Tomlinson, Donegan lead Gators at Valspar Invitational

Published: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:31 p.m.

PALM CITY — Playing 36 holes of golf on Monday, the Gators were in ninth after shooting a team total 281 (-3) in round one, but slipped in round two with a score of 290 during the first day of the Valspar Invitational at the Floridian.

Junior J.D. Tomlinson (Oak Hall graduate) fired 68 in round one and 67 in round two to finish the evening at 7-under and in a tie for fourth place. The junior penciled in eight birdies and bogeyed just one hole throughout the course of the day.

Shooting two consecutive rounds of 69, sophomore transfer Richard Donegan had his best outing as a Gator, connecting on 11 birdies, including seven in round two. Donegan shot 4-under overall to land inside the top 10 at the close of play.

“We had some positives today. JD (Tomlinson) had a good day, played some great golf. He made one bogey all day. That's what we've been talking about – trying to play smarter and he did it," said Florida coach Buddy Alexander.

"Richard Donegan had his best day as a Gator. I know he's capable of a lot; he's got a lot of horsepower and makes a lot of birdies. Today he cracked down and it showed up on the scoreboard. We still didn't quite get a fourth score in morning round and only got two good ones in afternoon. So, something to build on and something to work toward.”

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