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Sunday March 22, 2009Gators Finish Fourth at Schenkel E-Z-Go Invite

Statesboro, Ga.

The University of Florida men’s golf team shot a final-round 291 (+3) on Sunday to finish in fourth place at the 2009 Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational in Statesboro, Ga. Senior Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) shot a 69 (-3) and finished in a six-way tie for fourth place along with junior Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.).

 

“It was disappointing to get so close and not win,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “It leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. We didn’t perform very well on the last nine holes, and we had to count a high score today, which ultimately was a disappointment.”

 

Florida finished with a 54-hole total of 870 (+6), five strokes behind South Carolina, who shot two-under par 286 on Sunday to win by two strokes. The Gators entered the day in a tie for first, but Horschel was the only player to shoot under-par in the final round.

 

McKenney birdied his first hole on Sunday, but it would be his only birdie of the day and he entered the clubhouse with a 74 (+2). Horschel and McKenney tied for fourth with a three-day total of 214 (-2).

 

Junior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) shot even-par 72 on Sunday, and moved up eight spots on the leader board to finish in a tie for 32nd at four-over par 220 for the tournament.

 

Senior Will Strickler (Charlottesville, Va.) fired a 76 (+4) on Sunday to round out the team score. Strickler finished in a tie for 74th with a three-day total of 228 (+12). Freshman Mu Hu (Shen Zhen, China) shot a 77 (+5) and ended the tournament in a tie for 77th at 13-over par 229.

 

N.C. State’s Matt Hill took home the individual medal after firing his second-straight 69 (-3) to finish at seven-under par 209.

 

“Tim played under a lot of pressure today and had a chance to win,” said Coach Alexander. “The team had an opportunity to get a taste of battling for a team title away from home in a close contest. We didn’t handle it as well as I would have liked, but it was a great learning experience and we’ll keep building and be ready for the end of the season.”

 

Up next for the Gators is the prestigious U.S. Collegiate Championship, hosted by Georgia Tech at the Golf Club of Georgia in Atlanta on April 5-7. Florida will then look to tune up for postseason action, beginning with the SEC Championships April 17-19 in Sea Island, Ga.

 

 

Team Results

 

School

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Rd. 3

Total

To Par

1

South Carolina

291

288

286

865

+1

T2

Tennessee

287

293

287

867

+3

T2

N.C. State

295

287

285

867

+3

4

FLORIDA

292

287

291

870

+6

5

Kentucky

297

287

291

875

+11

6

Georgia Southern

291

293

292

876

+12

7

North Carolina

302

284

293

879

+15

8

Ole Miss

295

293

293

881

+17

9

Auburn

294

301

287

882

+18

10

North Florida

290

297

297

884

+20

11

Virginia

296

294

295

885

+21

T12

Vanderbilt

296

294

296

886

+22

T12

LSU

296

292

298

886

+22

14

Iowa

302

294

293

889

+25

15

Georgia State

295

297

300

892

+28

16

Oklahoma

293

297

306

896

+32

17

Augusta State

298

293

309

900

+36

18

Notre Dame

311

298

303

912

+48

 

Individual Top-10

 

Player

School

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Rd. 3

Total

To Par

1

Matt Hill

N.C. State

71

69

69

209

-7

2

George Bryan IV

South Carolina

74

70

68

212

-4

3

Jonathan Randolph

Ole Miss

71

73

69

213

-3

T4

Darren Blair

N.C. State

70

72

72

214

-2

T4

Taylor Floyd

Augusta State

69

71

74

214

-2

T4

Billy Horschel

Florida

72

73

69

214

-2

T4

Tim McKenney

Florida

72

68

74

214

-2

T4

Kevin O'Connell

North Carolina

72

74

68

214

-2

T4

Sang Yi

LSU

69

72

73

214

-2

10

Glenn Northcutt

Auburn

69

74

72

215

-1

 

Florida Results

 

Player

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Rd. 3

Total

To Par

T4

Billy Horschel

72

73

69

214

-2

T4

Tim McKenney

72

68

74

214

-2

T32

Tyson Alexander

73

75

72

220

+4

T74

Will Strickler

81

71

76

228

+12

T77

Mu Hu

75

77

77

229

+13

 

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