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SEC Champion Billy Horschel with SEC Assoc. Commissioner Mark Whitworth.

Sunday April 19, 2009Horschel Wins SEC Championship, UF Finishes Third

Sea Island, Ga.

SEC Champion Billy Horschel with SEC Assoc. Commissioner Mark Whitworth.

After shooting a final-round 71 (-1) on Sunday, senior Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) took home the 2009 SEC Championship Individual Medal, with a three-day total of 206 (-10). Horschel led the UF men’s golf team to a third place finish at Frederica Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.

 

Horschel carried the team all weekend, playing all three rounds under par and beating Mississippi State’s Carlos Sainz by two shots. Horschel got off to a blistering start in the first two rounds, shooting 68 (-4) on Friday and 67 (-5) on Saturday. His final round 71 (-1) was good enough to hold on for the win. It was Horschel’s third-lowest tournament score in relation to par in his collegiate career, and his first win since he shared the medalist honors at the 2007 NCAA East Regional.

 

“I'm elated for Billy,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “He played beautifully all week. He's a senior and he's worked extremely hard and he wanted a ring. Now he's going to get one as an individual.”

 

Florida shot even-par 288 on Sunday and totaled 865 (+1) for the tournament. Georgia ran away from the field, shooting under par as a team in each round and finishing at 15-under 849. The Gators were in second for a good portion of the final round, but Arkansas fought back and took second place at two-under 862.

 

Junior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) enjoyed his best round of the tournament on Sunday, opening with four birdies in his first seven holes. He dropped a few strokes but sank two more birdies and carded a final round 70 (-2). He moved up 17 spots on the leader board to finish in a tie for 17th at three-over 219.

 

“We got off to a much better start today,” said Coach Alexander. “Tyson put us in position to catch Arkansas, but we couldn't quite get it done. We knew coming into the tournament that Georgia was the team to beat.”

 

Senior Will Strickler (Charlottesville, Va.) had a solid round for the second straight day and shot even-par 72. He finished in a tie for 21st at four-over 220 for the tournament. Fellow senior Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) got off to a good start with a one-under par round on Friday, but a 76 (+4) on Saturday and a 75 (+3) on Sunday put him in a tie for 31st at six-over 222.

 

Rounding out the lineup was junior Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who came in at four-over 76 in the third round. His 54-hole total of 227 (+11) put him in a tie for 43rd.

 

“I thought the team had a decent showing this week,” said Coach Alexander. “I was proud of the way the way they battled hard, but we’ve still got a few things to work on before the NCAA Regionals.”

 

Florida will now wait to find out its destination for the NCAA Regionals, to be held May 14-16. After a change by the NCAA, there are six possible sites the Gators could travel to: Galloway, N.J. (host Columbia), Austin, Texas (host Texas), Daly City, Calif. (host San Francisco), Sorrento, Florida (host UCF), Bowling Green, Kent. (host Western Kentucky) or Stillwater, Okla. (host Oklahoma St.). The 2009 NCAA Championship will be held at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio May 26-30.

 

 

TEAM RESULTS

 

School

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Rd. 3

Total

To Par

1

Georgia

282

281

286

849

-15

2

Arkansas

290

283

289

862

-2

3

FLORIDA

292

285

288

865

+1

T4

LSU

301

294

277

872

+8

T4

South Carolina

293

286

293

872

+8

6

Alabama

308

284

281

873

+9

7

Kentucky

297

285

294

876

+12

8

Ole Miss

296

290

292

878

+14

9

Mississippi St.

293

290

301

884

+20

10

Vanderbilt

292

293

301

886

+22

11

Tennessee

305

292

291

888

+24

12

Auburn

301

300

302

903

+39

 

INDIVIDUAL TOP-10

 

Player

School

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Rd. 3

Total

To Par

1

Billy Horschel

Florida

68

67

71

206

-10

2

Carlos Sainz

Mississippi St.

71

68

69

208

-8

3

John Peterson

LSU

71

71

68

210

-6

4

Brian Harman

Georgia

70

72

69

211

-5

T5

Bud Cauley

Alabama

73

70

69

212

-4

T5

Harris English

Georgia

70

74

68

212

-4

T5

David Lingmerth

Arkansas

70

69

73

212

-4

8

Jordan Blann

Kentucky

67

70

76

213

-3

9

Andrew Landry

Arkansas

73

71

70

214

-2

T10

Wesley Bryan

South Carolina

75

69

71

215

-1

T10

Adam Mitchell

Georgia

72

69

74

215

-1

 

FLORIDA RESULTS

1

Billy Horschel

68

67

71

206

-10

T17

Tyson Alexander

76

73

70

219

+3

T21

Will Strickler

77

71

72

220

+4

T31

Toby Ragland

71

76

75

222

+6

T43

Tim McKenney

77

74

76

227

+11

 

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