Baton Rouge Regional: Vogel, Florida still lead Tide
Friday, May 17, 2013
Team leader: Florida (4-over 578)
Individual leader: T.J. Vogel (3-under 141)
In position: 2. Alabama (586), 3. South Alabama (593), 4. Houston (596), T-5. Coastal Carolina (597), T-5. LSU (597)
Chasing: 7. Tennessee (604), 8. Northwestern (607), 9. Alabama-Birmingham (608)
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Rounding into form
T.J. Vogel is in the lead at the Baton Rouge Regional after Friday’s second round, turning around what hasn’t been the best of spring seasons.
After finishing seventh or better in all four fall events for the Gators, Vogel had surgery in December to repair three hernias and eliminate groin pain.
Since his return from surgery, his best finish has been T-22 at the Chris Schenkel Invitational. His scoring average for the spring was 73.86 over a five-tournament stretch.
Not great numbers for someone with a resume as good as Vogel’s. At Florida, Vogel has 18 top 10s and also notched a victory at the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Link Championship, which ultimately allowed him to play in the 2013 Masters.
A win here would no doubt put his not-so-successful spring starts out of his mind.
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The scoring average at The University Club in Baton Rough, La., was lower Friday, but a quick glance at the leaderboard wouldn’t make you think that. After 36 holes, no teams is under par for the tournament.
As for individuals, only four of the 75 players in the field are under par – and three of those are Florida Gators. After Vogel, Florida senior Tyler McCumber is second at 2-under 142 and Florida sophomore Erik Banks is tied for third with Alabama’s Scott Strohmeyer at 1 under.
The scoring average was down by .33 compared to Thursday's first round, although no holes played under par in Round 2.
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There has been only one score in the 60s all week, and it came from Houston’s Kyle Pilgrim. He shot 3-under 69 on Friday and is T-14 at 4-over 148. . . . Second-ranked Alabama was six shots better in the second round, but the Crimson Tide still is eight shots back of the Gators. . . . Host LSU has jumped into contention. Curtis Thompson, brother of LPGA player Lexi Thompson and PGA Tour player Nicholas Thompson, shot 1-under 71 Friday as the team climbed to a tie for fifth.