

 

The Gators will tee off Saturday beginning at 10:21 a.m. Live scoring is available online at www.golfstat.com.

 

 

Team Results

 

School

Rd. 1

To Par

1

Tennessee

287

  -1

2

North Florida

290

  +2

T3

Georgia Southern

291

  +3

T3

South Carolina

291

  +3

5

Florida

292

  +4

6

Oklahoma

293

  +5

7

Auburn

294

  +6

T8

Georgia State

295

  +7

T8

Ole Miss

295

  +7

T8

N.C. State

295

  +7

T11

Vanderbilt

296

  +8

T11

LSU

296

  +8

T11

Virginia

296

  +8

14

Kentucky

297

  +9

15

Augusta State

298

  +10

T16

North Carolina

302

  +14

T16

Iowa

302

  +14

18

Notre Dame

311

  +23

 

Individual Top-10

 

Player

School

Rd. 1

To Par

T1

Taylor Floyd (ind.)

Augusta State

69

-3

T1

Glenn Northcutt

Auburn

69

-3

T1

Robin Wingardh

Tennessee

69

-3

T1

Sang Yi

LSU

69

-3

T5

Darren Blair

N.C. State

70

-2

T5

Jeff Dennis

North Florida

70

-2

T5

Tom Sherreard

Georgia State

70

-2

T8

Logan Blondell

Georgia Southern

71

-1

T8

Sam Braver

South Carolina

71

-1

T8

Wesley Bryan

South Carolina

71

-1

T8

Will Collins

Virginia

71

-1

T8

Matt Hill

N.C. State

71

-1

T8

Henrik Norlander

Augusta State

71

-1

T8

Chris Paisley

Tennessee

71

-1

T8

Jonathan Randolph

Ole Miss

71

-1

T8

Andy Winings

Kentucky

71

-1

T8

Ryan Zabroske (ind.)

Georgia Southern

71

-1

 

Florida Results

T18  

Tim McKenney

72

E

T18  

Billy Horschel

72

E

T27  

Tyson Alexander

73

+1

T45  

Mu Hu

75

+3

T92  

Will Strickler

81

+9

 

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