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Thursday May 19, 2011Florida Men's Golf in First After Day One of NCAA Regionals

Gainesville, Fla.

Senior Bank Vongvanij (Bradenton, Fla.) shot four under par to lead the Florida men’s golf team to a first-place finish after the first round of the NCAA Regional Tournament in Ocala, Fla. on Thursday.

 

Vongvanij made five birdies and one bogey on the day to finish in a tie for fourth place, only two strokes behind leader Jack Dukeminier of Oregon.

 

The Gators played without sophomore Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), the No. 4 player in the lineup, after he injured his finger earlier in the month.

 

Sophomore Phillip Choi (Orlando, Fla.) finished one stroke behind Vongvanij with a score of 69 in eighth place after making six birdies and three bogeys on the day.

 

Redshirt senior Andres Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia) shot a 71 to finish in a tie for 11th.

 

“We had a really solid day,” Florida head coach Buddy Alexander said. “As I said earlier in the week, this has been a nervous week and today was a particular nervous day with Tyler out and Echavarria sick. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but I thought we played solidly and I am happy with our start.”

 

Sophomore Tommy Mou (Bradenton, Fla.) and junior Michael Furci (Sayville, N.Y.) both shot a 74 and finished in a tie for 43rd.

 

Today’s round marks the sixth time this season the Gators have led after the first round. As a result, they won the Olympia Fields Invitational, the JU Invitational, the Gator Invitational and the SEC Championship and finished second at the Jerry Pate Invitational.

 

“We still have a lot of golf left to play,” Alexander said. “We need to go out tomorrow and play like we did today.”

 

Florida will tee off at 8 a.m. to begin round two on Friday. Please check back to www.GatorZone.com for updates and follow www.golfstat.com for live scoring.

 

 

Team Results After Round One    

Place

Team

Score

Par

1

FLORIDA

282

-6

2

Arkansas

283

-5

T3

Baylor

284

-4

T3

N.C. State

284

-4

T5

Oregon

285

-3

T5

Georgia Southern

285

-3

7

Notre Dame

288

E

T8

Southeastern Louisiana

290

+2

T8

Kennesaw State

290

+2

T8

Augusta State

290

+2

T11

Missouri

294

+6

T11

Jacksonville State

294

+6

13

UCF

298

+10

14

Jackson State

325

+37

 

Top 10 Individual Results After Round One

Place

Player (School)

Score

Par

1

Jack Dukeminier (Oregon)

66

-6

T2

Ben Greene (Kennesaw State)

67

-5

T2

Philipp Westermann (Southeastern La.)

67

-5

T4

BANK VONGVANIJ (FLORIDA)

68

-4

T4

Mitchell Sutton (N.C. State)

68

-4

T4

Niall Platt (Notre Dame)

68

-4

T8

PHILLIP CHOI (FLORIDA)

69

-3

T8

Logan Blondell (Georgia Southern)

69

-3

10

Cody Paladino (Baylor)

70

-2

 

 Florida Results

Place

Player

Score

Par

T4

Bank Vongvanij

68

-4

T8

Phillip Choi

69

-3

T11

Andres Echavarria

71

-1

T48

Tommy Mou

73

+2

T48

Michael Furci

73

+2

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

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