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Sunday March 10, 2013Florida Comes in Eighth at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters

Las Vegas, Nev.

Despite another uncooperative day, weather-wise, the eighth-ranked University of Florida men’s golf team finished in eighth place at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters on Sunday, March 10 at the Southern Highlands Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nev. The team recorded a final-round 295 (+7) to complete the event in 891 strokes total.

 

“We played a little better today,” head coach Buddy Alexander said. “We were able to move up the leaderboard.”

 

For the second time in three days, play was delayed due to weather-related issues. Play was delayed one hour in the morning due to frost on the course. When golfers were finally able to take the course, strong gusts of wind made things difficult for the field.

 

Freshman A.J. Crouch (Jacksonville, Fla.) and sophomore Eric Banks (Truro, Canada) were able to persist through the conditions and led the Gators on the third and final day. Both golfers recorded a 72 (E) at the par-72, 7,510 yard course. Crouch and Banks were two of 14 golfers to record a round at or under par on the final day of competition.

 

For Crouch, it was his fourth round at or under par of the season, which ranks third on the team. He was the team’s lowest scorer on the weekend; registering a three-round total of 218 (+2), his best 54-hole score of the year. Crouch just missed out on his second top-10 finish of his career, finishing in a tie for 11th place.

 

Banks recovered from a rough start to his third round. The sophomore was two-over par after his first seven holes. He recorded two birdies over his last 11 holes to finish at even-par, marking his second score of the tournament that was at or below par. Banks completed the event in 222 strokes (+6), good enough for a tie for 25th place.

 

Senior Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) finished the final round at two-over par. McCumber came in 24th place after scoring a 221 (+5) for the three-round event.

 

Senior T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.) and sophomore J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla.) were the final two UF participants. Vogel scored a final-round 77 (+5), while Tomlinson was seven-over par on the last day in Las Vegas.

 

“Golf is a strange game,” Alexander commented. “Last year, Tomlinson and Vogel were our low scorers and they struggled this year. This year, our four and five guys (Banks and Crouch) did well. We still have a lot of work to do.”

 

The team will be back in action next weekend at the Chris Schenkel Invitational. The three-day event will be from March 15-17 at the Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga.

 

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Final Results

Place

Team

To Par

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Total

1

California

-8

285

280

291

856

t2

Alabama

+5

289

288

292

869

t2

New Mexico

+5

291

290

288

869

4

UCLA

+6

291

291

288

870

5

Stanford

+12

286

290

300

876

t6

Georgia Tech

+23

295

294

298

887

t6

Oklahoma State

+23

296

295

296

887

8

Florida

+27

292

304

295

891

9

UNLV

+28

299

297

296

892

t10

USC

+29

293

300

300

893

t10

Duke

+29

297

294

302

893

12

Texas

+37

306

302

293

901

13

Georgia

+40

303

304

297

904

14

Texas A&M

+41

292

297

316

905

15

Oklahoma

+50

298

302

314

914

 

Top 10 Individuals

Place

Player (School)

To Par

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Total

1

Patrick Rodgers (Stanford) *

-4

66

73

73

212

t2

James Erkenbeck (New Mexico)

-4

69

72

71

212

t2

Michael Kim (California)

-4

76

67

69

212

t2

Cory Whitsett (Alabama)

-4

68

73

71

212

5

Cameron Wilson (Stanford)

-1

71

71

73

215

6

Gavin Green (New Mexico)

E

76

73

67

216

t7

Anton Arboleda (UCLA)

+1

71

72

74

217

t7

Max Homa (California)

+1

72

72

73

217

t7

T.J. Mitchell (Georgia)

+1

73

75

69

217

t7

Scott Strohmeyer (Alabama)

+1

70

73

74

217

* Rodgers won in a one-hole playoff

 

Florida Results

Place

Player

To Par

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Total

t11

A.J. Crouch

+2

73

73

72

218

24

Tyler McCumber

+5

73

74

74

221

t25

Eric Banks

+6

71

79

72

222

t62

T.J. Vogel

+14

75

78

77

230

t71

J.D. Tomlinson

+19

77

79

79

235

 

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