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Saturday April 18, 2009Men's Golf in Third, Horschel in First at SEC Championship

Sea Island, Ga.

Senior All-American Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) lit up the course again, shooting five-under par 67, and the University of Florida men’s golf team sits in third place at the 2009 SEC Championship. Horschel is on top of the leader board, two shots ahead, at nine-under par 135 going into the final round at Frederica Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.

 

The Gators shot three-under par 285 and have a two-round total of 577 (+1). Georgia had another good round, shooting seven-under 281 to total 563 (-13) after two rounds. Arkansas is in second at three-under par 573 after 36 holes.

 

Horschel was on fire Saturday, making four birdies and no bogeys on the front nine and making the turn with a 32. He made three more birdies on the back nine, and finished with a 67 (-5). Horschel’s 36-hole score of 135 (-9) is the best opening two rounds in recent history for a UF golfer at the SEC Championship.

 

“Today was a lot like yesterday,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “We got off to a poor start, but Billy played really well again. We shot a little better today as a team, but we still have one guy playing up a storm and we’re riding him.”

 

Senior Will Strickler (Charlottesville, Va.) battled back after a tough first round, shooting one-under 71 on Saturday. He bogeyed two of his first three holes, but played the remainder of his round at three-under. Strickler is tied for 24th with a two-day total of 148 (+4).

 

After a solid round on Friday, senior Toby Ragland (Jacksonville , Fla.) struggled on Saturday, finishing with a 76 (+4). He is tied for 21st at three-over 147 going into the final round.

 

Juniors Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) and Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) shot 73 (+1) and 74 (+2), respectively. Alexander was at three-over par at one point in his round, but birdied two of his final four holes and is tied for 34th at 149 (+5). McKenney is tied for 42nd at seven-over par 151.

 

“We’re in tough spot to catch Georgia,” said Coach Alexander. “It might take a historic day to pass them, but we’ll go out and try to play well and hope for the best.”

 

The final round will be played on Sunday, with the Gators teeing off at 8:50. Live scoring will be available online at www.golfstat.com.

 

 

TEAM RESULTS

 

Team

Rounds

Total

To Par

1

2

1

Georgia

282

281

563

-13

2

Arkansas

290

283

573

-3

3

FLORIDA

292

285

577

+1

4

South Carolina

293

286

579

+3

5

Kentucky

297

285

582

+6

6

Mississippi St.

293

290

583

+7

7

Vanderbilt

292

293

585

+9

8

Ole Miss

296

290

586

+10

9

Alabama

308

284

592

+16

10

LSU

301

294

595

+19

11

Tennessee

305

292

597

+21

12

Auburn

301

300

601

+25

 

INDIVIDUAL TOP-10

 

Player

Team

Rounds

Total

To Par

1

2

1

Horschel, Billy

Florida

68

67

135

-9

2

Blann, Jordan

Kentucky

67

70

137

-7

T3

Sainz Jr., Carlos

Mississippi St.

71

68

139

-5

T3

Lingmerth, David

Arkansas

70

69

139

-5

5

Swafford, Hudson

Georgia

71

69

140

-4

T6

Silvers III, Mark

South Carolina

68

73

141

-3

T6

Mitchell, Adam

Georgia

72

69

141

-3

T8

Henley, Russell

Georgia

71

71

142

-2

T8

Harman, Brian

Georgia

70

72

142

-2

T8

Peterson, John

LSU

71

71

142

-2

 

FLORIDA RESULTS

1

Billy Horschel

68

67

135

-9

T21

Toby Ragland

71

76

147

+3

T24

Will Strickler

77

71

148

+4

T34

Tyson Alexander

76

73

149

+5

T42

Tim McKenney

77

74

151

+7

 

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