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Thursday May 20, 2010M. Golf Opens NCAA Central Regional in Second Place

South Bend, Ind.

 

The second-seeded University of Florida men’s golf team opened the first round of the NCAA Central Regional in second place after carding a team score of 279 (-1). The Gators trail top-seeded Stanford by two strokes.

 

Junior Bank Vongvanij (Bradenton, Fla.) led the squad through day one and finished in a tie for sixth. After making 16-straight pars, Vongvanij finished his round on a strong note with back-to-back birdies to finish with a two-under 68.

 

“We played solid today in spite of a shaky start,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “The team really turned things around on four and five. Bank was terrific today and it was a great round for him. We are playing with the No. 1 seed in Stanford, who is also leading after today. Our goal is to win this tournament. In addition to obviously qualifying for the next event, we want to win this. I think we’re in a pretty good spot and we just need to continue to go out and put up solid rounds.”

 

Making his NCAA post-season debut, freshman Phillip Choi (Orlando, Fla.) carded a one-under 69 and is tied for eighth. Choi began his first round with a bogey on his first hole, but carded two birdies and a bogey to enter the turn at even par. He sandwiched a bogey in between two birdies on holes 15, 16 and 17 before concluding his round with a par.

 

Senior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.) carded an even-par 70 on Thursday to finish the afternoon in a tie for 13th. Alexander carded three bogeys and three pars. Fellow senior Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is currently tied for 29th after carding a two-over 72 on day one. McKenney collected three bogeys and one birdie in his first round.

 

Redshirt junior Andres Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia) struggled to start his first round and entered the turn at five-over. Echavarria carded a triple bogey on his second hole, followed by a bogey on three. After making a birdie on No. 4, he carded three-straight bogeys on 8, 9 and ten. He rallied back to make six pars and two birdies in his final eight holes to finish at four-over (74). He is tied for 47th.

 

Florida will tee off alongside first place Stanford and fourth place FSU for the second-consecutive day. Tee times will begin at 9:10 a.m. Live scoring is available at www.GatorZone.com or www.golfstat.com.

 

Team Scores After Round 1

Place

Team

Score

1

Stanford

277 (-3)

2

FLORIDA

279 (-1)

3

LSU

280 (E)

4

FSU

283 (+3)

T5

Virginia Tech

284 (+4)

T5

Northwestern

284 (+4)

T7

Indiana

285 (+5)

T7

Michigan

285 (+5)

9

Iowa

288 (+8)

10

N.C. State

289 (+9)

11

Duke

292 (+12)

T12

Murray State

297 (+17)

T12

Detroit Mercy

297 (+17)

14

St. Francis-Pennsylvania

319 (+39)

 

Individual Scores After Round 1

Place

Team

Score

1

Alexander Sitompul (Michigan)

66 (-4)

T2

David Chung (Stanford)

67 (-3)

T2

Wesley Graham (FSU)

67 (-3)

T2

John Peterson (LSU)

67 (-3)

T2

Josh Dupont (Northwestern)

67 (-3)

T6

Bank Vongvanij (Florida)

68 (-2)

T6

Chase Wright (Indiana)

68 (-2)

T8

Phillip Choi (Florida)

69 (-1)

T8

David Erdy (Indiana)

69 (-1)

T8

Matt Hill (N.C. State)

69 (-1)

T8

Sihwan Kim (Stanford)

69 (-1)

T8

Drew Kittleson (FSU)

69 (-1)

 

Florida Scores After Round 1

Place

Team

Score

T6

Bank Vongvanij

68 (-2)

T8

Phillip Choi

69 (-1)

T13

Tyson Alexander

70 (E)

T29

Tim McKenney

72 (+2)

T47

Andres Echavarria

74 (+4)

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