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Sunday March 20, 2011Vongvanij Earns Third Medalist Honor of Season at Schenkel Invitational

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida Men’s Golf senior Bank Vongvanij (Bradenton, Fla.) earned his third medalist honor of the 2010-11 season with his win at the Schenkel Invitational on Sunday in Statesboro, Ga.

 

With the victory, Vongvanij has three first-place finishes, three in the top five, one in the top 10 and one in the top 20 in the Gators’ first eight tournaments. His first win of the season came at the Isleworth Invitational on Oct. 26 and then followed with the Gators’ first tournament of the spring season at the JU Invitational on Feb. 1.

 

As a team, Florida came back from six strokes down behind leader Auburn to take the lead after the front nine holes, but let the Tigers find their way back in and tied it up at the end of the round. In the playoff, Auburn made birdie and shot four pars to seal the win.

 

“We had a good tournament, but a disappointing end,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “In any sport, there’s a lot of momentum going into a playoff, but we couldn’t find a way to win. This was a big event and would have been a positive win for us.”

 

Sophomore Phillip Choi (Orlando, Fla.) shot all three rounds under par to finish in fourth place for the Gators. In 52 holes, Choi made 12 birdies against only four bogeys and one double bogey to finish six-under par in the tournament. He has now finished in the top 10 in the last seven of Florida’s eight events this season.

 

Redshirt-senior Andres Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia) and Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) both recorded top-20 finishes. Echavarria tied for 11th and McCumber tied for 20th after coming back from a tie at 48th after round two.

 

Junior Michael Furci (Sayville, N.Y.) made 13 birdies in the three rounds to finish in a tie for 55th place.

 

Playing individually for the Gators, sophomore Tommy Mou (Bradenton, Fla.) recorded a 219 and a tie for 25th.

 

Florida has a quick turnaround as it travels to Awendaw, S.C. for the Hootie @ Bulls Bay Invitational on March 27-29 for its last tournament before postseason play.

 

Final Team Results

Place

Team

Round One Score

Round Two Score

Round Three Score

Total (Par)

^1

Auburn

279

275

294

848 (-16)

2

FLORIDA

282

278

288

848 (-16)

3

Virginia

288

277

293

858 (-6)

4

LSU

287

277

298

862 (-2)

5

UNF

291

282

290

863 (-1)

6

N.C. State

292

278

295

865 (+1)

T7

UNC

292

292

296

880 (+16)

T7

Minnesota

301

280

299

880 (+16)

T7

Georgia Southern

297

285

298

880 (+16)

10

Tennessee

289

289

303

881 (+17)

11

Ole Miss

304

292

287

883 (+19)

12

Notre Dame

291

287

310

888 (+24)

T13

Vanderbilt

302

287

307

896 (+32)

T13

Kentucky

306

292

298

896 (+32)

15

Miss State

303

302

311

916 (+52)

^won in a playoff

 

Final Top 10 Individuals

Place

Player (School)

Round One Score

Round Two Score

Round Three Score

Total (Par)

1

BANK VONGVANIJ (FLORIDA)

66

68

73

207 (-9)

T2

Kevin Aylwin (UNF)

70

71

67

208 (-8)

T2

Kyle Kopsick (Auburn)

71

69

68

208 (-8)

4

PHILLIP CHOI (FLORIDA)

69

70

71

210 (-6)

T5

Blayne Barber (Auburn)

68

70

73

211 (-5)

T5

Ben Kohles (Virginia)

70

69

72

211 (-5)

T7

Niclas Carlsson (Auburn)

69

67

76

212 (-4)

T7

Albin Choi (N.C. State)

74

67

71

212 (-4)

T7

Amory Davis (Virginia)

73

69

70

212 (-4)

10

John Peterson (LSU)

69

71

73

215 (-3)

 

Final Florida Results

Place

Player

Round One Score

Round Two Score

Round Three Score

Total (Par)

1

Bank Vongvanij

66

68

73

217 (-9)

4

Phillip Choi

69

70

71

210 (-6)

T11

Andres Echavarria

72

70

73

215 (-1)

T20

Tyler McCumber

77

70

71

218 (+2)

T55

Michael Furci

75

72

78

225 (+9)

*T26

Tommy Mou

73

71

75

219 (+3)

*played as an individual

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