Wednesday May 27, 2009Men's Golf Improves in Rainy Second Round
Due to poor weather conditions, the second round of the 2009 NCAA Golf Championships could not be completed on Wednesday as scheduled. Florida had an early tee time today and finished their round with a score of three-over par 287, an impressive 23 strokes better than their first round score.
The final afternoon groupings are expected to finish nine holes on Wednesday and complete the second round on Thursday morning. The third round will be played on Thursday after the second round has concluded.
“We obviously played much better today,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “The weather wasn’t cooperating at all and we had to wait out a long delay but we came close to turning in a very good score.”
Senior Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) returned to form a day after shooting six-over par 77. Horschel finished with four straight birdies and carded a three-under 68 on Wednesday. He has a 54-hole total of 144 (+2).
Also making major improvements after day one were junior Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and senior Will Strickler (Charlottesville, Va.). McKenney improved by eight strokes and Strickler improved by seven shots as both players finished with one-over par scores of 72 in the second round. Strickler has a two-day total of nine-over par 151 while McKenney is just one shot behind with a 152 (+10).
Junior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) completed the scoring for the Gators with a four-over par 75. Alexander scattered five birdies throughout his round and has a total of 152 (+10) for the tournament.
Senior Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) shot nine-over par 80 on day two and has a total of 158 (+16) heading into the final round of stroke play.
“We had another typical start with some early bogeys,” said Coach Alexander. “We righted the ship in the middle of the round but didn’t play too well on the back nine, with the exception of Billy who had four straight birdies.”
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