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Saturday February 11, 2012Gators Sit in Second After Day One of SunTrust Gator Invitational

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida men’s golf team used rounds of 278 and 287 to finish the first two rounds at 565 (+5) at the Mark Bostick Golf Course on the UF campus. The Gators will enter the final day of the SunTrust Gator Invitational five-strokes behind tournament leader Auburn, who finished day one with an even par 560.

 

“We had a solid morning and an ok afternoon considering the conditions,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “At the end of the day, when you’re in the hunt going into the final day you have to look at it as a positive. I don’t feel that we played our best today so hopefully we can put a few good rounds together tomorrow and see what happens.”

 

Leading the way for the Gators was junior T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.), who sits in second place overall after rounds of 66 and 71. During his first round, Vogel made pars on the first nine holes before a birdie on the par-4 10th jumpstarted his round. Vogel followed his birdie on No. 10 with an ace on the 145-yard 11th. Vogel used a 9-iron which he landed three feet from the cup before rolling forward and disappearing into the bottom of the cup. The momentum carried to the next hole, the par-5 12th, where Vogel lipped out a chip-in eagle attempt and settled for a tap-in birdie to go to four-under. Vogel would use another birdie on 17 to counter a bogey on 16 to finish his opening round 66. In the second round, Vogel used three birdies against two bogeys and a double to finish his day at three-under, five strokes behind Dominic Bozzelli of Auburn.

 

Junior Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) and walk-on redshirt senior Zach Lee (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) each carded two round totals of 142 (+2) to sit tied for 11th. McCumber used a pair of 71’s, with six birdies and eight bogeys, for his total, while Lee used an opening round 68 (-2), countered by a 74 (+4) in his first event competing for the Orange and Blue.   

 

Senior Michael Furci (Sayville, N.Y.) and freshman Eric Banks (Truro, Canada) also competed for the Gators lineup, carding a 146 (+6) and a 150 (+10), respectively. Furci totaled five birdies against four bogeys, a pair of doubles and a triple, while Banks recorded two birdies on the day versus nine bogeys and a double.

 

Junior Tommy Mou (Bradenton, Fla.) and freshman Thomas Stewart (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) also competed in the event as individuals.  Mou carded rounds of 74 and 76 to sit in a tie for 47th. Stewart, competing in his first collegiate event, fired an impressive 69 (-1) in the morning using five birdies against a triple on eight and a bogey on nine. Unfortunately for Stewart, he couldn’t keep the momentum and finished an up-and-down second round with an 80 (+10).

 

The Gators and the rest of the field will return to the course tomorrow for a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Admission to the event is free.

 

Team Results After Round Two

Place

Team

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Total

1

Auburn

E

279

281

560

2

Florida

+5

278

287

565

3

Arkansas

+17

288

289

577

t4

Liberty

+18

290

288

278

t4

FSU

+18

285

293

278

6

UCF

+22

291

291

582

7

UAB

+26

294

292

586

t8

Miss. St.

+27

287

300

587

t8

Memphis

+27

293

294

587

10

Ga. Southern

+30

293

297

590

11

UNF

+32

290

302

592

12

S. Alabama

+36

300

296

596

13

Kennesaw St.

+41

290

311

601

14

Jacksonville

+65

313

312

625

 

Top 10 Individuals After Round Two

Place

Player (School)

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Total

1

Dominic Bozzelli (Auburn)

-8

68

64

132

2

T.J. Vogel (UF)

-3

66

71

137

t3

Chase Seifert (FSU)

-1

68

71

139

t3

Chad Ramey (Miss. St.)

-1

68

71

139

5

Michael Hebert (Auburn)

E

70

70

140

t6

Ricardo Gouveia (UCF)

+1

71

70

141

t6

Niclas Carlsson (Auburn)

+1

68

73

141

t6

Josh Eure (Arkansas)

+1

69

72

141

t6

Ethan Tracy (Arkansas)

+1

69

72

141

 

Florida Results After Round Two

Place

Player

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Total

2

T.J. Vogel

-2

68

71

137

t11

Tyler McCumber

+2

71

71

142

t11

Zach Lee

+2

68

74

142

t23

Michael Furci

+6

73

73

146

t42*

Thomas Stewart

+9

69

80

149

t47

Eric Banks

+10

78

72

150

t47*

Tommy Mou

+10

74

76

150

 

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