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Saturday May 21, 2011Next Stop: Stillwater - Florida Men's Golf Wins Regional to Advance to NCAA Championships

Gainesville, Fla.

Four members of the Gator men’s golf team shot under par for round three to lead Florida to its second-consecutive tournament win at the Southeast Florida Regional at the Golden Ocala Golf Club in Ocala, Fla. on Saturday. With the win, the Gators advance to the NCAA Championships, held in Stillwater, Okla. May 31-June 5.

 

Redshirt-senior Andres Echavarria (Medellin, Colombia), senior Bank Vongvanij (Bradenton, Fla.) and sophomores Phillip Choi (Orlando, Fla.) and Tommy Mou (Bradenton, Fla.) combined to shoot 11 under par in the third round to surpass defending national champion Augusta State and claim its fifth tournament win of the season—the most wins since 2003-04. Florida has only recorded five or more wins seven other times in the history of the program.

 

Echavarria shot all three rounds under par to finish nine under for fourth place, but only one stroke behind the three first-place players. He has not finished outside of the top 20 in a tournament this season.

 

Vongvanij made four birdies and one bogey for a 69 in the third round to finish in a tie for sixth place, his ninth top-10 finish of the season (in 11 tournaments).

 

Choi was one over for the day going into the 15th hole, but finished the round with three birdies out of four holes to finish the day with a 70 and in a tie for 12th.

 

Mou recorded a career-low round at four-under par after making six birdies, three bogeys, one triple-bogey and his third eagle of the season.

 

Junior Michael Furci (Sayville, N.Y.) shot three over par to finish with a 75.

 

Florida will be joined by Augusta State, Kennesaw State, North Carolina State and Arkansas from the Southeast Regional. Augusta State’s Patrick Reed, N.C. State’s Mitchell Sutton and Missouri’s Jace Long all tied for first on the player leaderboard.

 

The Gators will have a short rest before they travel to Stillwater, Okla. for the 2011 NCAA Championships on May 31.

 

 

Final Team Results

Place

Team

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Final (Par)

1

FLORIDA

282

287

277

846 (-18)

2

Augusta State

290

275

287

852 (-12)

3

Kennesaw State

290

281

282

853 (-11)

4

N.C. State

284

285

286

855 (-9)

5

Arkansas

283

287

286

856 (-8)

6

Missouri

294

290

274

858 (-6)

7

Baylor

284

286

289

859 (-5)

8

Georgia Southern

285

286

289

860 (-4)

9

Notre Dame

288

290

287

865 (+1)

T10

Oregon

285

291

287

873 (+9)

T10

Southeastern Louisiana

290

283

300

873 (+9)

T10

UCF

298

286

289

873 (+9)

13

Jacksonville State

294

292

318

904 (+40)

14

Jackson State

325

311

307

943 (+79)

 

Top 10 Individual Results

Place

Player (School)

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Final (Par)

T1

Mitchell Sutton (N.C. State)

68

67

71

206 (-10)

T1

Jace Long (Missouri)

73

71

62

206 (-10)

T1

Patrick Reed (Augusta State)

72

67

67

206 (-10)

4

ANDRES ECHAVARRIA (FLORIDA)

71

68

68

207 (-9)

5

Rhys West (Southeastern Louisiana)

73

65

70

208 (-8)

T6

BANK VONGVANIJ (FLORIDA)

68

72

69

209 (-7)

T6

Logan Blondell (Georgia Southern)

69

71

69

209 (-7)

T6

Payne Gniewek (Baylor)

71

69

69

209 (-7)

T6

Jeff Karlsson (Kennesaw State)

73

69

67

209 (-7)

T10

Niall Platt (Notre Dame)

68

69

73

210 (-6)

T10

Philipp Westermann (Southeastern La.)

67

69

74

210 (-6)

 

Florida Results

Place

Player

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Final (Par)

4

Andres Echavarria

71

68

68

207 (-9)

T6

Bank Vongvanij

68

72

69

209 (-7)

T12

Phillip Choi

69

73

70

212 (-4)

T29

Tommy Mou

74

74

70

218 (+2)

T58

Michael Furci

74

77

75

226 (+10)

 

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