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Tyler McCumber looks over a putt (Steve Colquitt)

Friday April 19, 2013McCumber Leads Gators on Day One of the SEC Championship

St. Simons Island, Ga.

Tyler McCumber looks over a putt (Steve Colquitt)

Senior Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) led the University of Florida men’s golf team for the first round of the 2013 SEC Championship on Friday, April 19 at the Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga. McCumber recorded a 72 (+2) for the first 18 holes of play and is currently in a tie for 23rd place individually. As a team, Florida recorded a 301 (+21) on the first day at the par-72, 6,898 yard course.

 

“Today was startling,” head coach Buddy Alexander said of the team’s effort. “I never could have imagined that, but there are no excuses.”

 

After opening the event with a three-over par on the front nine, McCumber was one-under for his final nine holes. The senior captain recorded a birdie on the par-four, 14th hole and registered a par on every other hole. McCumber is in his third conference championship of his University of Florida career.

 

In his first tournament since the Masters, senior T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.) registered a 74 (+4) for the first round at the SEC Championship. Vogel is tied for 35th place going into tomorrow’s second round.

 

Sophomore J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla.) was seven-over par for the opening round at the Sea Island Golf Club. Tomlinson had a solid round until the final hole of the day. The Gainesville, Fla. native was two-over par through the first 17 holes of the first round.

 

In his first conference championship of his collegiate career, freshman A.J. Crouch (Jacksonville, Fla.) recorded a 78 (+8) for the first round of play.

 

Sophomore Eric Banks (Truro, Canada) completed the Gators’ lineup on the first day at St. Simons Island. Banks finished the first round in 81 strokes (+11).

 

“We have two more days and hopefully we can improve our position,” Alexander concluded.

 

The second round of the 2013 SEC Men’s Golf Championship will begin tomorrow morning. Banks will be the first golfer from Florida to tee off. Live scoring will be available on Golfstat.com.

 

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Results after Round One

Place

Team

To Par

Round 1

1

Auburn

-5

275

2

South Carolina

-1

279

3

Georgia

+1

281

4

Alabama

+3

283

5

Texas A&M

+5

285

6

Mississippi State

+6

286

7

LSU

+8

288

8

Kentucky

+11

291

9

Missouri

+12

292

10

Vanderbilt

+15

295

11

Arkansas

+17

297

 

Ole Miss

+17

297

13

Tennessee

+19

299

14

Florida

+21

301

 

Top-10 Individuals after Round One

Place

Player (Team)

To Par

Round 1

1

Caleb Sturgeon (South Carolina)

-5

65

2

Niclas Carlsson (Auburn)

-4

66

 

Michael Hebert (Auburn)

-4

66

 

Nicholas Reach (Georgia)

-4

66

5

Sebastian Cappelen (Arkansas)

-1

69

 

Dykes Harbin (South Carolina)

-1

69

 

Trey Mullinax (Alabama)

-1

69

 

Matthew NeSmith (South Carolina)

-1

69

 

Chad Ramey (Mississippi State)

-1

69

 

Curtis Thompson (LSU)

-1

69

 

Cory Whisett (Alabama)

-1

69

 

Florida Results after Round One

Place

Player

To Par

Round 1

t23

Tyler McCumber

+2

72

t35

T.J. Vogel

+4

74

t55

J.D. Tomlinson

+7

77

t62

A.J. Crouch

+8

78

69

Eric Banks

+11

81

 

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