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Senior Tyson Alexander

Tuesday April 6, 2010Alexander Finishes First, Gators Finish Second at BancorpSouth Intercollegiate

Madison, Miss.

Senior Tyson Alexander

 

Senior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) earned the first individual title of his career as he claimed the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate crown and led the UF men’s golf team to a second place finish on Tuesday at the Reunion Golf and Country Club.

 

“I’m proud of Tyson and Tim (McKenney),” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “They really ran away from the rest of the field. For Tyson to get his first college victory in what is basically his final tournament of the regular season was great to see.”

 

Alexander entered the final round one stroke away from the lead, held by fellow UF senior Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.). After carding a career-low 64 in his first round and a one-under 71 in his second, Alexander was able to finish strong, carding a 70 (-2) on the final day. He entered the turn at two-under after carding a birdie on hole four and responded to a bogey on seven with two-straight birdies. After making three-consecutive pars, he made a birdie on 13 and a bogey on 14 before closing out his final round with four pars in a row. Alexander finished the tournament with a season-low 205 (63-71-70, -10), just one stroke shy of his career-low tournament score of 204 (2008 SunTrust Gator Invitational).

 

The Gators led after day one and were ahead of the pack for the majority of the day, but fell just one stroke shy of UNF, who claimed the team title. Florida finished with a team score of 847 (-17) after carding a one-under par 286 in Tuesday’s final round. UNF carded a team score of 846 (286-282-278, -18) as four of their five golfers finished in the top 10.

 

“Its always disappointing to lose and to lose by one shot is even tougher to take,” Alexander said. “I have to tip my hat to North Florida, who played a great round today. They came and got us more than we gave it to them, which is something positive. It was a positive week for us in light of the fact that we struggled in our last couple tournaments. The quality of golf we played was far better than it has been so hopefully that will give us a boost heading into the SEC Championship.”

 

McKenney continued his strong play in Tuesday’s final round, as he carded an even-par 72. The senior shot a career-low 63 (-9) in his first round and a one-under 71 in his second. He finished with the lowest tournament score of his career, a 206 (-10). McKenney was one-over par going into the back nine after making a birdie on four and bogeys on seven and eight. He followed with a birdie on 10 and went on to card eight-straight pars to finish his final round.

 

Junior Bank Vongvanij (Bradenton, Fla.) finished third among teammates and tied for 17th overall with a final score of 217 (72-72-73, +1). Vongvanij made bogeys on holes three and five before closing out his first nine holes with a birdie to enter the turn at one-over. A bogey on 14 and birdie on 16 put him at 73 (+1) on the day.

 

Phillip Choi (Orlando, Fla.) had a strong start on Tuesday, making three straight-birdies on holes two, three and four. He followed with a bogey on five and eight before making a birdie on nine. Two bogeys and a birdie in his back nine gave Choi his best score of the tournament, a one-under 71. The freshman finished with a 54-hole score of 220 (73-76-71, +4) to finish in a tie for 28th. Fellow newcomer Tommy Mou (Bradenton, Fla.) finished in a tie for 62nd with a 228 (75-75-78, +12).

 

The Gators will travel to Sea Island, Ga. for the 2010 SEC Championship next. The tournament is April 16-18 and live scoring is available at ww.golfstat.com.

 

Team Results After Round 3

Place

Team

Score

1

North Florida

286-282-278=846 (-18)

2

FLORIDA

272-289-286=847 (-17)

3

Ole Miss

281-285-295=861 (-3)

4

Memphis

293-287-292=872 (+8)

T5

Louisiana Tech

286-289-299=874 (+10)

T5

Southern Miss

287-293-294=874 (+10)

T7

South Alabama

300-290-286=876 (+12)

T7

UCF

292-292-292=876 (+12)

9

Vanderbilt

291-294-293=878 (+14)

10

Rice

298-288-293=879 (+15)

11

Santa Clara

290-303-290=883 (+19)

12

Southeastern Louisiana

299-297-290=886 (+22)

13

UAB

295-291-305=891 (+27)

14

Mississippi State

299-299-308=906 (+42)

15

Jackson State

311-306-322=939 (+75)

 

Individual Results After Round 3

Place

Team

Score

1

Tyson Alexander (Florida)

63-71-70=205 (-11)

2

Tim McKenney (Florida)

64-71-72=206 (-10)

3

Scott Travers (Santa Clara)

69-73-68=210 (-6)

T4

J.C. Horne (UNF)

69-73-69=211 (-5)

T4

Jordan Gibb (UNF)

71-69-71=211 (-5)

6

Sean Dale (UNF)

75-68-69=212 (-4)

T7

Pete Kellerman (Ole Miss)

68-71-74=213 (-3)

T7

John Darby (UAB)

73-71-69=213 (-3)

9

Kevin Phelan (UNF)

71-72-71=214 (-2)

T10

Christopher Brown (Rice)

70-70-75=215 (-1)

T10

Paul Apyan (Southern Miss)

68-76-71=215 (-1)

 

Florida Results After Round 3

Place

Team

Score

1

Tyson Alexander

64-71-70=205 (-11)

2

Tim McKenney

63-71-72=206 (-10)

T17

Bank Vongvanij

72-72-73=217 (+1)

T28

Phillip Choi

73-76-71=220 (+4)

T62

Tommy Mou

75-75-78=228 (+12)

 

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