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Tuesday April 7, 2009Men's Golf Finishes 13th at USCC in Atlanta

Atlanta, Ga.

The University of Florida men’s golf team finished in 13th place on Tuesday at the U.S. Collegiate Championship after shooting a final round 299 (+11). Junior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) showed some toughness as he fought back to card a two-under par 70 in the third round.

 

The Gators finished with a three-round total of 909 (+45), their highest tournament total of the season. Clemson took the team title after playing the final round at four-under par and totaling 876 (+11) for the tournament.

 

Senior Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) was UF’s top finisher at six-over par 222 in a tie for 19th. Alexander ended in a tie for 28th at eight-over par 224. Alabama’s Bud Cauley and UCLA’s Erik Flores shared the individual medal after each shot four-under par 212 through 54 holes.

 

“Obviously this was not a great week for us,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “Tyson did a nice job of battling today. He was three-over par after three holes and shot two-under par for the round, so I’m proud of that.”

 

Tyson Alexander got off to a rough start in some tough conditions on Tuesday, bogeying the first hole and making a double-bogey on the third hole, but he played bogey-free the rest of the round and carded five birdies to finish with a 70 (-2).

 

Senior Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) enjoyed his best round of the tournament with a two-over par 74, giving him a 54-hole total of 232 (+16). Ragland finished in a tie for 64th.

 

Junior Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) finished in a tie for 68th at 17-over par 233 after only one birdie on the final day to end up with an 80 (+8). Sophomore Andres Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia) tied for 77th with a tournament total of 247 (+31).

 

“This is not exactly what we were hoping for as we’re getting ready to go play in the conference championship,” said Coach Alexander. “But sometimes these can be wakeup calls for you. Maybe we’ll switch the lineup a little bit and have something positive happen from this. We’ve got about 10 days to get it figured out and get on the right trail for the SEC Championship.”

 

The SEC Championship will be held at Frederica Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga. April 17-19. Live scoring will be available online at www.GolfStat.com.

 

 

 

Team Results

 

Team

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Rd. 3

Total

To Par

1

Clemson

283

309

284

876

+12

2

Stanford

289

290

299

878

+14

3

Georgia Tech

291

302

288

881

+17

4

Georgia

295

292

296

883

+19

T5

Alabama

291

301

294

886

+22

T5

Texas A&M

296

287

303

886

+22

T7

UCLA

284

305

298

887

+23

T7

Washington

287

298

302

887

+23

9

Southern Cal

285

308

295

888

+24

10

Oklahoma St.

289

305

301

895

+31

11

South Carolina

291

303

303

897

+33

12

East Tennessee St.

306

303

297

906

+42

13

FLORIDA

296

314

299

909

+45

14

Indiana

303

297

310

910

+46

15

Florida St.

302

309

304

915

+51

 

Individual Results

 

Player

Team

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Rd. 3

Total

To Par

T1

Bud Cauley

Alabama

70

69

73

212

-4

T1

Erik Flores

UCLA

65

74

73

212

-4

3

David Chung

Stanford

75

66

73

214

-2

T4

John Tyler Griffin

Georgia Tech

72

74

70

216

E

T4

Steve Ziegler

Stanford

70

71

75

216

E

6

Brian Harman

Georgia

75

71

71

217

+1

T7

Brooks Koepka

Florida St.

70

74

74

218

+2

T7

Geoff Shaw

Texas A&M

73

73

72

218

+2

T9

Rhys Enoch

East Tennessee St.

75

73

71

219

+3

T9

Kyle Stanley

Clemson

69

79

71

219

+3

 

Florida Results

T19

Billy Horschel

70

77

75

222

+6

T28

Tyson Alexander

74

80

70

224

+8

T64

Toby Ragland

78

80

74

232

+16

T68

Tim McKenney

76

77

80

233

+17

T77

Andres Echavarria

76

85

86

247

+31

 

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