Florida cruises to 24-shot victory at Kiawah

T.J. Vogel led Florida to a victory at the Invitational at Kiawah.

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Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is notorious for being one of the country’s most difficult courses. It lived up to its reputation at the Invitational at Kiawah. Florida, No. 8 in Golfweek’s preseason rankings, shot 18-over 882 at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, but that was good enough for a 24-shot victory Sept. 11 over Texas-Arlington.

Florida had four of the top five players on the leaderboard. The top spot went to Georgia Southern sophomore Scott Wolfes, the 2012 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year. He shot 4-over 220 (73-67-80) to finish one shot ahead of the Gators' T.J. Vogel (73-71-77), the U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, and Tyler McCumber (72-70-79). Vogel (second team) and McCumber (honorable mention) were All-Americans last season.

Wolfes started the day with a two-shot lead, but his 80 – including two double-bogeys – was enough to win. The Ocean Course played to a 79.1 scoring average for the event, including 80.5 in the final round. The lowest score posted was a 2-over 74.

“It was an unbelievable day of golf, from a wind standpoint,” Florida head coach Buddy Alexander said. “The golf course was brutal, especially the last five holes.”

Vogel made the turn at 1 under but shot 6-over 42 on the back nine, playing Nos. 14-16 in 4 over. McCumber bogeyed his final two holes.

Florida freshman A.J. Crouch (74-72-76) and redshirt sophomore Santiago Gavino (72-75-75) tied for fourth at 6-over 222.

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