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Tuesday May 29, 2012McCumber, Gators tied for Second After Day One of NCAA Championship

Pacific Palisades, Calif.

The University of Florida men’s golf team shot an opening round 288 (+4), to sit in a tie for second place overall at the 2012 NCAA Championships played at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. For the day, the Gators were led by junior Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) who shot a bogey-free 68 (-3) to sit in a tie for second place.

 

“It was a decent start for us,” said head coach Buddy Alexander. “We’ve been slow out of the gates all season and I thought we handled today pretty solidly and made some good adjustments after our practice round.”

 

“Tyler played a great round of golf today,” Alexander continued. “To not make any bogeys on a course like this is very impressive and shows how well he played today.”

 

McCumber started his day with six consecutive pars before breaking through with a birdie at the par-4 seventh. Two more pars at eight and nine saw McCumber go out in 34 (-1). To start his homeward half, McCumber made birdie on the par-4 10th. After a stretch of seven-consecutive pars, McCumber carded a birdie on the difficult, par-4, 18th to post his 17th round at or under par on the season.

 

After a tough opening nine, senior Michael Furci (Sayville, N.Y.) was able to rally to post a one-over. Furci, who had three bogeys on the front, was able to regroup coming in by making two birdies and seven pars to post his 72.   

 

“Michael had a big back nine for us,” Alexander explained. “We were struggling there for a bit and he kept us in it with his play which was huge.”

 

Junior T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.) also finished his opening round with a 72 after an up-and-down day where he made a team-best four birdies which were countered by five bogeys.

 

Freshmen J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla.) and Eric Banks (Truro, Canada) each posted rounds of 76 (+5) to round out the UF lineup.

 

“We’re going out in the afternoon tomorrow and we’ll probably face some wind and tougher conditions, but we need to be able to stay focused and play our game and hopefully put together a round that puts us in contention going into the final round,” Alexander said.

 

The Gators will return to the course tomorrow when they tee off beginning at 12:20 PST, 3:20 EST.  Live scoring for the second round will be available through NCAA.com.

 

Team Results After Round One

Place

Team

To Par

Round One Score

1

Alabama

+1

285

T2

Florida

+4

288

T2

Auburn

+4

288

T4

UCLA

+5

289

T4

Oklahoma

+5

289

T6

Iowa

+6

290

T6

Florida State

+6

290

T6

Texas

+6

290

T6

UCF

+6

290

T6

UNF

+6

290

11

Oregon

+7

291

12

San Diego State

+8

292

T13

Kent State

+9

293

T13

Stanford

+9

293

T15

Liberty

+11

295

T15

Georgia

+11

295

T15

Cal

+11

295

T15

Illinois

+11

295

T15

East Carolina

+11

295

20

Washington

+12

296

21

UAB

+13

297

T22

Texas A&M

+14

298

T22

USC

+14

298

T24

Chattanooga

+15

299

T24

TCU

+15

299

T24

Memphis

+15

299

T24

Virginia Tech

+15

299

T24

Lamar

+15

299

T29

Virginia

+22

306

T29

Tulsa

+22

306

 

Top 10 Individuals After Round One

Place

Player (School)

To Par

Round One Score

1

Anton Arboleda (UCLA)

-4

67

T2

Tyler McCumber (Florida)

-3

68

T2

Corey Conners (Kent State)

-3

68

T4

Blayne Barber (Auburn)

-2

69

T4

Dom Bozzelli (Auburn)

-2

69

T4

Will Kropp (Oklahoma)

-2

69

T4

Thomas Pieters (Illinois)

-2

69

T4

Joseph Winslow (Iowa)

-2

69

T4

Patrick Rodgers (Stanford)

-2

69

 

Florida Results After Round One

Place

Player

To Par

Round One Score

T2

Tyler McCumber

-3

68

T27

Michael Furci

+1

72

T27

T.J. Vogel

+1

72

T98

Eric Banks

+5

76

T98

J.D. Tomlinson

+5

76

 

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