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Friday April 15, 2011Florida Men's Golf in First After First Round of SEC Championships

Gainesville, Fla.

 

Sophomore Phillip Choi (Orlando, Fla.) and senior Andres Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia) led the Florida men’s golf team to a first place finish after round one of the SEC Championships on Friday at the Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island,Ga.

 

This marks the fifth time this season the Gators have led after the first round. They won all the tournaments but one, where they finished in second.

 

Conditions on the course were not ideal, as the wind gusted up to 25 mph, leading to higher scores by all participants.

 

“We talked about it a little bit (about the windy conditions) before we played,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “We knew that scoring wasn’t going to be great, so when the conditions are tough, you have to remind yourself that you might not be as bad as you think you are out there. We had four guys hanging in pretty well all day, but we had a good, solid day of golf and that’s what it’s going to take for two more days.”

 

Choi made five birdies and four bogeys to finish one under par and tie for second place. He finished the day one stroke behind LSU’s John Peterson at the top of the leaderboard.

 

Echavarria made even par with three birdies and three bogeys to finish the day in a tie for fifth place.

 

Senior Bank Vongvanij (Bradenton, Fla.) made one birdie and three bogeys to finish with a score of 72, only four strokes behind Peterson.

 

Sophomores Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and Tommy Mou (Bradenton, Fla.) both shot a 74 to tie for 27th place.

 

“We had a great start, but there is an old saying that you can’t win the tournament the first day, but you can certainly lose it and we are in a good spot,” said Alexander. “We had four guys hanging in pretty well all day, but we had a good, solid day of golf and that’s what it’s going to take for two more days.”

 

The Gators will look to secure their lead on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Fans can follow live scoring on www.golfstat.com, find updates and news at www.GatorZone.com and see pictures from each round on the Florida Men’s Golf facebook page.

 

 

Team Results After Round One

Place

Team

Round One Score

Par

1

FLORIDA

285

+5

T2

Tennessee

286

+6

T2

Arkansas

286

+6

4

Alabama

291

+11

T5

Auburn

292

+12

T5

Georgia

292

+12

T5

LSU

292

+12

8

Kentucky

293

+13

9

South Carolina

294

+14

T10

Vanderbilt

299

+19

T10

Mississippi State

299

+19

12

Ole Miss

303

+23

 

Individual Results After Round One

Place

Player (School)

Round One Score

Par

1

John Peterson (LSU)

68

-2

T2

PHILLIP CHOI (FLORIDA)

69

-1

T2

Bryden MacPherson (Georgia)

69

-1

T2

Robin Wingardh (Tennessee)

69

-1

T5

Axel Boassen (Mississippi State)

70

E

T5

ANDRES ECHAVARRIA (FLORIDA)

70

E

T5

Jamie Marshall (Arkansas)

70

E

T8

Wesley Bryan (South Carolina)

71

+1

T8

Niclas Carlsson (Auburn)

71

+1

T8

Hunter Hamrick (Alabama)

71

+1

T8

Russell Henley (Georgia)

71

+1

T8

Danny Keddie (Tennessee)

71

+1

T8

Stephen Powers (Kentucky)

71

+1

T8

Ethan Tracy (Arkansas)

71

+1

 

Florida Results After Round One

Place

Player

Round One Score

Par

T2

Phillip Choi

69

-1

T5

Andres Echavarria

70

E

T15

Bank Vongvanij

72

+2

T27

Tyler McCumber

74

+4

T27

Tommy Mou

74

+4

 

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