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Redshirt junior Andres Echavarria

Friday April 16, 2010Men's Golf Tied for Second after First Round of SEC Championship

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Redshirt junior Andres Echavarria

 

Redshirt junior Andres Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia) carded a one-under 69 on Friday as the University of Florida men’s golf team opened the 2010 SEC Championship in a tie for second place.

 

The Gators carded a team score of 280 (E) and are tied with Auburn. The teams are just two strokes away from Arkansas, who currently leads the field with a 278 (-2).

 

“We had a nice start today,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “We got some good play out of Andres which was nice to see. But overall, everyone was solid today. We’re in a good spot and we’ll play with Auburn and Arkansas tomorrow. This is still a wide open affair. When you have as many teams as we do in the conference that are fairly even in talent, I wouldn’t expect a lot of separation. If the conditions continue, I think we’ll see a real close contest this weekend.”

 

Echavarria’s first round score of 69 (-1) put him in a 10-way tie for fourth place. He began his round making bogeys on two of his first three holes. A birdie on four and eight and another bogey on nine put him at one-over entering the turn. In contrast to the start of his round, Echavarria made birdies on two of his first three holes on the back nine and concluded his first 18 holes of play by tallying six-straight pars.

 

Senior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) and junior Bank Vongvanij (Bradenton, Fla.) carded identical first round scores of even-par 70 to tie for 14th place. Alexander and Vongvanij each carded two bogeys and two birdies in their rounds. Vongvanij’s bogeys came in his first four holes to enter the turn at two-over. He responded by making a birdie on 10 and 16 to finish even.

 

Making his first appearance in the post-season, freshman Phillip Choi (Orlando, Fla.) opened with a one-over 71 to tie for 26th. Senior Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is in a tie for 48th following a round of 75 (+5).

 

The Gators return to action on Saturday for the second round. The squad will tee off beginning at 8:50 a.m. ET. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com or www.GatorZone.com.

 

Team Results After Round 1

Place

Team

Score

1

Arkansas

278 (-2)

T2

Auburn

280 (E)

T2

FLORIDA

280 (E)

T4

South Carolina

282 (+2)

T4

Mississippi State

282 (+2)

T6

Georgia

283 (+3)

T6

Tennessee

283 (+3)

T6

LSU

283 (+3)

9

Vanderbilt

284 (+4)

10

Ole Miss

288 (+8)

11

Kentucky

296 (+16)

12

Alabama

297 (+17)

 

Individual Results After Round 1

Place

Name

Score

T1

Bryden Macpherson (Georgia)

67 (-3)

T1

Dalton Owens (Arkansas)

67 (-3)

3

Trey DelGreco (Vanderbilt)

68 (-2)

T4

Andres Echavarria (Florida)

69 (-1)

T4

Wesley Bryan (South Carolina)

69 (-1)

T4

Austin Cook (Arkansas)

69 (-1)

T4

Hunter Hamrick (Alabama)

69 (-1)

T4

Lee Heaton (Mississippi State)

69 (-1)

T4

Will McCurdy (Auburn)

69 (-1)

T4

Cole Moreland (Auburn)

69 (-1)

T4

Robin Wingardh (Tennessee)

69 (-1)

T4

Jonathan Randolph (Ole Miss)

69 (-1)

T4

Billy Brozovich (Ole Miss)

69 (-1)

 

 

Florida Results After Round 1

Place

Name

Score

T4

Andres Echavarria

69 (-1)

T14

Tyson Alexander

70 (E)

T14

Bank Vongvanij

70 (E)

T26

Phillip Choi

71 (+1)

T48

Tim McKenney

75 (+5)

 

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