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Monday March 3, 2014Gators Sit at Even Par After Round Two of USF Invitational

Dade City, Fla.

Improving six strokes as a team today, Florida shot three-under on the afternoon and finished round two in ninth place (285). No. 21 South Florida climbed the leaderboard today after shooting 19-under (269) to land in first place as the Bulls are now 26-under overall, pacing No. 17 Florida State by nine strokes.

 

Freshman Ryan Orr and junior J.D. Tomlinson tallied under-par rounds, as Orr fired a 71 for the second consecutive day and Tomlinson carded a 72. Orr penciled in five birdies and now sits T20 while Tomlinson made just two and currently shares a spot for 30th.

 

Most notable on the afternoon was junior Eric Banks who matched his career-low round score of 68 after making a team-leading six birdies today. Banks’ performance was his best of season, scoring his last 68 in the 2013 Chris Schenkel Invitational.

 

Freshman Victor Tarnstrom and sophomore Richard Donegan carded a 76 and 74, respectively, while redshirt junior Santiago Gavino, who is competing as an individual for the Gators, slid to three-over after scoring a 76 today.

 

Buddy’s Bite: “Today was positive. The golf course was a little tougher today, there was a lot more wind and obviously the scores were a little higher. So, this was solid. It wasn’t spectacular, but hopefully it’s a starting point of moving forward with some better play.”

 

The Orange and Blue Crew:

USF Invitational – Florida Player Results after Round Two

Place

Player

Rd 1

Rd 2

T20

Ryan Orr

-1 (71)

-1 (71)

T30

J.D. Tomlinson

-1 (71)

E (72)

T47

Eric Banks

+6 (78)

-4 (68)

T52

Santiago Gavino*

-1 (71)

+4 (76)

T61

Victor Tarnstrom

+1 (73)

+4 (76)

T69

Richard Donegan

+4 (76)

+2 (74)

 

*competed as an individual

 

Leaderboard (Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches’ Poll):

USF Invitational – Team Scores After Round Two

Place

Team

Score

1

South Florida (21)

-26 (550)

2

Florida State (17)

-17 (559)

3

Illinois (6)

-16 (560)

4

Mercer

-14 (562)

5

UNC Greensboro

-11 (565)

6

Memphis

-10 (566)

7

Auburn (24)

-7 (569)

8

Purdue

-6 (570)

9

FLORIDA

E (576)

T10

College of Charleston

+3 (579)

T10

Ohio State

+3 (579)

12

Cincinnati

+4 (580)

13

Marquette

+10 (586)

T14

Eastern Michigan

+11 (587)

T14

Wisconsin

+11 (587)

16

DePaul

+13 (589)

17

Air Force

+16 (592)

 

Follow the Gators: Play will continue tomorrow with the third and final round of the USF Invitational as Florida is set to tee off at approximately 8 a.m. Tee times and 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.

 

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