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Sunday October 23, 2011Freshmen Lead No. 10 Gators Men's Golf in First Round at Isleworth

Windemere, Fla.

Freshman J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla.) fired an opening round 70 (-2) to pace the No. 10 Florida men’s golf team in the opening round of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. As a team, the Gators are tied for sixth overall after shooting a team score of 295 (+7).

 

“We got off to a great start today,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “Unfortunately, we made a few big numbers and that turned a good day into an average one.”  

 

Tomlinson currently sits in a tie for fifth place after his round of 70, five shots behind leader Jordan Speith of Texas. Starting on number 10, Tomlinson got off to a quick start by making a birdie on the par-3 11th. After a string of five-consecutive pars, Tomlinson carded his second bird of the day on the par-5 17th to make the turn in 34 (-2). After bogeys on holes 1 and 4 dropped him back to even for the day, Tomlinson regrouped and closed his round strong by making birdies on two of his last four holes to cap his opening round 70. 

 

“J.D. is a really good putter and he feels comfortable and confident on the greens here. I think we saw that make a difference for him out there today,” Alexander explained. 

 

Tomlinson’s fellow freshman Eric Banks (Truro, Canada) and junior T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.) each turned in rounds of 74 (+2) for the Orange and Blue. Banks recorded three birdies against five bogeys on his round, while Vogel had a team-best six birdies against a bogey, two doubles and a triple.  

 

Juniors Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) and Tommy Mou (Bradenton, Fla.) each carded rounds of 77 (+5) to round out the scoring for the Gators.

 

“There were a lot of positives out there for us today,” said Alexander. “We just have to focus on those, not dwell too much on the negatives, and get ready for tomorrow.”

 

The Gators will return to the course tomorrow morning when they tee off at 8:50 a.m.  Live scoring for the second round will be available through www.golfstat.com.  

 

Team Results After Round One

Place

Team

To Par

Round One Score

1

Texas

-10

278

2

North Florida

-1

287

T3

Stanford

+3

291

T3

Alabama

+3

291

5

California

+5

293

T6

Florida

+7

295

T6

Oklahoma State

+7

293

T6

Augusta State

+7

295

T6

LSU

+7

295

10

Indiana

+8

296

11

Texas Tech

+13

301

12

TCU

+15

303

T13

Vanderbilt

+17

305

T13

UCF

+17

305

15

Ohio State

+25

313

 

Top 10 Individuals After Round One

Place

Player (School)

To Par

Round One Score

1

Jordan Speith (Texas)

-7

65

T2

Andrew Yun (Stanford)

-3

69

T2

Sean Dale (UNF)

-3

69

T2

Justin Thomas (Alabama)

-3

69

T5

J.D. Tomlinson (Florida)

-2

70

T5

Brandon Hagy (Cal)

-2

70

T5

Patrick Rodgers (Stanford)

-2

70

T5

Julio Vegas (Texas)

-2

70

T5

Toni Hakula (Texas)

-2

70

10

Michael Kim (Cal)

-1

71

 

Florida Results After Round One

Place

Player

To Par

Round One Score

T5

J.D. Tomlinson

-2

70

T31

Eric Banks

+2

74

T31

T.J. Vogel

+2

74

T51

Tyler McCumber

+5

77

T51

Tommy Mou

+5

77

 

 

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