Saturday October 26, 2013Gators Conclude Fall Season at The Invitational at The Ocean Course
In what will be their last tournament of the fall season, the Gators travel to Kiawah Island, S.C., to compete at The Invitational at The Ocean Course this week.
Florida returns to The Ocean Course for the third-consecutive year as the two-time defending tournament champion. In 2012, all five Gators placed in the top 10, as returners A.J. Crouch and Santiago Gavino finished T4, six-over (222) and J.D. Tomlinson claimed a shared spot for eighth (225).
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island played host to the 2007 Senior PGA and 2012 PGA Championships and is only the fourth course to host each of the PGA of America’s major championships.
Course Information: The Ocean Course is a par-72, 7,051 yard course.
Tournament Information: The tournament will run from Oct. 27-29 and is hosted by the College of Charleston.
Sunday’s First Round – 7:50 a.m.
Monday’s Final Round – 7:50 a.m.
Tuesday’s Final Round – 8:00 a.m.
· Junior J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla.) returns to The Ocean Course for the third-consecutive year. Tomlinson finished in the top 25 in 2011 and in the top 10 in 2012. He has played consistent golf for the Gators all fall, recording back-to-back top 10 finishes in the previous two tournaments. Tomlinson was the highest placing Gator at the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate finishing three-over (219) in fourth place.
· Freshman Ryan Orr (Belleair, Fla.) recorded his best performance as a Gator thus far at Crooked Stick by firing rounds of 72-78-74 (224) to claim a top 20 spot. Orr is one of two Florida freshmen to compete in all four fall tournaments.
· Freshman Victor Tarnstrom (Nykvarn, Sweden) will make his fourth-consecutive start for the Orange and Blue at The Ocean Course. Tarnstrom currently holds a season average of 74.89, which is the second best mark on the squad behind teammate Tomlinson.
· Sophomore A.J. Crouch (Jacksonville, Fla.) will make his first appearance for the Gators this fall. Crouch competed at The Ocean Course last fall, shooting rounds of 74-72-76 to grant him a top-five placing, his best finish of his collegiate career.
· Junior Eric Banks (Truro, Canada) returns to Kiawah Island for the first time since his freshman campaign where he collected a top 20 finish and shot a low round of 69.
· Redshirt Junior Santiago Gavino (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) will compete as an individual for Florida for the second time this year. Gavino made his collegiate debut at The Ocean Course in 2012, recording his career-best finish (T4) there.
Buddy’s Bite: “It’s a great golf course and a championship facility. The Ocean Course is an awesome venue, but it’s going to be very difficult depending on weather. It’s on the water so if the wind gets to blowing it could be difficult for us. Typically we play here in September, so we might see some cooler temperatures. This will be the first start this fall for sophomore A.J. Crouch who has played some good golf for us. I am anxious to see him back in the lineup and anxious to finish up the fall on a positive note.”
Eyeing the Competition: Florida will face two conference rivals, Georgia and Kentucky, and one in-state foe, USF, at Kiawah Island. The Gators are seeing Georgia, Georgia Southern, Michigan State and Notre Dame for the second time this fall. Only one team, Georgia (No. 5), is ranked in the top 25 of the Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches’ Poll.
The Field (Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches’ Poll):
College of Charleston
Follow the Gators: Play will begin tomorrow as the field tees off at 7:50 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.