Gator golf team in second at NCAA Tournament heading into second day
The Florida men’s golf team shot an opening round 288 (+4), and are tied for second place overall at the 2012 NCAA Championships, which is being played at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
On Tuesday, the Gators were led by junior Tyler McCumber who shot a bogey-free 68 (-3), which also landed him in a tie for second place.
McCumber started his day with six consecutive pars before breaking through with a birdie at the par-4 seventh. Two more pars at eight and nine saw McCumber go out in 34 (-1). After a stretch of seven-consecutive pars, McCumber carded a birdie on the difficult, par-4, 18th to post his 17th round at or under par on the season.
Senior Michael Furci survived three bogeys on the front to post a 72. Junior T.J. Vogel finished his opening round with a 72, and freshmen J.D. Tomlinson and Eric Banks each posted rounds of 76 (+5) to round out the Gators' lineup.
Play continues today, and the Gators tee off at 3:20. Live scoring for the second round is available through NCAA.com.
“We’re going out in the afternoon and we’ll probably face some wind and tougher conditions, but we need to be able to stay focused and play our game and hopefully put together a round that puts us in contention going into the final round,” UF coach Buddy Alexander said.