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Sunday February 27, 2011Florida in Fifth After Round One of John Hayt Invitational

Gainesville, Fla.

 

Sophomore Phillip Choi (Orlando, Fla.) led the No. 3 Florida men’s golf team to a fifth-place finish after day one and round one on Sunday at the John Hayt Invitational in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

 

Choi made three birdies, one bogey and an eagle on the 18th hole to shoot four-under par for a score of 68.

 

The Gators trail three SEC foes in Auburn (tied for first with TCU), LSU (third) Arkansas (fourth). As a team, UF shot two-under par for a score of 286, only four strokes behind leaders Auburn and TCU.

 

Senior Bank Vongvanij (Bradenton, Fla.) also led the Gators with a score of 69 (-3) after making three birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on hole four.

 

“We had great play out of Phillip and Bank,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “It is a good sign for our team.”

 

Sophomore Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) finished the day in a tie for 19th after making birdies on holes five and eight, an eagle on hole 11, a double bogey on 13 and bogey on 16.

 

Junior Michael Furci (Sayville, N.Y.) concluded the day with a 78 and freshman Payne Denman (Riverwatch, Tenn.) recorded an 82 in his Florida tournament debut.

 

“It was an up and down day,” said Alexander. “Hopefully, Phillip and Bank can keep it up and we can get ourselves back in this tournament.”

 

The Gators will return to the course on Monday, Feb. 28 for round two at 8 a.m.

 

 

Team Results After Round One

 

 

Place

Team

To Par

Round One Score

T1

Auburn

-6

282

T1

TCU

-6

282

3

LSU

-4

284

4

Arkansas

-3

285

5

FLORIDA

-2

286

6

Coastal Carolina

-1

287

T7

Tennessee

+1

289

T7

UCF

+1

289

9

Tulsa

+2

290

T10

Georgia Southern

+4

292

T10

UNF

+4

292

12

Ole Miss

+5

293

13

Mercer

+6

294

14

UAB

+9

297

15

Jacksonville

+19

307

 

Top 10 Individuals After Round One

 

Place

Player (School)

To Par

Round One Score

1

John Peterson (LSU)

-5

67

T2

Connor Arendell (UCF)

-4

68

T2

Blayne Barber (Auburn)

-4

68

T2

PHILLIP CHOI (FLORIDA)

-4

68

T2

Thomas Sutton (UAB

-4

68

T2

Robin Windgardh (Tennessee)

-4

68

T7

Johan de Beer (TCU)

-3

69

T7

Sebastian Cappelen (Arkansas)

-3

69

T7

Pontus Gad (TCU)

-3

69

T7

Michael Hebert (Auburn)

-3

69

T7

BANK VONGVANIJ (FLORIDA)

-3

69

 

Florida Results After Round One

 

Place

Player

To Par

Round One Score

T2

Phillip Choi

-4

68

T7

Bank Vongvanij

-3

69

T19

Tyler McCumber

-1

71

T75

Michael Furci

+6

78

84

Payne Denman

+10

82

 

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