Roundup: Florida men's golf improves at NCAA Championships


Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 9:38 p.m.

The University of Florida men's golf team rebounded from a rough start with a solid 3-over 283 Wednesday during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Championships in Woodstock, Ga.

The Gators sit at 26th place for the event at 14-over heading into Thursday's final round at the Capital City Club's Crabapple Course..

“The difference between playing in the morning and the afternoon can be pretty significant,” head coach Buddy Alexander said. “Obviously the greens were much softer today. There wasn't as much wind and I thought the hole locations were a lot easier today.”

Senior Tyler McCumber and sophomore J.D. Tomlinson led the Gators, each finishing at 1-under on the par-70 course. The scores marked UF's first two rounds under par at this year's national tournament.

Starting on hole No. 10, McCumber opened his second round with a bogey. The senior rallied with two straight birdies, and recorded par on each of the remaining holes on the back nine.

McCumber birdied No. 2 and No. 3, but bogeys on the No. 4 and No. 9 holes put him back to 1-under for the day. He is tied for 42nd place.

Tomlinson rallied from a first-round 10-over 80 to score his 1-under 69 on the second day of the tournament. Senior T.J. Vogel finished at 2-over for the second consecutive day.

Eric Banks followed a strong first round, shooting 1-over. Banks registered birdies on two of the final five holes. Tommy Mou shot 5-over for the second day in a row.

“It's disappointing,” Alexander said. “We have driven the ball really well all year long and have driven the ball poorly this week. Tee to greens, greens in regulation, we have been solid statistically all year long. We haven't hit greens and we sure haven't made any putts. When all three facets of the game are not particularly good, it doesn't matter how hard you try or how smart you play. You're just not going to get it done. That is what is happening so far.”

The top-eight teams after the final round will advance to match play, which will decide the 2013 National Championship. The Gators tee off at 7:50 a.m. Thursday. Live scoring will be available through Golfstat.com.

FLORIDA SOFTBALL: On the eve of the start of the Women's College World Series, Gator softball players Hannah Rogers and Lauren Haeger were selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association

NFCA Division I First Team on Wednesday.

The honor makes Rogers a three-time All-American, one for each year of her Gator career. Haeger picks up All-America honors for the first time after being a NFCA All-Southeast Region First Team selection in 2012 and 2013. During her freshman year in 2011, Rogers became UF's second-ever freshman All-American.

The accolades total 12 All-Americans and 24 All-America honors under Gator coach Tim Walton, who has directed the Florida softball program to its fifth Women's College World Series in school history.

Under Walton, Florida has advanced to the WCWS five of the last six years, including appearances in the championship series in both 2009 and 2011. Walton has tutored at least one All-American seven of his eight years at the helm of the UF program.

Rogers is Florida's third softball student-athlete to be named at least a three-time All-American during her Gator tenure, joining former Gators Stacey Nelson (2007, 2008, 2009), Francesca Enea (2008, 2009, 2010) and Aja Paculba (2008, 2009, 2011).

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