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Tuesday May 31, 2011Florida Men's Golf Tied for 14th After Day One of NCAA Championships

Gainesville, Fla.

Seniors Bank Vongvanij (Bradenton, Fla.) and Andres Echavarria (Medellin, Fla.) both finished two-over par on the day to lead the No. 5 Florida men’s golf team into a tie for 14th place after the first round of the NCAA Championships at Karsten Creek Golf Course.

 

Vongvanij shot even par after the first nine holes, but then made four bogeys to overshadow two birdies in the back nine to finish with a 74.

 

Echavarria made four bogeys against two birdies in the first nine holes and then shot even on the back nine, making one bogey and one birdie, also for a 74.

 

“This team has putted pretty well all year long,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “Today was one of the worst putting exhibitions I’ve ever seen and from that standpoint, it was very surprising.”

 

Sophomore Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) started the day out well with a birdie on the first hole, but finished one-over par after the front nine holes and made two more bogeys on the back nine.

 

Sophomores Phillip Choi (Orlando, Fla.) and Tommy Mou (Bradenton, Fla.) finished with a 77 and 78 respectively.

 

“I think (our putting) is curable,” said Alexander. “Our strategies weren’t too bad, so I expect us to do better tomorrow.”

 

The Gators are scheduled to tee off at 8:20 a.m. ET for round two on Wednesday. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com and www.ncaa.com and updates will be available each day on www.GatorZone.com.

 

 

Team Standings After Round One

Place

Team

Score

Par

1

Georgia Tech

283

-5

2

UCLA

286

-2

3

Alabama

288

E

4

Texas A&M

289

+1

T5

Illinois

291

+3

T5

Georgia

291

+3

T5

Ohio State

291

+3

8

Oklahoma State

292

+4

9

Augusta State

294

+6

T10

Kennesaw State

295

+7

T10

San Diego State

295

+7

12

Arkansas

296

+8

13

Texas

299

+11

T14

FLORIDA

300

+12

T14

San Diego

300

+12

T14

California

300

+12

17

Arizona

302

+14

T18

Southern California

303

+15

T18

Arizona State

303

+15

T18

Duke

303

+15

T21

Iowa

304

+16

T21

Kent State

304

+16

T23

LSU

306

+18

T23

Northwestern

306

+18

T25

Colorado State

307

+19

T25

Michigan

307

+19

27

Tennessee

308

+20

28

Pepperdine

309

+21

29

N.C. State

310

+22

30

Oklahoma

313

+25

 

Top 10 Individuals After Round One

Place

Player (School)

Score

Par

1

James White (Georgia Tech)

67

-5

2

Cameron Peck (Texas A&M)

68

-4

T3

Patrick Reed (Augusta State)

69

-3

T3

J.J. Spaun (San Diego State)

69

-3

T5

Bud Cauley (Alabama)

70

-2

T5

Austin Cook (Arkansas)

70

-2

T5

Harris English (Georgia

70

-2

T5

Jace Long (Missouri)

70

-2

T9

Pedro Figueiredo (UCLA)

71

-1

T9

Paul Haley (Georgia Tech)

71

-1

T9

Hunter Hamrick (Alabama)

71

-1

T9

Bo Hoag (Ohio State)

71

-1

T9

Alex Kim (UCLA)

71

-1

T9

Mitchell Krywulycz (Augusta State)

71

-1

T9

Manav Shah (San Diego)

71

-1

T9

Ryan Sirman (Oklahoma)

71

-1

T9

Hudson Swafford (Georgia)

71

-1

T9

Michael Weaver (California)

71

-1

 

Florida Results After Round One

Place

Player

Score

Par

T47

Andres Echavarria

74

+2

T47

Bank Vongvanij

74

+2

T64

Tyler McCumber

75

+3

T90

Phillip Choi

77

+5

T108

Tommy Mou

78

+6

 

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