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Sunday April 22, 2012Top-3 Finishes from McCumber and Vogel Lead Gators to Third Place Finish at SEC Championship

St. Simon’s Island, Ga.

Juniors Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) and T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.) each posted third place finishes, leading the No. 23 University of Florida men’s golf team to a third place finish in the 2012 SEC Championship at Sea Island Golf Club. The Gators finished the tournament in 841 (+1) strokes, 13 behind Alabama.

 

“I’m proud of my team,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “We battled hard all week and were pretty competitive all weekend. I feel that we have improved immensely from where we were at in the fall.”  

 

McCumber led the Gators on the day with a three-under, 67. McCumber got off to a rocky start with back-to-back bogeys on the second and third to drop from the red (-1) into the black (+1) for the tournament. The junior was able to get back to even for the tournament with a birdie at the par-4 fifth. After a par at the par-3 sixth, McCumber caught fire running off three-consecutive birdies to make the turn in 33 (-2). McCumber opened his back nine with a pair of pars before posting another birdie on the par-3 12th to get to three-under for his round. McCumber added his sixth birdie of the day on the par-5 15th but gave it back with a bogey on 18 to finish his tournament in 206 strokes, good for a tie for third, three strokes behind Justin Thomas of Alabama.

 

Joining McCumber at three-under for the tournament was Vogel, who shot a one-under, 69, in his final round. Vogel went out in one-under, 34, after a bogey on the par-3 third and birdies on the par 4 fifth and the par-3 sixth. After the turn, Vogel hit a rough patch making three-straight bogeys on 10, 11 and 12. Vogel kept his composure after the bogeys and responded strongly with birdies on the 13th, 14th and 15th to get back to one-under for the day and four-under for the Championship. After closing out the day with a trio of pars, Vogel earned his sixth top-five finish of the season.      

 

“I’m really proud of T.J. and Tyler,” Alexander said. “They did what All-Americans do, turn things around when they aren’t playing their best and post good numbers for their team.”

   

Senior Michael Furci (Sayville, N.Y.) added a second straight round of one-over, 71, to the team score for UF. Furci had a relatively quite first 13 holes, shooting 12 pars and a bogey. On his final five holes, Furci was more up-and-down with two bogeys countered by a pair of birdies, including one on the difficult par-4 18th. Furci finished the tournament in 215 strokes, a five-over total, good for a tie for 23rd place.  

 

Recording the last score for Florida was freshman J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla.) who shot a 73 (+3). Tomlinson, who used a birdie against four bogeys in his third round, finished the tournament in a tie for 27th place after a three day total of 216 (+6).

 

Freshman Eric Banks (Truro, Canada) rounded out the Gator lineup with a five-over, 75, for a three day total of 224 (+14).

 

“Our improvement has been slow but steady,” Alexander explained. “We’re getting better and I still think that our best golf is ahead of us.”

 

The Orange and Blue will be back in action when they travel to NCAA Regionals beginning on Friday, May 18.

 

Final Team Results

Place

Team

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

1

Alabama

-12

272

274

282

828

2

Auburn

-6

277

280

277

834

3

Florida

+1

283

278

280

841

4

Georgia

+10

273

284

293

850

5

Arkansas

+15

286

280

289

855

6

Ole Miss

+17

287

285

285

857

7

Kentucky

+26

284

294

288

866

8

Tennessee

+28

285

290

293

868

9

Vanderbilt

+29

289

286

294

869

10

South Carolina

+31

289

289

293

871

11

LSU

+37

296

284

297

877

12

Mississippi State

+39

289

290

300

879

 

Top 10 Individuals

Place

Player (School)

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

1

Justin Thomas (Alabama)

-7

68

67

68

203

2

Bobby Wyatt (Alabama)

-5

65

69

71

205

T3

Tyler McCumber (Florida)

-4

70

69

67

206

T3

T.J. Vogel (Florida)

-4

67

70

69

206

T3

Blayne Barber (Auburn)

-4

71

68

67

206

6

Rick Lamb (Tennessee)

-3

67

67

73

207

T7

Garrick Porteous (Tennessee)

-1

69

72

68

209

T7

Michael Johnson  (Auburn)

-1

68

69

72

209

T7

Chad Ramey (Miss. St.)

-1

67

70

72

209

10

Keith Mitchell (Georgia)

E

71

71

68

210

 

Florida Results

Place

Player

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

T3

T.J. Vogel

-3

67

70

69

206

T3

Tyler McCumber

-1

70

69

67

206

T23

Michael Furci

+5

73

71

71

215

T27

J.D. Tomlinson

+6

75

68

73

216

T48

Eric Banks

+14

73

76

75

224

 

 

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