Eagles Move Into Ninth on Final Day of Gator Invitational
“We played better today after a rough start in round one,” said head coach Larry Mays. “Ryan Zabroske bounced back and posted a solid final round.
“But we sort of dug ourselves a hole with our opening round and we can’t do that in order to compete with the caliber of teams we are facing. We still have some work to do, but we will work harder and build on this experience.”
Zabroske sandwiched birdies around a 13th hole bogey and capped the front nine with a birdie on 18 to take the turn at 2-under 33. The Alpharetta, Ga., native launched another two birdies on the back nine, but leveled his scorecard with two bogeys to finalize a team-low 68 to mark his first sub-par round of the spring campaign. Zabroske led the Eagles, finishing tied for 19th at 218 (+8), while fellow senior Spence Fulford (Rocky Mount, N.C.) finished two strokes behind Zabroske with a 220 (+10). Fulford fired pars on 12 of the final 18 holes to card a 4-over 74 to tie for 29th.
Matt Deal (Statesboro, Ga.) and Joe Monte (Chantilly, Va.) closed out the tournament within one stroke of each other shooting a 75 and 76, respectively. Deal concluded the tournament tied for 42nd with a 223, while Monte closed the 54-hole event in a tie for 45th at 224.
Rounding out the Eagles’ lineup, Florian Sander (Bregenz, Austria) carded his lowest round of the event on the final day with a 74. Sander highlighted the final 18 with a birdie on hole seven to close out the tournament at 226 in 57th place.
Florida recorded its seventh straight team championship with a 1-over 841. No. 16 Florida State passed Chattanooga to claim second-place with an 859 (+19) with Chattanooga taking third 10 strokes behind at 869. Lamar secured fourth (870), while Duke and LSU rounded out the top 5 tied with 872s.
Jonathan Randolph of Mississippi took individualist honors with an even-par 210, carding the day’s second lowest round with a 67. Andrew Loupe (LSU) finished one shot back, while three players tied for third with matching 212s.
Georgia Southern will take a one week break before heading back into action at the John Hayt Invitational, Feb. 28-March 2 in Ponte Vedra, Fla.
1. Florida (283-279-279=841) +1
2. Florida State (283-281-285=859) +19
3. Chattanooga (282-289-298=869) +29
4. Lamar (295-294-281=870) +30
T5. Duke (300-288-284=872) +32
T5. LSU (297-297-278=872) +32
7. North Florida (296-291-286=873) +33
8. Central Florida (296-292-291=879) +39
9. Georgia Southern (301-291-291=883) +43
10. Mississippi (299-289-298=886) +46
11. UAB (297-294-299=890) +50
12. Coastal Carolina (300-304-294=898) +58
13. Mississippi State (302-303-295=900) +60
14. Georgia State (300-304-297=901) +61
Georgia Southern Results
T19. Ryan Zabroske (76-74-68=218) +8
T29. Spence Fulford (73-73-74=220) +10
T42. Matt Deal (75-73-75=223) +13
T45. Joe Monte (77-71-76=224) +14
57. Florian Sander (77-75-74=226) +16
- Category: Golf
- Published on Sunday, 14 February 2010 20:21