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Saturday March 21, 2009Gators Tied for Lead at Schenkel E-Z-Go Invite

Gainesville, Fla.

Junior Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is tied for first after a second-round 68 (-4) on Saturday at the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational in Statesboro, Ga. McKenney is four-under par for the tournament and helped Florida to a share of the team lead at three-over par 579 heading into Sunday’s final round.

 

“I was not all that excited about the way we played today,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “I know it sounds kind of crazy but it just seems like we wasted a lot of shots out there. I’m not saying we played poorly. I thought we would pick up maybe a few more shots than we did.”

 

McKenney scattered seven birdies throughout his round on Saturday to help the Gators shoot one-under par 287 as a team. Senior Will Strickler (Charlottesville, Va.) bounced back after his worst round of the season to shoot one-under par 71, ten shots better than his first round score.

 

Senior Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) fired a one-over par 73 and is tied for 20th with a 36-hole total of 145 (+1). Junior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) rounded out the team’s scoring on Saturday with a three-over par 75.

 

Alexander is tied for 40th at 148 (+4) for the tournament. Freshman Mu Hu (Shen Zhen, China) shot a five-over par 77 on Saturday. Hu and Strickler are tied for 70th at eight-over par 152.

 

Florida shares the overall lead with South Carolina, who shot even-par 288 on Saturday. McKenney is part of a three-way tie for the individual lead at four-under par heading into the final round.

 

“We’re in a good spot,” said Coach Alexander. “We have a chance to win the golf tournament tomorrow. We need to be more conservative with our shot saving and our putting.”

 

The Gators are scheduled to tee off beginning at 9:39 on Sunday. Live scoring is available online at www.golfstat.com.

 

 

Team Results

 

School

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

To par

T1

FLORIDA

292

287

579

+3

T1

South Carolina

291

288

579

+3

3

Tennessee

287

293

580

+4

4

N.C. State

295

287

582

+6

T5

Kentucky

297

287

584

+8

T5

Georgia Southern

291

293

584

+8

7

North Carolina

302

284

586

+10

8

North Florida

290

297

587

+11

T9

LSU

296

292

588

+12

T9

Ole Miss

295

293

588

+12

T11

Oklahoma

293

297

590

+14

T11

Vanderbilt

296

294

590

+14

T11

Virginia

296

294

590

+14

14

Augusta State

298

293

591

+15

15

Georgia State

295

297

592

+16

16

Auburn

294

301

595

+19

17

Iowa

302

294

596

+20

18

Notre Dame

311

298

609

+33

 

Individual Top-10

 

Player

School

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

To Par

T1

Taylor Floyd (ind.)

Augusta State

69

71

140

-4

T1

Matt Hill

N.C. State

71

69

140

-4

T1

Tim McKenney

Florida

72

68

140

-4

4

Sang Yi

LSU

69

72

141

-3

T5

Darren Blair

N.C. State

70

72

142

-2

T5

Logan Blondell

Georgia

71

71

142

-2

T5

Andy Winings

Kentucky

71

71

142

-2

T8

James Kania

Kentucky

74

69

143

-1

T8

Henrik Norlander

Augusta State

71

72

143

-1

T8

Glenn Northcutt

Auburn

69

74

143

-1

 

Florida Results

T1

Tim McKenney

72

68

140

-4

T20

Billy Horschel

72

73

145

+1

T40

Tyson Alexander

73

75

148

+4

T70

Mu Hu

75

77

152

+8

T70

Will Strickler

81

71

152

+8

 

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