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Friday May 20, 2011Echavarria Keeps Florida in Second Place After Round Two

Gainesville, Fla.

Redshirt-senior Andres Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia) fueled a Florida team into a tie for second place after falling into ninth place after the first nine holes to start the round. The Gators are tied with North Carolina State and trail leader Augusta State by four going into Saturday’s third and final round.

 

Echavarria shot a 71 for round one and 68 for round two and is in a tie for seventh place after making five birdies and one bogey on the day. He is four strokes behind leader Mitchell Sutton of N.C. State.

 

After making two bogeys on the front nine, senior Bank Vongvanij (Bradenton, Fla.) made two birdies on the back nine to shoot even par on the day and finish in a tie for 10th.

 

“We got off to a rough start and to be honest, there is a little sense of relief that the field didn’t run away from us today, because we really played poorly on the front nine,” Florida head coach Buddy Alexander said. “We really rallied on the back nine, but obviously, this field isn’t separating a whole lot.”

 

Sophomore Phillip Choi (Orlando, Fla.) made five bogeys, two birdies and his third eagle of the season on hole 12 for a 73.

 

Sophomore Tommy Mou (Bradenton, Fla.) matched his first round score with a 74 and junior Michael Furci (Sayville, N.Y.) shot a 77.

 

“I think the course has been pretty easy because the weather conditions have been so perfect,” Alexander said. “That’s great and fun to play in, but it really doesn’t separate the field much. I don’t think we’re going to get any wind tomorrow to speak of, so it’s going to be close. We’re going to have to make more birdies and get off to a better start than we did today.”

 

The Gators are scheduled to tee off starting at 8:40 a.m. on Saturday for the third and final round with fellow leaders Augusta State and N.C. State. At the end of the round, the top five teams will advance to the NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Okla. Please follow live scoring at www.golfstat.com and updates at www.GatorZone.com.

 

Team Results After Round Two    

Place

Team

Round 1

Round 2

Par

1

Augusta State

290

275

-11

T2

FLORIDA

282

287

-7

T2

N.C. State

284

285

-7

T4

Arkansas

283

287

-6

T4

Baylor

284

286

-6

T6

Georgia Southern

285

286

-5

T6

Kennesaw State

290

281

-5

8

Southeastern Louisiana

290

283

-3

9

Oregon

285

291

E

10

Notre Dame

288

290

+2

T11

UCF

298

286

+8

T11

Missouri

294

290

+8

13

Jacksonville State

294

292

+10

14

Jackson State

325

311

+60

 

Top 10 Individual Results After Round Two

Place

Player (School)

Round 1

Round 2

Par

1

Mitchell Sutton (N.C. State)

68

67

-9

2

Phillipp Westermann (Southeastern Lousiana)

67

69

-8

3

Niall Platt (Notre Dame)

68

69

-7

T4

Greg Easeon (UCF)

71

67

-6

T4

Ben Greene (Kennesaw State)

67

71

-6

T4

Rhys West (Southeastern Lousiana)

73

65

-6

T7

ANDRES ECHAVARRIA (FLORIDA)

71

68

-5

T7

Patrick Reed (Augusta State)

72

67

-5

T7

Andrew Vijarro (Oregon)

71

68

-5

T10

BANK VONGVANIJ (FLORIDA)

68

72

-4

T10

Carter Newman (Augusta State)

71

69

-4

T10

Payne Gniewek (Baylor)

71

69

-4

T10

Logan Blondell (Georgia Southern)

69

71

-4

 

 Florida Results

Place

Player

Round 1

Round 2

Par

T7

Andres Echavarria

71

68

-5

T10

Bank Vongvanij

68

72

-4

T17

Phillip Choi

69

73

-2

T45

Tommy Mou

74

74

+4

T58

Michael Furci

74

77

+7

 

 

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