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Team leader: Florida (2-under 286)
Individual leader: Tyler McCumber, Florida; T.J. Vogel, Florida; Scott Strohmeyer, Alabama (2-under 70)
In position: T-2. Alabama (298), T-2. South Alabama (296), T-4. Houston (300), T-4. Tennessee (300)
Chasing: 6. Coastal Carolina (302), T-7. Northwestern (303), T-7. LSU (303)
Florida is leading the tournament by 10 shots thanks in large part to its senior leaders. T.J. Vogel and Tyler McCumber each shot 2-under 70 to share the individual lead heading into the second round.
Florida, No. 13 in the Golfweek/ Sagarin College Rankings, is looking for its second victory of the year, but first since its opening tournament of the fall at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, S.C., way back in early September. Last month, the team finished 10th at the 14-team SEC Championship.
Thursday, however, the Gators looked as if they are determined to get back in form for the NCAA Championship.
“We have been waiting for a day like today,” Florida head coach Buddy Alexander said. “Today was solid from the get-go.”
Fourth-seeded Mississippi State, No. 24 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, did not get off on the right foot. The Bulldogs finished the day 22-over 310, leaving them in a share of last place (12th) with Houston Baptist. MSU’s No. 1 player for the week, junior Chad Ramey, shot the team’s low round of the day with a 3-over 75, and two Bulldogs shot in the 80s. The Bulldogs will need some low numbers the next few days to advance to their first NCAA Championship since 2007-08.
Alabama, No. 2 in the Golfweek Rankings, is in second place after Day 1 at The University Club. Scott Strohmeyer is tied with Vogel and McCumber for the individual lead at 2 under. . . . South Alabama, ranked No. 66 by Golfweek, is keeping pace with the top teams. The Jaguars were led by Lane Hulse, No. 299 in the Golfweek Rankings, who shot 1-under 71. . . . Tennessee would have finished a lot better if it weren’t for Nos. 17 and 18 at the University Club. The Volunteers went 7 over on the par-5 and par-4 holes, respectively. Mike Nagy was the only Vol to post pars on both holes.