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Tuesday October 2, 2012Behind Strong Final Day, Gators Finish Second at Olympia Fields/Illini Invitational

Olympia Fields, Ill.

University of Florida men’s golf head coach Buddy Alexander believed his team had a good round left in them going into the final round of the Olympia Fields/Illini Invitational on October 2 in Olympia Fields, Ill. The Gators did not let their head coach down, recording a 286 (+6) on the final day of competition to propel them to a second-place finish.

 

“I said earlier that I believed we had a good day left in us and we did,” Alexander said.

 

As a team, UF shot the lowest score of any team in the final round. Sparked by the low round, the team moved up four spots on the leaderboard to finish 13 strokes behind first-place Arkansas. Florida finished the three-day tournament in 867 strokes (+27).  

 

Coming into Tuesday’s final round, senior T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.) was in a tie for 23rd place. Fueled by six birdies against three bogeys and one double-bogey, Vogel completed the par-70, 7,080 yard course in 68 strokes (-2). With his four-over par tournament total, Vogel recorded his second-straight top-10 finish, coming in a tie for seventh place.

 

Redshirt sophomore Santiago Gavino (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) rebounded from a tough start to the tournament and recorded a 71 (+1) for the final round. His one-over par round marked the lowest 18-hole score he has registered in his collegiate career.

 

Freshman A.J. Crouch (Jacksonville, Fla.) turned in a 72 (+2) in his final round of the event. Crouch tallied the first eagle by a Gator this season, recording a two on the par-four 11th hole. Like Vogel and Gavino, Crouch stumbled in the beginning of the Olympia Fields/Illini Invitational, but finished the final two rounds at two-over par.

 

Senior Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) and sophomore J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla.) finished their final rounds in 75 strokes (+5). McCumber was the second-best finisher for the Gators after posting a 218 (+8) for the tournament, tying for 20th place. Tomlinson finished two strokes behind McCumber, finishing in a tie for 25th place.

 

“It was a good way to finish against a strong field,” Alexander stated.

 

UF will resume its fall season on October 15 when the team travels to Birmingham for the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. The two-day tournament will take place at the Old Overton Country Club and will be hosted by the University of Alabama.

 

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Final Results

Place

Team

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

1

Arkansas

+14

283

278

293

854

2

Florida

+27

295

286

287

867

3

Florida State

+29

293

285

291

869

t4

Duke

+33

291

291

291

873

t4

Stanford

+33

297

285

291

873

t6

Auburn

+35

289

284

297

875

t6

Northwestern

+35

288

290

297

875

8

Oklahoma State

+36

293

287

296

876

9

SMU

+39

299

289

291

879

t10

Clemson

+47

301

291

295

887

t10

Illinois

+47

295

297

295

887

t10

Indiana

+47

300

291

296

887

13

Augusta State

+53

305

288

300

893

14

Purdue

+63

297

299

307

903

 

Top 10 Individuals

Place

Player (School)

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

1

Patrick Rodgers (Stanford)

-3

72

68

67

207

t2

Daniel Berger (Florida State)

+2

70

72

70

212

t2

Sebastian Cappelen (Arkansas)

+2

70

67

75

212

t2

Austin Cook (Arkansas)

+2

70

76

67

212

t2

Nicholas Losole (Northwestern)

+2

68

73

71

212

t2

Brinson Paolini (Duke)

+2

70

68

74

212

t7

Stephen Behr (Clemson)

+4

73

70

71

214

t7

David Boote (Stanford)

+4

73

70

71

214

t7

Julian Suri (Duke)

+4

72

72

70

214

t7

T.J. Vogel (Florida)

+4

76

70

68

214

 

Florida Results

Place

Player

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

t7

T.J. Vogel

+4

76

70

68

214

t20

Tyler McCumber

+8

70

73

75

218

t25

J.D. Tomlinson

+10

72

73

75

220

t30

A.J. Crouch

+12

80

70

72

222

t52

Santiago Gavino

+18

77

80

71

228

 

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