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Tuesday June 1, 2010Men's Golf Tied For Seventh At NCAA Championship

Ooltewah, Tenn.

 

The University of Florida men’s golf teed off at the NCAA Championship on Tuesday with a team score of 287 (-1). The Gators were near the top of the leaderboard all afternoon and ended the day in a tie for seventh, just four strokes shy of first place.

 

“We got off to pretty solid start in that we were one under and four strokes back,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “But we got sloppy in the final holes today. I don’t mind sloppy when it comes to execution and losing a shot or two but we made some bad decisions at the end of the round with club selection. It’s too bad because otherwise it could’ve been a good day for us. Every shot is vital and it’s going to be close down the stretch.”

 

The team was led by freshman Phillip Choi (Orlando, Fla.), making his NCAA Championship debut. Choi, who teed off from the No. 5 position in the lineup, carded a three-under 69 on day one to tie for third. Choi began his round with a birdie before making a bogey and birdie on his third and fourth. Two more birdies put him at three-under entering the turn and a bogey and birdie on his back nine kept him there to finish the day.

 

Seniors Tim McKenney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is currently tied for 36th after carding an even-par 72 on Tuesday. He carded two birdies and two bogeys on the day.

 

Senior Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.), redshirt junior Andres Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia) and junior Bank Vongvanij (Bradenton, Fla.) all tied for 52nd place with a first-round score of 73 (+1).

 

Oklahoma State and Florida State are currently tied for first place after both teams carded a 283 (-5) on Tuesday. Jesper Kennegard of Arizona State and Henrik Norlander of Augusta State are tied for the lead individually with first-round scores of 68 (-4).

 

The Gators will tee off in the same pairings, alongside Georgia Tech and UNLV, for Wednesday’s second round, except they will play in the morning session, with tee times beginning at 8:35 a.m. ET. Visit www.GatorZone.com or www.golfstat.com for live scoring and updated results.

 

Team Results After Round 1

Place

Team

Score

T1

Oklahoma State

283 (-5)

T1

Florida State

283 (-5)

3

Oregon

284 (-4)

4

Texas A&M

285 (-3)

T5

Arizona State

286 (-2)

T5

Clemson

286 (-2)

T7

FLORIDA

287 (-1)

T7

Augusta State

287 (-1)

9

Washington

289 (+1)

T10

Georgia Tech

290 (+2)

T10

Texas

290 (+2)

T12

Kent State

292 (+4)

T12

Stanford

292 (+4)

T12

UNF

292 (+4)

15

California

293 (+5)

T16

UNLV

294 (+6)

T16

Baylor

294 (+6)

T16

San Diego

294 (+6)

T16

UCLA

294 (+6)

T20

Southern Cal

295 (+7)

T20

Oregon State

295 (+7)

22

Duke

296 (+8)

T23

Georgia Southern

297 (+9)

T23

Tennessee

297 (+9)

25

Virginia

300 (+12)

26

Penn State

301 (+13)

T27

TCU

302 (+14)

T27

Texas Tech

302 (+14)

29

LSU

303 (+15)

30

Illinois

304 (+16)

 

Individual Results After Round 1

Place

Team

Score

T1

Jesper Kennegard (Arizona State)

68 (-4)

T1

Henrik Norlander (Augusta State)

68 (-4)

T3

Phillip Choi (Florida)

69 (-3)

T3

Alex Ching (San Diego)

69 (-3)

T3

Luke Hopkins (Clemson)

69 (-3)

T3

Seath Lauer (Florida State)

69 (-3)

T3

Lance Lopez (Texas)

69 (-3)

T3

Ryan O’Rear (Baylor)

69 (-3)

T3

Wes Roach (Duke)

69 (-3)

T3

Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State)

69 (-3)

T3

Pontus Widegren (UCLA)

69 (-3)

T3

Eugene Wong (Oregon)

69 (-3)

 

Florida Results After Round 1

Place

Team

Score

T3

Phillip Choi

69 (-3)

T36

Tim McKenney

72 (E)

T52

Tyson Alexander

73 (+1)

T52

Bank Vongvanij

73 (+1)

T52

Andres Echavarria

73 (+1)

           

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