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Sunday May 26, 2013Florida Men's Golf in Georgia for 2013 NCAA Championships

Woodstock, Ga.

For the 13th consecutive year, the University of Florida men’s golf team will participate in the NCAA Championships. This year’s national tournament will be played at the Capital City Club – Crabapple Course in Woodstock, Ga. from May 28 – June 2.

 

“Let’s face it; the postseason is what it is all about,” head coach Buddy Alexander stated. “We are going to be measured forever by what we do this week (at the NCAA Championships), last week, at the SEC, and so on and so forth. Nobody remembers what happened at the Gator Invitational in 2004, but I can tell you what we finished in the NCAA that year. I think we have a couple guys playing well at the right time.”

 

The Gators’ lineup for the NCAA Championships had not been finalized at the time of this release. Sophomore J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla.) suffered an injury and may not be available to participate in the national tournament. Seniors Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.), Tommy Mou (Bradenton, Fla.), and T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.), sophomore Eric Banks (Truro, Canada), and freshman A.J. Crouch (Jacksonville, Fla.) will all be in Woodstock, Ga. and ready to go.

 

“We are taking six guys to the NCAA Tournament, which I have never done before,” commented Alexander. “If one doesn’t get to play, then he will have to watch. Hopefully, that will be a good learning experience for him.”

 

Since 2009, the national tournament has been a combination of stroke and match play. The top-eight teams after 54 holes of stroke play advance to an eight team match play playoff. The individual champion is crowned after stroke play.

 

UF has captured four team championships, most recently winning in 2001. In addition, two Gators have returned home with the individual title. UF’s Nick Gilliam was the latest to do it in 2001.

 

In last year’s edition, Florida finished in a tie for 12th place. Individually, McCumber shared reserve medalist honors with TCU’s Julien Brun. He recorded a 211 (-2) to finish in second place in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

 

“I do believe in this team,” Alexander concluded. “I have said that all along. We played well enough in the fall where you have got to believe they have got some game. Then they stepped it up in a big way at the regionals when maybe a lot of people were counting us out. That’s a tribute to them, their resolve. Hopefully, they can continue that next week.”

 

Live scoring will be available through Golfstat.com. In addition, NCAA.com will provide live web streaming staring Thursday, May 30 with the final round of stroke play. All rounds of match play will be available on NCAA.com.

 

NCAA Championships Field (Golfstat Relative Rankings in Parentheses)

1. California (1)

2. Alabama (2)

3. UCLA (3)

4. Texas (4)

5. Washington (5)

6. New Mexico (6)

7. Georgia Tech (7)

8. Arkansas (9)

9. TCU (10)

10. Florida (11)

11. USC (12)
12. Georgia (14)

13. Florida State (15)

14. North Florida (18)

15. Illinois (26)

16. Oklahoma State (16)

17. LSU (17)

18. Auburn (19)

19. South Carolina (20)

20. Texas A&M (21)

21. St. Mary’s (23)

22. Kent State (24)

23. Oklahoma (27)

24. UNLV (28)

25. UCF (31)

26. Tennessee (32)

27. Arizona State (38)

28. Texas Tech (39)

29. Coastal Carolina (46)

30. Ball State (55)

 

Individuals

1. Denny McCarthy, Virginia

2. Dustin Korte, Austin Peay

3. Rodolfo Cazaubon, North Texas

4. Daniel Walker, Richmond

5. Mario Clemens, SMU

6. Tyler Klava, South Alabama

 

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