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Saturday May 19, 2012Gators Advance to NCAA Championship After Second Place Finish at NCAA East Regional

Greensboro,N.C.

The University of Florida mens golf team used a final round 285 (-3) to finish as the runner-up at the 2012 NCAA East Regional at the Grandover Resort East Course. With the top-5 finish, the Gators have advanced to the NCAA Championship, played this year at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., for an NCAA best 12th consecutive season.

 

It was another solid day that was badly needed because the rest of the field played so well, said head coach Buddy Alexander. The quality of play today from the majority of the field was impressive and I thought we were able to play a good, solid round of golf. Im proud of my guys for bouncing back after the poor first round and Im looking forward to going to California for Nationals.

 

For the day, the Gators were led by junior T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.) who shot an impressive three-under, 69, and three golfers; freshmen J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla.) and Eric Banks (Truro, Canada) and senior Michael Furci (Sayville, N.Y.); who shot rounds of even par, 72.

 

Vogel played the front nine in one-under, 35, after birdies on the par-5 sixth and the par-4 ninth countered by a bogey on the fifth. After a bogey on 10 to fall back to even par for the tournament, Vogel caught fire down the stretch finishing his round by making three birdies on his final five holes to post his 69 and finish the tournament in 217 (+1), good for a tie for seventh place overall, his ninth top-10 finish of the season.

 

T.J. was amazing today. To bounce back from a 78 on the first day and finish in the top-10 shows how special of a player he is, Alexander explained.

 

Tomlinson led the Gators for the tournament finishing in a tie for fifth overall, the best finish of his young career. On the day, Tomlinson made four birdies against four bogeys to finish his tournament at even par, 216.

 

Banks got off to a quick start making birdies on the par-5 second and the par-4 fourth. After dropping a shot on the fifth, Banks closed his front nine with four pars to turn in one-under, 35. On the back nine, Banks saw two birdies, countered by three bogeys to come in with 37 to post an even par round. For the tournament, Banks finished in a tie for 16th with a 221 (+5).

 

Our freshmen both had solid days for us, Alexander said. J.D. just keeps getting better and better and Eric has really grown up and is playing some good golf.

 

After a difficult first two rounds, Furci was able to bounce back with a solid closing round to round out the scoring on the day for the Orange and Blue. The senior used four birdies and an eagle to counter six bogeys to post his 72 (E).

 

Despite a final round 74, junior Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) finished 15th overall at 220 (+4), his ninth top-20 finish on the year.

The Gators will return to action at the NCAA Championships on Tuesday, May 29.

 

Team Results*

Place

Team

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Final

1

Liberty*

+4

283

293

292

866

2

Florida*

+7

299

287

285

871

3

Auburn*

+10

296

292

286

874

4

Lamar*

+13

295

293

289

877

5

Tulsa*

+14

293

297

288

878

6

Duke

+17

301

291

289

881

7

SMU

+19

288

294

301

883

8

UNLV

+24

293

304

291

888

9

Indiana

+30

298

293

303

894

10

Texas Tech

+31

294

295

306

895

11

Charlotte

+43

303

304

300

907

12

Louisiana-Lafayette

+52

295

305

316

916

T13

Mount St. Marys

+64

311

317

300

926

T13

George Washington

+64

312

310

306

926

 

* Top 5 Teams Advance to Nationals

 

Top 10 Individuals

Place

Player (School)

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Final

T1

Vaita Guillaume (Campbell)*

-3

70

71

72

213

T1

Robert Karlsson (Liberty)

-3

70

69

74

213

T1

Matt Schovee (SMU)

-3

67

70

76

213

4

Blayne Barber (Auburn)

-2

73

68

73

214

T5

J.D. Tomlinson (Florida)

E

73

71

72

216

T5

Dom Bozzelli (Auburn)

E

76

70

70

216

T7

T.J. Vogel (Florida)

+1

78

70

69

217

T7

Blake Biddle (UNLV)

+1

70

73

74

217

T7

Luke Jerling (Lamar)

+1

75

71

71

217

T7

Brinson Paolini (Duke)

+1

73

73

71

217

 

*Individual NCAA Qualifier

 

Florida Results

Place

Player

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Final

T5

J.D. Tomlinson

E

73

71

72

216

T7

T.J. Vogel

+1

78

70

69

217

15

Tyler McCumber

+4

74

72

74

220

T16

Eric Banks

+5

75

74

72

221

T49

Michael Furci

+12

77

79

72

228

 

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