Tigers Finish 11th at Gator Invitational
Feb. 12, 2012
Steve Lee, the University of Memphis men's golf team posted an 11th-place showing at the Gator Invitational. The Tigers turned in team rounds of 293-294-305--892 in one of college golf's strongest fields of the season.
"I'm very disappointed in how we played," Memphis head coach Grant Robbins said. "We are a much better team than that and just have to learn from it and keep working to get better."
Lee carded scores of 72-70-73 en route to his top-ten finish. Grant Milner turned in the second-best performance of the weekend for Memphis, firing scores of 72-78-73 to post a 223 tournament total and finish in a tie for 35th position. After carding scores of 74-68 in the first two rounds, Jonathan Fly struggled to a final-round 83 and finished with a three-day total of 225 and a 44th-place showing. Jack Belote (75-78-81--234) and Will Perason (80-79-78--237) finished 68th and 71st, respectively.
Tee times Sunday were pushed back to the 10 o'clock hour due a frost delay and scores in the third round were significantly higher than Saturday. Memphis turned in a final round 305 (+25) and finished four strokes behind 10th-place Georgia Southern with a tournament total of 892.
Auburn, which held a five stroke advantage after the first two rounds, continued its strong play with a 288 (+8) team total in the third round en route to claiming a 16-stroke victory over Arkansas, which carded consistent scores of 288-289-287 at the Mark Bostic Golf Course at the University of Florida.
Tournament-host and 33rd-ranked Florida, which had won its tournament in 24 of the previous 31 seasons, finished in third with a three-day score of 865. Fellow C-USA member UCF finished in fourth with a total of 871.
Day one individual leader Dominic Bozzelli (Auburn) fired an even-par 70 in the final round en route to claiming medalist honors with a tournament total of 202. TJ Vogel (Florida) maintained his runner-up position by also firing 70 in the final round, while Blayne Barber (Auburn), Chase Seifert (Florida State) and Ethan Tracy (Arkansas) all tied for third place with tournament totals of 213.
The Tigers will now return to Memphis for eight days of practice before again heading south--this time playing in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate hosted by the University of South Alabama on Feb. 20-21. Memphis finished sixth in the even last year and was paced by Fly, who finished sixth individually.
"I really like our team, and we have a quick turnaround coming up," Robbins said. "We just have to work and practice and a great chance to bounce back."