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Saturday February 23, 2013UF Continues Spring Season at John Hayt Collegiate Invitational

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The fourth-ranked University of Florida men’s golf team resumes its spring season when they travel to nearby Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. for the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational. The three-round tournament will begin on Sunday, February 24 and conclude on Tuesday, February 26 at the Sawgrass Country Club.

 

“We are excited to go out and play,” head coach Buddy Alexander said. “We only have had one tournament since October.”

 

Florida will send seniors Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) and T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.), sophomores J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla.) and Eric Banks (Truro, Canada), and redshirt sophomore Santiago Gavino (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) to compete in the event at the par-72, 6,910 yard course. Freshman A.J. Crouch (Jacksonville, Fla.) will be participating as an individual, as well.

 

McCumber, a native of Ponte Vedra, Fla., has had success previously at the Sawgrass Country Club. The senior tied for fifth place in the event as a freshman in 2010. It marked his first career top-five finish.

 

This will mark the third time in four years the Gators will compete at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational. The team finished in a tie sixth place in 2010 and in seventh in 2009. Last season, UF did not compete in the event.

 

“We are looking forward to playing against someone else other than ourselves, getting out of town, and seeing what we can do,” Alexander said.

 

The first round is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning at the Sawgrass Country Club. Live scoring will be available on www.golftstat.com.

 

Tournament Field (Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll Rankings in Parentheses)

Arkansas (12)

Coastal Carolina

Duke (10)

Florida (4)

Furman

Jacksonville

LSU (13)

Mercer

Mississippi

North Florida

North Texas

Tennessee

Tulsa

UAB

UCF

 

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