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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 Sundays 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. Im 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 teams 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.

 

Were 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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