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Thursday May 14, 2009Men's Golf in Third at NCAA Southwest Regional

Austin, Texas

The No. 8 University of Florida men’s golf team wrapped up day one of the NCAA Southwest Regional in third place, shooting nine-over par 293, at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin. Seniors Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) and Will Strickler (Charlottesville, Va.) led the team with one-over par rounds of 72.

 

“This was another typical day for us,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “We got off to a bad start and then we battled back. I’m proud of the way our guys have fought all year and this was just another example of them sticking in there.”

 

The Texas Tech Red Raiders jumped out to a two-under par score of 282, having a pair of players shoot under par. Texas’ Lance Lopez, playing on his home course, shot three-under par 68 and is tied with Lamar’s Hugues Joannes on top of the individual leader board.

 

Strickler opened with a birdie on the first hole, but made three bogeys and was two-over through eight holes. After carding three birdies in his next five holes, he was at one-under par for the round. Back-to-back bogeys on holes 15 and 16 put him at one-over for the day. Horschel mixed three birdies with two bogeys and a double-bogey for his round. Both golfers are tied for ninth.

 

Senior Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) struggled through his first nine holes, making the turn at four-over par, but made birdies on No. 11 and 14. A bogey on the 18th put him at three-over 74 for the day, tied for 18th. Junior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) rounded out the scoring with a four-over 75. He made par on his last eight holes and is tied for 24th heading into the second round. Junior Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) shot five-over 76 and is tied for 31st.

 

“We came into the tournament wanting to put ourselves in a position to win,” said Coach Alexander. “If we actually get off to a good start, we could have some really good things happen.”

 

The Gators will tee off on Friday at 9:40 a.m. central time. Live hole-by-hole scoring will be available online at www.golfstat.com. At the conclusion of the day’s round, results will be posted online at www.gatorzone.com.

 

 

TEAM RESULTS

Place

Team

Round 1

To Par

1

Texas Tech

282

-2

2

Texas

291

+7

3

FLORIDA

293

+9

4

Stanford

294

+10

T5

UNLV

296

+12

T5

Lamar

296

+12

7

Michigan

301

+17

8

Virginia Tech

302

+18

9

Mississippi St.

305

+21

10

California

306

+22

11

Texas-Arlington

308

+24

12

New Mexico St.

309

+25

13

Jackson St.

335

+51

 

 

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

T1

Hugues Joannes

Lamar

68

-3

T1

Lance Lopez

Texas

68

-3

T3

Nils Floren

Texas Tech

70

-1

T3

Brian Scherer

Texas Tech

70

-1

T3

Steve Ziegler

Stanford

70

-1

T6

Zack Fischer

Texas-Arlington

71

E

T6

Garrett Merrell

Texas Tech

71

E

T6

Chris Ward

Texas Tech

71

E

T9

Billy Horschel

Florida

72

+1

T9

Bobby Hudson

Texas

72

+1

T9

Eddie Olson

UNLV

72

+1

T9

Travis Reid

New Mexico St.

72

+1

T9

Will Strickler

Florida

72

+1

T9

Drew Weaver

Virginia Tech

72

+1

 

 

FLORIDA RESULTS

T9  

Will Strickler

72

+1

T9  

Billy Horschel

72

+1

T18  

Toby Ragland

74

+3

T24  

Tyson Alexander

75

+4

T31  

Tim McKenney

76

+5

 

 

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