Gators take 5-shot lead at regionals


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KISSIMMEE — Florida’s men’s golf team is on a record-setting pace through two rounds of the NCAA Regionals.

Florida is 25-under-par Tuesday and in the lead by five strokes after 36 holes of play at the Watson Course at Reunion Resort. Twenty-five-under is tied for the seventh lowest score in school history.

“It was another outstanding day for our team. We are seeing what we look like when all five guys are going. 13-under-par is very impressive,” UF coach J.C. Deacon said.

“Although we have played two great rounds, we have some unfinished business to take care of. I expect to see our most focused and committed golf in tomorrow’s final round. We’ve waited a whole year for this opportunity.”

All five Gators are below par and inside the top 25 of the leaderboard with Andy Zhang and John Axelsen are squarely in contention for the individual title. Zhang fired his second 4-under round of the tournament and is in a three-way tie for first with Kyler Tate of UCF and Austin Hitt of North Carolina.

Axelsen will start the final day one shot back of the leader as a 68 (-4) in round two helped him jump into a tie for fourth place with Ian Holt of Kent State.

In the first group out on the course Tuesday, Alejandro Tosti set the pace with a 3-under that included six birdies including a stretch of three straight from holes No. 8 to No. 10. Chris Nido was the fourth Florida player to card a score below par as his round of 70 (-2) puts him in a tie for 15th on the leaderboard.

The Gators as a whole carded a second round score of 275 (-13) which was the best score on the course by two strokes.

Florida will be paired with UCF (-20) and Kent State (-16) in the final round Wednesday.