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Friday April 20, 2012Vogel Leads Gators on Day One of SEC Championship

St. Simon’s Island, Ga.

The No. 23 University of Florida men’s golf team used an opening round 283 (+3) to sit in fourth place heading into day two of the SEC Championships at Sea Island Golf Club. For the day, the Gators were led by junior T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.) who carded an opening round 67 (-3), putting him in a tie for second.

 

“We didn’t really get a whole lot going,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “It was just kind of a ho-hum day. We didn’t get a lot of momentum but did ok seeing that we didn’t make many birdies.”

 

Vogel got off to a hot start on the day with back-to-back birdies on the par-4 second and par-3 third. After another birdie at the par-3 sixth, Vogel had a hiccup before making the turn with bogeys on eight and nine to go out in one-under 34. Vogel was quick to bounce back making birdie on the par-4 10th. The junior added another birdie on the par-4 16th to go along with seven pars to come in with a 33 (-2) and post his three-under, 67. Going into the second round, Vogel is one off four golfers that sit two strokes behind Bobby Wyatt of Alabama.

 

Junior Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) currently sits in a tie for 14th after an opening round 70 (E). McCumber made the turn in one-under, 34, after birdies on the par-4 fourth and the par-4 ninth against a bogey on the par-3 sixth. A birdie on the par-4 10th took McCumber to two-under for the day but he gave those strokes back with a double on the par-3 12th. From there, the junior came in with six straight pars to sit five back of the leader going into the second round.

 

“We’re getting accustomed to seeing T.J. doing well for us so it was nice to see him go out and do his thing today,” Alexander said. “I also thought that Tyler did a good job of grinding on the back nine when he didn’t have his good stuff tee-to-green.”

 

Freshman Eric Banks (Truro, Canada) and senior Michael Furci (Sayville, N.Y.) each had rounds of 73 (+3) count for the Orange and Blue. Banks carded his 73 on a birdie and four bogeys, while Furci made three bogeys and 15 pars.

 

Freshman J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla.) rounded out the Gator participants with a 75.

 

“Tomorrow is a new day and hopefully it will be our day,” said Alexander. “We just have to go out play our game and hopefully make some moves and get back into it.”

 

The Gators will return to the course tomorrow morning when they tee off at 8:00 a.m.  Live scoring for the second round will be available through GolfStat and the SEC Championship Home Page.

 

Team Results After Round One

Place

Team

To Par

Round One Score

1

Alabama

-8

272

2

Georgia

-7

273

3

Auburn

-3

277

4

Florida

+3

283

5

Kentucky

+4

284

6

Tennessee

+5

285

7

Arkansas

+6

286

8

Ole Miss

+7

287

T9

South Carolina

+9

289

T9

Miss. St.

+9

289

T9

Vanderbilt

+9

289

12

LSU

+16

296

 

Top 10 Individuals After Round One

Place

Player (School)

To Par

Round One Score

1

Bobby Wyatt (Alabama)

-5

65

T2

T.J. Vogel (Florida)

-3

67

T2

T.J. Mitchell (Georgia)

-3

67

T2

Chad Ramey (Miss. St.)

-3

67

T2

Rick Lamb (Tennessee)

-3

67

T6

Brian Carter (Georgia)

-2

68

T6

Keith Mitchell (Georgia)

-2

68

T6

Will McCurdy (Auburn)

-2

68

T6

Justin Thomas (Alabama)

-2

68

T6

Hunter Hamrick (Alabama)

-2

68

 

Florida Results After Round One

Place

Player

To Par

Round One Score

T2

T.J. Vogel

-3

67

T14

Tyler McCumber

E

70

T35

Eric Banks

+3

73

T35

Michael Furci

+3

73

T48

J.D. Tomlinson

+5

75

 

 

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