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Sunday February 10, 2013Florida Finishes in Fourth Place at the SunTrust Gator Invitational

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida men’s golf team finished in fourth place at their annual home tournament, the SunTrust Gator Invitational, on Sunday, February 10 at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. UF shot an 851 (+11) for the three-round event.

 

“I know we are better than we played this week,” head coach Buddy Alexander said. “We have a lot to learn and a lot to improve on.”

 

The team finished 19 strokes behind the tournament champion, Florida State. The Seminoles matched the 13th-best team score in the history of the Gator Invitational. In addition, they recorded the third-best third round score and fifth-lowest second round mark. FSU’s Daniel Berger took home the individual crown, as well. Berger’s score of 203 (-7) tied for 15th in Gator Invitational history.  

 

Redshirt sophomore Santiago Gavino (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) led the Gators on the final day of competition. Gavino was two-over par on the first nine holes. He rebounded with five birdies over the final nine to finish with a 67 (-3), his best single round score as a Gator. Gavino finished in a tie for 12th place.

 

“If Santiago Gavino had not shot a 30 on the back-nine, it could have been much worse,” Alexander said.

 

Senior Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) and sophomore J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla.) finished the event in 213 strokes, well enough for a tie for 17th place. McCumber was one-over par for the final 18, while Tomlinson was two-over.

 

Senior T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.) registered a 216 (+6) in his final home tournament. Junior Billy Anderson (DeLand, Fla.), in his first event of his UF career, shot a 228 (+18).

 

Sophomore Eric Banks (Truro, Canada), in his first tournament of the 2012-13 season, finished the event in 211 strokes (+1), good enough for a tie for 10th place. It marked his second top-10 finish in his career. Banks competed in the event as an individual. The Truro, Canada native shot two-under par for his final round, the lowest round of his UF career.

 

Fellow classmate Thomas Stewart (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), also competing as an individual, scored a 214 (+4) for the event. After recording a career-best 68 (-2) for the first round, Stewart recorded consecutive three-under par scores. He finished in a tie for 20th place.

 

Senior Tommy Mou (Bradenton, Fla.) was the last Gator to participate as in individual. Mou was four-over par for the third round and finished the tournament with a 224 (+14).

 

The team will be back in action from February 24-26 at the John Hayt Invitational in nearby Ponte Vedra, Fla.

 

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Final Results

Place

Team

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

1

Florida State

-8

289

272

271

832

2

North Florida

+7

287

283

277

847

3

South Alabama

+10

291

284

275

850

4

Florida

+11

282

288

281

851

5

UCF

+19

292

288

279

579

6

Arkansas

+20

287

288

285

860

t7

Liberty

+21

288

284

289

862

t7

Georgia Southern

+21

289

288

284

862

9

UAB

+22

283

290

289

862

10

Mississippi State

+27

296

284

287

867

11

Memphis

+28

290

288

290

868

12

Lamar

+34

301

289

284

874

13

Kennesaw State

+37

295

293

289

877

14

Jacksonville

+40

284

297

299

880

 

Top Ten Individuals

Place

Player (School)

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

1

Daniel Berger (Florida State)

-7

69

69

65

203

2

Scott Wolfes (Georgia Southern)

-4

70

66

70

206

t3

Doug Letson (Florida State)

-2

74

66

68

208

t3

M.J. Maguire (North Florida)

-2

71

69

68

208

t5

Sean Dale (North Florida)

-1

69

71

69

209

t5

Tyler Klava (South Alabama)

-1

70

70

69

209

t5

Niklas Lindstrom (Liberty)

-1

69

71

69

209

t5

Kevin Phelan (North Florida)

-1

73

69

67

209

9

Chase Seiffert (Florida State)

E

70

70

70

210

t10

Eric Banks (Florida) *

+1

72

71

68

211

t10

Martin Rohwer (UAB)

+1

71

71

69

211

 

Florida Results

Place

Player

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

t10

Eric Banks *

+1

72

71

68

211

t12

Santiago Gavino

+2

72

73

67

212

t17

Tyler McCumber

+3

69

73

71

213

t17

J.D. Tomlinson

+3

69

72

72

213

t20

Thomas Stewart *

+4

68

73

73

214

t25

T.J. Vogel

+6

72

70

74

216

t61

Tommy Mou *

+14

74

76

74

224

t69

Billy Anderson

+18

75

82

71

228

 

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