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Tuesday March 1, 2011Florida Men's Golfer Phillip Choi Wins John Hayt Invitational

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida mens golf sophomore Phillip Choi (Orlando, Fla.) recorded his first-career win at the John Hayt Invitational in Ponte Vedra, Fla. at the Sawgrass Country Club on Tuesday. As a team, the Gators finished in a tie for sixth.

 

Choi started the day well with birdies on the first two holes, then made a bogey on hole three. He made three more birdies on holes five, seven and 11 before making a double bogey on the 15th hole to score a career-best 209 (-7).

 

With the win, Choi has finished in the top 10 in the last five of the six tournaments the Gators have played in the 2010-11 season. He has continuously improved his score and tied for first in the Gator Invitational on Feb. 13 before falling to teammate Andres Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia) in a four-person playoff.

 

He is the third Florida mens golf team member to win a tournament this year after senior Bank Vongvanij (Bradenton, Fla.) won the Isleworth Invitational on Oct. 26 and the JU Invitational on Feb. 1 and Echavarria won the Gator Invitational.

 

Im awfully proud of Phillip Choi, said head coach Buddy Alexander. Hes been terrific for us and I give him a lot of credit. He is playing with a lot of confidence and is evolving into quite a player.

 

The Gators finished behind four Southeastern Conference foes Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and Tennessee and tied with Ole Miss. Arkansas won the tournament after shooting five under par on the third day and finished with a total score of 867.

 

It was a disappointing day, to be honest, said Alexander. We couldnt get a good score. We have been so consistent and just didnt have that consistency this weekend.

 

Vongvanij made three birdies and three bogeys to shoot even par on the day and finish the tournament tied for 15th. Junior Michael Furci (Sayville, N.Y.), sophomore Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) and freshman Payne Denman (Riverwatch, Tenn.) finished with a score of 213, 232 and 240 respectively.

 

Florida will be back in action when it travels to Bandon Ore. on March 11 and 12 to compete in the Bandon Dunes Championship.

 

 

Final Team Results

 

Place

Team

Round One Score

Round Two Score

Round Three Score

Total

1

Arkansas

285

299

282

866 (+2)

2

Auburn

282

295

292

869 (+5)

3

LSU

284

300

287

871 (+7)

4

UCF

289

297

293

879 (+15)

5

Tennessee

289

295

298

882 (+18)

T6

FLORIDA

286

304

295

885 (+21)

T6

Ole Miss

293

300

292

885 (+21)

8

Tulsa

290

308

292

890 (+26)

9

TCU

282

304

306

892 (+28)

10

Coastal Carolina

287

310

298

895 (+31)

11

Mercer

294

303

301

898 (+34)

12

UNF

292

309

303

904 (+40)

13

Georgia Southern

292

311

307

910 (+46)

14

Jacksonville

307

297

308

912 (+48)

15

UAB

297

312

304

913 (+49)

 

Final Top 10 Individuals

 

Place

Player (School)

Round One Score

Round Two Score

Round Three Score

Total

1

PHILLIP CHOI (FLORIDA)

68

71

70

209 (-7)

T2

Sebastian Cappelen (Arkansas)

69

70

73

212 (-4)

T2

Blayne Barber (Auburn)

68

71

73

212 (-4)

4

Michael Hebert (Auburn)

69

73

71

213 (-3)

5

Jonathan Randolph (Ole Miss)

73

69

72

214 (-2)

T6

Greg Eason (UCF)

72

73

70

215 (-1)

T6

Robin Wingardh (Tennessee)

68

74

73

215 (-1)

T8

Connor Arendell (UCF)

68

75

73

216 (E)

T8

Ken Looper (LSU)

70

75

71

216 (E)

10

Joe David (Ole Miss)

70

72

75

217 (+1)

 

Final Florida Results

Place

Player

Round One Score

Round Two Score

Round Three Score

Total

1

Phillip Choi

68

71

70

209 (-7)

T15

Bank Vongvanij

69

78

72

219 (+3)

T56

Michael Furci

78

81

72

231 (+15)

T64

Tyler McCumber

71

80

81

232 (+16)

77

Payne Denman

82

75

83

240 (+24)

 

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