Sunday September 29, 2013Gators Set to Play at Shoal Creek Intercollegiate
Looking to rebound from a shaky first start, the Florida men’s golf team travels to Birmingham, Ala. to compete in their second tournament of the fall at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate tomorrow.
The Gators return to Shoal Creek for the first time since 2005 when Florida stars and current PGA Tour members Matt Every and Billy Horschel headlined the roster.
The Homecoming to Shoal Creek will be an emotional one, as it always is, for Head Coach Buddy Alexander. Alexander, a two-time All-American collegiate golfer, scored the 1986 U.S. Amateur Championship at the Shoal Creek course.
Course Information: Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club is a par-72, 7,234 yard course.
Tournament Information: Monday, Sept. 30 – Tuesday, Oct. 1; 54 hole-event hosted by the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Monday Field – 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday Field – 2:30 p.m.
· Junior Eric Banks (Truro, Canada) didn’t have the performance he would have liked to at the Gators’ first fall tournament, shooting rounds of 76-77-75, but is looking to rebound this week at Shoal Creek.
· Junior J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla.) led the squad at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational earlier this month, finishing T29 and 11-over overall (75-76-70). Tomlinson shot even par on the last day of competition to help push Florida out of last place and finish 14th.
· Freshman Ryan Orr (Belleair, Fla.) will make his second-consecutive collegiate appearance at Shoal Creek for Florida this week after recording rounds of 80-75-76 at Olympia Fields.
· Junior Thomas Stewart (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) will make his first top-five start for the Orange and Blue after shooting a 65 in qualifying rounds to play his way in. Stewart last competed as an individual in the 2013 Gator SunTrust Invitational where he shot a career-best 214 (+4) and finished T20.
· Freshman Victor Tarnstrom (Nykvarn, Sweden) appears for the second-straight time for Florida. Tarnstrom looks to settle down in his game after finishing T50 at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.
· Redshirt Junior Santiago Gavino (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) will compete as an individual for the Gators for the first time in his college career. Gavino played in four tournaments last year, notching his best finish (T4) at the Invitational at the Ocean Course shooting 72-75-75.
Buddy’s Bite: “When you play poorly the first time out, you’re anxious to get back out there and play again and rectify a little bit. Again, a very young team for the lineup; three juniors and two freshmen this time. Gavino is playing as an individual. It’s tough to not include him in the lineup. I had to make a tough choice because he can play as well as anybody on the team. He can be a little inconsistent, but his good stuff is extremely good and we could use that, but I just felt like we should go with these young guys to give them a chance and see what they can do. It’s a great venue and a special place for me. I think that we are capable of having success in this field. That doesn’t mean we’re going to run up there and win this golf tournament because there are some very good golf teams in this event. We will have to have our good stuff to win. But that’s why you play.”
Eyeing the Competition: Florida will face SEC-rivals Missouri and Ole Miss along with in-state foes UCF and North Florida at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate. All of the teams competing this week, except Central Florida (18), are ranked outside the top-25 in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches’ Poll. Last year marked the first time since 2008 that the Shoal Creek tournament was held, where LSU took the team-champion crown. They are not in attendance this year.
The Field (Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches’ Poll):
Follow the Gators: Play will begin tomorrow as the entire field tees off together at 9:30 a.m. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com. A complete recap with full results will be posted on GatorZone.com following the day’s play.