Roundup: Men's golf advances at NCAAs

Top-seeded UF women's tennis plays at 1 p.m. Sunday

Published: Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:26 p.m.

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Florida men's golf team advanced Saturday to the NCAA Championships after finishing in second place behind Alabama at the South Regional.

The Gators, who are making their 13th consecutive trip to the national tournament, which is the longest current streak in the country, recorded an 874 (+10) for the three-round event at the University Club.

“We had a great week, not too stressful.” UF coach Buddy Alexander said. “It was great to see T.J. Vogel play so well. It's is great to see him back. Tyler McCumber did well and has been exceptional lately.”

McCumber and Vogel, both seniors, were the team's two lowest scorers for the regional tournament. Each player scored a 215 (-1) and tied for third place.

Sophomore Eric Banks tied for 17th place after scoring a 224 (+8) at the par-72, 7,436 yard course. Fueled by a final-round 72 (E), senior Tommy Mou tallied a 228 (+12) in Baton Rouge. Mou tied for 34th place in his second regional tournament of his collegiate career. Sophomore J.D. Tomlinson wrapped up the Gators' lineup, finishing in 232 strokes (+16).

“You have to give credit to Alabama,” Alexander said. “They are a great team who have won six of seven starts this semester. When their No. 4 guy (Scott Strohmeyer 212 (-4)) wins on a difficult course, you have to give them credit. At the end of the day though, it is always good to be going to the NCAA Championships.”

The Gators will be back in action May 28 at the NCAA Championships in Woodstock, Ga. The national tournament will begin with three rounds of stroke play. The top-eight teams after stroke play will advance to match play, which will determine the winner of the team championship.

Women's tennis: Top-seeded Florida (25-2) will play No. 8 California (19-5) in the NCAA quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.

“We had a chance to watch them in the round of 16 match and it looks like all of their players roll the ball and have a high ball tolerance which is kind of like our M.O.,” UF coach Roland Thornqvist said. “From that, I would guess that our match is going to be a long one.”

The Gators sport a 22-4 all-time record in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. This is the fourth straight year and the eighth time in the last nine years Florida has reached at least this round of the event.

The winner of Sunday's match advances to the semifinals and will play the winner of the match between No. 4 Georgia (24-3) and No. 12 Stanford (19-4) on Monday at 6 p.m.

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