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Saturday September 19, 2009Kieffer Tied for First, M. Golf Tied for 8th After Day Two of Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitat

Olympia Fields, Ill.

 

Currently tied for first place, sophomore Max Kieffer (Dusseldorf, Germany) led the University of Florida men’s golf team at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational with a 36-hole score of 139 (-1) after Saturday’s second round.

 

The Gators improved their team score by one stroke, carding a 293 (+13), but fell a spot on the leaderboard, heading into Sunday’s final round in a tie for eighth place.

 

“The bad news is that we lost a shot or two and moved down one spot but the good news is that we are still very much in this tournament,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “We are just one good round away from possibly winning this tournament or at least putting up a good finish so we just need to go out tomorrow and put up solid scores. Obviously, Max is playing great and is tied for the lead. We just need to get a couple back and hopefully make this a good weekend.”

 

Kieffer, who shot a one-under 69 on Saturday, entered the turn at two-over after tallying four bogey and two birdies, but finished his round strong by making a birdie on three of his in his final five holes, including the 17th and 18th.

 

Redshirt junior Andres Echavarria (Medellin, Columbia) finished second among Gators, carding a one-over 71 on Saturday for a 36-hole score of 145 (+5). Echavarria, who is currently tied for 16th, was shot one-under par on the back nine to bring his score back within one of par.

 

Senior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) lost two strokes from his previous round, carding a 76 (+6) for a total score of 10-over 150, good for a tie for 38th. Alexander tallied two birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey on the afternoon.

 

Junior Bank Vongvanij (Bradenton, Fla.) and senior Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had identical rounds, both carding a seven-over 77 on Saturday. McKenney finds himself one stroke ahead of Vongvanij after carding a 76 on the first day. McKenney is currently tied for 53rd with a 153 (+13), while Vongvanij’s two-round score of 154 (+14) places him in a tie for 55th.

 

Live scoring and official results for the Gators’ third and final round at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational are available at www.GatorZone.com or www.golfstat.com.

 

Team Scores After Round 2

Place

School

Score

1

Arizona State

293-284=577 (+17)

2

Texas

292-290=582 (+22)

T3

Stanford

295-288=583 (+23)

T3

Oklahoma State

295-288=583 (+23)

5

Southern California

295-290=585 (+25)

T6

Florida State

288-298=586 (+26)

T6

Georgia

294-292=586 (+26)

T8

Illinois

293-294=587 (+27)

T8

FLORIDA

294-293=587 (+27)

10

San Diego State

293-303=596 (+36)

11

Augusta State

298-299=597 (+37)

12

Northwestern

286-314=600 (+40)

13

Indiana

302-299=601 (+41)

14

Wake Forest

300-306=606 (+46)

15

Purdue

302-311=613 (+53)

 

   Individual Top 10 Through Round 2

Place

Player (School)

Score

T1

Max Kieffer (Florida)

70-69=139 (-1)

T1

Seath Lauer (Florida State)

68-71=139 (-1)

T3

Brian Carter (Georgia)

70-70=140 (E)

T3

Tristan Bierenbroodspot (Ariz. State)

71-69=140 (E)

T5

Harris English (Georgia)

71-70=141 (+1)

T5

Matthew Giles (Southern California)

74-67=141 (+1)

T7

David Chung (Stanford)

71-71=142 (+2)

T7

Scott Langley (Illinois)

70-72=142 (+2)

T7

Trent Whitekiller (Oklahoma State)

71-71=142 (+2)

T10

2 players

143 (+3)

 

  Florida Results After Round 2

Place

Player

Score

T1

Max Kieffer

70-69=139 (-1)

T16

Andres Echavarria

74-71=145 (+5)

T38

Tyson Alexander

74-76=150 (+10)

T53

Tim McKenney

76-77=153 (+13)

T55

Bank Vongvanij

77-77=154 (+14)

 

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