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Sunday February 13, 2011Florida Men's Golf Wins Eighth-Straight SunTrust Invitational

Gainesville, Fla.

Redshirt senior Andres Echavarria (Meddelin Colombia) led the Florida men’s golf team to its eighth-consecutive first-place finish on Sunday at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. The Gators have won 25 of the 34 years the tournament has been in existence and have now finished in the top three in every tournament so far in the 2010-11 season.

Florida won the tournament with a final score of 844 (four over par), nine strokes ahead of Auburn in second place and 18 strokes ahead of LSU in third place. 

At the end of the third round, Florida’s Bank Vongvanij (Bradenton, Fla.), Echavarria and Phillip Choi (Orlando, Fla.) and Florida State’s Drew Kittleson all finished with a 210, which forced the tournament into a playoff.

After the first three holes, Choi and Vongvanij made bogeys and fell out of the competition, leaving Echavarria and Kittleson to dual it out. Kittleson made a bogey on the first hole to give Echavarria his first win of the season and second-career win.

Vongvanij’s tie for first has earned him a top-five finish in every tournament in all five tournaments played in the 2010-11 season, including four in which he finished in the top three.

Choi shot a 69 in rounds two and three to record his fourth-consecutive top 10 finish.

“I think we fell asleep in the middle of the third round and let Auburn back in the tournament,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “I am proud of the way we dug down and came up with a win.”

Sophomore Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) shot five over par to earn a tie for 11th place and sophomore Tommy Mou (Bradenton, Fla.) finished in 39th with a score of 222.

Junior Michael Furci (Sayville, N.Y.) shot one under par in the third round to finish in a tie for 37th and freshman Payne Denman (Riverwatch Tenn.)  tied for 51st. Both competed as individuals.

Florida will take the course on Feb. 27-March 1 at the John Hayt Invitational at the Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

 

Final Team Results

Place

School

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Final

1

FLORIDA

+4

281

282

281

844

2

Auburn

+13

291

278

284

853

3

LSU

+22

294

280

288

862

4

UNF

+26

291

288

287

866

5

UCF

+27

292

283

292

867

6

Coastal Carolina

+28

289

295

284

868

7

Florida State

+29

295

289

285

869

8

Lamar

+33

296

291

286

873

9

Ole Miss

+35

292

291

292

875

10

UAB

+59

298

302

299

899

11

Jacksonville

+61

310

301

290

901

12

Mississippi State

+63

303

296

304

903

13

Georgia Southern

+69

310

301

298

909

14

Georgia State

+71

308

298

305

911

 

Final Top 10 Individuals

Place

Player (School)

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Final

1

ANDRES ECHAVARRIA, FLORIDA

E

72

69

69

210

T2

BANK VONGVANIJ, FLORIDA

E

68

74

68

210

T2

PHILLIP CHOI, FLORIDA

E

72

69

69

210

T2

Drew Kittleson, Florida State

E

72

69

69

210

T5

Blayne Barber, Auburn

+1

73

69

69

211

T5

Niclas Carlsson, Auburn

+1

72

70

69

211

T7

MJ Daffue, Lamar

+2

73

69

70

212

T7

Jonathan Randolph, Ole Miss

+2

70

70

72

212

9

Greg Eason, UCF

+3

70

75

68

213

10

Major Forbess, UNF

+4

69

747

71

214

 

Final Florida Results

Place

Player

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Final

1

Andres Echavarria

69

70

71

210 (E)

T2

Bank Vongvanij

68

74

68

210 (E)

T2

Phillip Choi

72

69

69

210 (E)

T11

Tyler McCumber

73

69

73

215 (+5)

*T37

Michael Furci

78

74

69

221 (+11)

39

Tommy Mou

72

74

76

222 (+12)

T51

Payne Denman

71

79

78

228 (+18)

 

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