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Thursday May 28, 2009Men's Golf Ends Season at NCAA Championship

Toledo, Ohio

The University of Florida mens golf team ended their season on Thursday with a third round score of eight-over par 292 at the NCAA Championships. The Gators finished the stroke play portion of the tournament in 19th place and did not advance to the match play portion of the event. UF had a three-round total of 889 (+37).


We gave chase for a while today, said head coach Buddy Alexander. We played pretty well for about 12 holes. We started on the easy nine and needed to have a great start and we did, then the wheels kind of came off at the end of the day when we got to the really hard stretch of holes. We ran into a wall at the end of the round, and it was an unfortunate way to end the season.


Three seniors ended their career at Florida on Thursday. Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) ended his collegiate career with a three-day total of 217 (+4) after a final round 73 (+2), tying for 27th place. Will Strickler (Charlottesville, Va.) shot a third-round 75 (+4) and finished at 13-over par 226. Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) had his best round of the week with a three-over score of 74. He totaled 232 (+19) for the tournament. Strickler tied for 96th and Ragland finished in a tie for 136th.


It was obviously not the season ending performance that we wanted, said Coach Alexander. I'm proud of these guys, especially the three seniors in this group that we'll miss. It was a lot of fun to have them. They're great kids, and Ill hurt for them and I just wish we'd have had a little more success for them, because they've worked hard.


A pair of juniors rounded out the scoring for UF, as Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) had the teams best round of the day with a one-over par 72. Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) shot two-over par 73. Alexander totaled 224 (+11) for the tournament and tied for 79th while McKenney was just one shot behind at 225 (+12), in a tie for 89th.


The top eight teams in the standings were finalized on Thursday and the quarterfinals of match play are set for Friday. Oklahoma State earned the No. 1 seed by virtue of its three-under par 849 (288-280-281) and will face No. 8 seed Georgia in the first pairing. The other quarterfinal pairings will be No. 4 Arkansas vs. No. 5 Washington, No. 2 Arizona State vs. No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 3 Southern Cal vs. No. 6 Michigan.


The match-play format is new this year with previous winners being determined by 72 holes of stroke play. The first team to win three of five matches will advance to the semifinals. The semifinals are slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. with the championship being held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.


North Carolina State sophomore Matt Hill captured medalist honors with a six-under par 207 and carded two-under par 69s in each of his three rounds. It was his eighth tournament title of the year.



Team Results

1. Oklahoma State 288-280-281=849 (-3)

2. Arizona State 294-281-287=862 (+10)

T3. Southern Cal 305-281-279=865 (+13)

T3. Arkansas 297-283-285=865 (+13)

T3. Washington 293-286-286=865 (+13)

6. Michigan 296-285-287=868 (+16)

T7. Texas A&M 298-276-295=869 (+17)

T7. Georgia 288-285-296=869 (+17)

9. TCU 299-285-289=873 (+21)

T10. Georgia Tech 301-285-288=874 (+22)

T10. UCF 300-283-291=874 (+22)

12. Tennessee 294-289-292=875 (+23)

13. San Diego 293-293-291=877 (+25)

14. Duke 297-285-296=878 (+26)

15. Alabama 298-288-293=879 (+27)

16. South Carolina 305-286-294=885 (+33)

17. Iowa 301-296-290=887 (+35)

18. Chattanooga 292-297-299=888 (+36)

19. Florida 310-287-293=890 (+38)

20. Stanford 305-298-288=891 (+39)

21. Illinois 299-291-302=892 (+40)

22. Oregon 306-293-297=896 (+44)

T23. Texas Tech 303-292-305=900 (+48)

T23. UCLA 306-295-299=900 (+48)

25. Ohio State 294-310-297=901 (+49)

26. Texas 308-300-295=903 (+51)

T27. Wake Forest 302-304-298=904 (+52)

T27. Virginia 306-297-301=904 (+52)

29. Northwestern 298-304-306=908 (+56)

30. Arizona 310-302-297=909 (+57)


Top 10 Individuals

1. Matt Hill (N.C. State) 69-69-69=207 (-6)

2. Kyle Stanley (Clemson) 72-71-66=209 (-4)

T3. Rickie Fowler (Okla. State) 72-70-68=210 (-3)

T3. Tom Glissmeyer 74-70-66=210 (-3)

T3. Tom Hoge (TCU) 70-70-70=210 (-3)

6. Alexander Sitompul (Michigan) 72-69-70=211 (-2)

T7. Blayne Barber (UCF) 75-69-68=212 (-1)

T7. Morgan Hoffman (Okla. State) 72-69-71=212 (-1)

T9. Brian Harman (Georgia) 71-71-71=213 (E)

T9. Russell Henley (Georgia) 71-67-75=213 (E)

T9. Jesper Kennegard (Ariz. State) 72-69-72=213 (E)

T9. Nick Taylor (Washington) 70-70-73=213 (E)


Florida Results

T27. Billy Horschel 76-68-73=217 (+4)

T79. Tyson Alexander 77-75-72=224 (+11)

T89. Tim McKenney 80-72-73=225 (+12)

T96. Will Strickler 79-72-75=226 (+13)

T136. Toby Ragland 78-80-74=232 (+19)




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