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Tuesday January 31, 2012Gators Men's Golf, T.J. Vogel Capture Sea Best Invitational Titles

Ponte Vedra, Fla.

The Florida men’s golf team used a final round 297 to win the 2012 Sea Best Invitational by 15 strokes over Liberty at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. It marks the second straight year that the Gators have won the tournament, which was formerly known as the JU Invitational. For the tournament, UF was led by junior T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.) who took home medalist honors after firing a three-round total of 216 (E).

 

“Today was a good day for us,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “We didn’t have our good stuff but we gutted it out. The best part about this win is that we worked so hard during the break and to see immediate results is really great. Golf is a funny game and sometimes you can put in a lot of work and not see results for a long time, sometimes never, so to go out there and get this win sets a really good tone for the rest of the spring.”

 

Vogel, who had finished in the top-eight of his last three events, carded a solid final round of 74 (+2) to claim the first individual title of his career. Vogel used four birdies, countered by four bogeys and a double, to win the event by two-strokes over Rhys Enoch of East Tennessee State and Harold Varner of East Carolina.

 

“It was really cool for T.J. to get the first win of his career here,” Alexander said. “He was one of the guys who didn’t have his best stuff today but was able to put tougher a solid round to help him win the tournament.”

 

Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) fired his second consecutive round in the red with a one-under 71 to finish the tournament tied for 11th. McCumber got off to a solid start on the day making a birdie on the par-5 second and adding another on the par-4 sixth to go out in 34 (-2). On his homeward half, McCumber started slow with a pair of bogeys to get his round back to level par, but the junior was able to get a shot back with a birdie at the famed 17th island green to finish the day at -1.

 

“I’m really proud of how Tyler bounced back after the first round,” Alexander explained. “It shows a lot about his drive and work ethic to go out there and put up back-to-back rounds under par after a tough 83 in round one.”

 

Freshman Eric Banks (Truro, Canada) joined McCumber in11th place after a final round 74. After making the turn in three-over 39, Banks was able to right the ship and used birdies on 13 and 16 to come in with a 35 and post the best finish of his young career.

 

Following a final round 78, senior Michael Furci (Sayville, N.Y.) earned his first top-20 finish of the year after closing the tournament in 11-over,  while junior  Tommy Mou (Bradenton, Fla.) rounded out the Gators in the field with a three round total of 236.

 

The Gators will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 11, when they host the SunTrust Gator Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. Admission is free to the public. The event has also been designated a Rowdy Reptiles check-in event where students can scan their Gator 1 cards to earn 10 points.

 

Team Results

Place

Team

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

1

Florida

+20

303

284

297

884

2

Liberty

+35

301

297

301

899

3

UNF

+38

301

304

297

902

4

East Carolina

+45

317

296

296

909

5

Coastal Carolina

+47

315

294

302

911

6

East Tennessee St.

+56

315

298

307

920

7

Old Dominion

+59

308

301

314

923

8

Florida Gulf Coast

+60

308

313

303

924

9

Mercer

+61

304

306

315

925

10

Charleston Southern

+62

315

312

299

926

11

Jacksonville St.

+64

322

308

298

928

12

Jacksonville

+71

317

305

313

935

13

Georgia State

+76

319

307

314

940

 

Top 10 Individuals

Place

Player (School)

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

1

T.J. Vogel (Florida)

E

73

69

74

216

T2

Rhys Enoch (ETSU)

+2

77

71

70

218

T2

Harold Varner (ECU)

+2

74

70

74

218

T4

Kevin Aylwin (UNF)

+3

73

76

70

219

T4

Robert Karlsson (Liberty)

+3

75

70

74

219

T4

Jamey Salmon (JU)

+3

73

73

73

219

7

Brandon Pena (FGCU)

+4

70

73

77

220

T8

Joey Petronio (UNF)

+5

74

74

73

221

T9

Ryan Eibner (ECU)

+6

75

71

76

222

T9

Ian McConnell (Liberty)

+6

71

75

76

222

 

Florida Results

Place

Player

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

1

T.J. Vogel

E

73

69

74

216

T11

Eric Banks

+7

77

72

74

223

T11

Tyler McCumber

+7

83

69

71

223

T20

Michael Furci

+11

75

74

78

227

T43

Tommy Mou

+20

78

78

80

236

 

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