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Monday, October 02, 2023

The Gators knew before they even left for Toledo, Ohio. that the Preview Invitational would host top-notch competition.

The problem isn't coming from the outside competition, however. It's coming from the inside.

The UF men's golf team is in ninth place after it failed to have even one player score in the red in the second round of the Preview.

Toby Ragland, who had the third best score in round one, led UF Monday by shooting an even-par 71.

Ragland started off rocky, double-bogeying the first hole but finished at 1-over par on the front nine and managed to shoot two birdies and a bogey on the back nine.

First-round hero Andres Echavarria had a tough go in the second round, shooting 8-over par, including bogeying four of the back nine holes. His second-round performance dropped him from a tie for second to 30th place.

Tyson Alexander also had a tougher time Monday, shooting a 6-over par, four strokes worse than the first round.

Freshman Mu Hu bettered his first-round score by three strokes, but he still stands at 11-over for the tournament.

All-American Billy Horschel also continued to struggle. A double bogey on the 14th hole doomed Horschel as he finished with a 3-over par 74. It was an improvement from the first round and good enough for second behind Ragland.

Despite the poor play, the team is only 13 strokes behind third place.

Oklahoma State leads team play with a score of 559, 9-under par. Tennessee is the only other school below par.

Morgan Hoffman, of Oklahoma, leads all players with a two-round score of 135 (-7).

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UF is capable of bouncing back, as evidenced in the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Dalton, Ga., where it finished in fifth after a horrendous first round.

If the team can muster a comeback round the like of the Carpet Capital, another top-five finish may not be out of the question.

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