UF men's golf tied for 25th at NCAA Championships
Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 10:06 p.m.
WOODSTOCK, Ga. — The Florida men's golf team is off to a tough start after the first day of the 2013 NCAA Championships, carding an 11-over 291 on Tuesday that placed the Gators tied for 25th with Southern California.
“It was a long day today,” Florida coach Buddy Alexander said. “We could not seem to get anything going. It was pretty disappointing.”
Leading the Gators at the par-70 Crabapple Course at the Capital City Club were seniors Tyler McCumber and T.J. Vogel, and sophomore Eric Banks, who each finished at 2-over for the day.
McCumber, the team's top player statistically, was solid on the front nine at 1-under. In the final nine holes. Vogel recorded a team-best three birdies on the day, but could not capitalize on the positive swing.
“He just couldn't get any momentum,” Alexander said. “He birdied No. 5, bogeyed No. 7 when he was buried in the lip. He birdied No. 10, then doubled on No. 12. He birdied on No. 15, then a poor drive on No. 16 and (he) makes a bogey.”
Banks, like McCumber, had an excellent front nine. He was 1-under when he made the turn, but a bogey on No. 13 and double-bogey on No. 17 put him back.
Senior Tommy Mou was 5-over for the first round, while sophomore J.D. Tomlinson wrapped up the Gators' lineup at 10-over.
The team continues play at 8:10 a.m. today on the No. 10 hole. Live scoring will be available through Golfstat.com.
WOMEN'S GOLF: Florida junior Elcin Ulu was selected to the 2013 SEC Community Service Team, the league office announced. The SEC names a community service team for each of its sponsored sports, looking to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to the community through service efforts.
Along with being a key player in Florida's run to its third-straight NCAA Championship appearance, Ulu volunteered numerous hours in the community. Ulu helped with the Miracle on Main Street, which provides families the opportunity to shop for presents donated through gifts from the community. With the help of athletes like Ulu, more than 1,000 children in the area received presents under the Christmas tree.
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