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Friday April 17, 2009Men's Golf in 3rd After Day One of SEC Championship

Sea Island, Ga.

Senior Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) is tied for second after shooting an opening round 68 (-4) and the University of Florida men’s golf team is tied for third after day one of the 2009 SEC Championship at Frederica Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.

 

The Gators shot four-over par 292 on Friday. Georgia opened with a team score of six-under par 282 to lead after the first round. Arkansas is in second at two-over 290, and Florida is tied with Vanderbilt in third.

 

“It was another roller coaster day for us,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “We had to count two high scores today, but we did battle back a little bit. Toby played a pretty good round and Billy was Billy. He played a very solid round and kept us in it.”

 

Horschel got off to a good start, playing his first 10 holes without a bogey. He finished with four birdies in his last five holes and is one shot behind the first-round leader, Kentucky’s Jordan Blann, who shot a 67 (-5). Horschel’s 68 is the lowest UF round at the SEC Championship since 2006.

 

Horschel and fellow senior Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) carried the team in the first round, as they were the only two players to shoot under par. Ragland birdied No. 1 and 4, but fell back to even par with of bogeys on 5 and 8. After sinking a few more birdies on the back nine, he finished the first round at one-under par 71, tied for eighth place.

 

Junior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) struggled through his first nine holes, but he pulled it together and played his last eight holes at even-par. He carded a four-over par 76 and sits in a tie for 32nd. Junior Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and senior Will Strickler (Charlottesville, Va.) each shot five-over par 77. They are tied for 40th going into the second round.

 

“We’ve got to be a whole lot better than we were today,” said Coach Alexander. “Georgia played a great round and got a big lead. They’ll probably have to slip a little bit for us to catch them but we’re still in the tournament and hopefully tomorrow will be a little better.”

 

Second round action will be played on Saturday, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. off holes No. 1 and 10. Live scoring is available online HERE.

 

 

TEAM RESULTS

1

Georgia

282

-6

2

Arkansas

290

+2

T3

FLORIDA

292

+4

T3

Vanderbilt

292

+4

T5

Mississippi State

293

+5

T5

South Carolina

293

+5

7

Ole Miss

296

+8

8

Kentucky

297

+9

T9

LSU

301

+13

T9

Auburn

301

+13

11

Tennessee

305

+17

12

Alabama

308

+20

 

INDIVIDUAL TOP-10

1

Jordan Blann

Kentucky

67

-5

T2

Billy Horschel

FLORIDA

68

-4

T2

Mark Silvers, III

South Carolina

68

-4

T4

David Lingmerth

Arkansas

70

-2

T4

Will Roebuck

Ole Miss

70

-2

T4

Harris English

Georgia

70

-2

T4

Brian Harman

Georgia

71

-1

T8

Noah Goldman

Mississippi State

71

-1

T8

Toby Ragland

FLORIDA

71

-1

T8

John Peterson

LSU

71

-1

T8

Carlos Sainz, Jr.

Mississippi State

71

-1

T8

Russell Henley

Georgia

71

-1

T8

Hudson Swafford

Georgia

71

-1

 

FLORIDA RESULTS

T2

Billy Horschel

68

-4

T8

Toby Ragland

71

-1

T32

Tyson Alexander

76

+4

T40

Tim McKenney

77

+5

T40

Will Strickler

77

+5

 

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