Gators win – and so do Jaguars
HOLLYWOOD, S.C. – The Florida men’s team rolled to an easy win Feb. 28 at the Charleston Shootout, but runner-up Augusta State also came away a victor. Florida, which entered at No. 27 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and was led by individual medalist T.J. Vogel, finished at 20-under 844 for a 15-shot victory over Augusta State.
But the two-time national champion Jaguars did get some much-needed head-to-head victories in their uphill climb to defend their back-to-back NCAA titles this spring. Augusta State, at No. 50 the only other top-50 team in the Charleston field, entered with a 24-41-1 record, but the Jaguars’ 12-1 mark here improved their overall total to 36-42-1. A .500 or better record is required to qualify for postseason play.
Radford finished third at 6-over 870, followed by Charleston Southern (871) and host team College of Charleston (875).
Vogel, ranked No. 5 individually by Golfweek, continued his recent strong run. Coming off a first place at the JU Invitational and a second at the SunTrust Gator this spring, he finished at 10-under 206, sparked by a second-round 65. Three other Florida players finished in the top 10: Tyler McCumber (fourth), Eric Banks (T-9) and J.D. Tomlinson (T-9).
Charleston Southern teammates Jacobo Pastor (207) and David Denlinger (209) finished second and third, respectively.