Horsfield Leads Gators on Day Two of Southern Highlands

Horsfield shot a one-under 71 and moved to even-par for the tournament. LAS VEGAS – Florida’s men’s golf team carded a 303 (+15) in the second round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate on Tuesday, which places the Gators in a tie for 12 th at 19 over-par.

Sophomore Sam Horsfield notched three birdies en route to a one-under 71 on Tuesday to bring him to even par for the tournament and in a tie for 16 th .
In addition, each Gator recorded a pair of birdies on the second day of competition.

Following two rounds of play, USC remains atop the team leaderboard, having an overall score of 569 (-7) after shooting a 291 (+3) in the second round. California’s Collin Morikawa kept hold of the top spot scores, carding a one-under 71 in the second round to move to 137 (-7) for the tournament.

The Gators are back in action tomorrow at the Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas for the third and final round at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Head Coach J.C. Deacon
On his team’s performance during the second round…
"It was a disappointing day for all of us. We had a chance to go out and execute all of the things we have been working on the last three weeks, but we weren’t able to do that and our scores showed the results. Sam Horsfield had a great day and really helped the team. We’re at a big moment in the season as we’re finding out what this team is all about. We’ll see what kind of toughness we have tomorrow."

On what the Gators need to improve upon…
"All of the things that we have worked on to face adversity. Shooting at pins we shouldn’t shoot at, reacting to bad shots the way we’ve been taught not to react, wasting energy complaining. When we actually faced some adversity today, it wilted us and we paid the price for it in the score. It’s something we just have to get better at if we want to be a championship team."

On Sam Horsfield ‘s under-par round…
"It was a really, really impressive round. He had a lot of good shots, as he hit 17 greens in regulation today, which is really impressive on this golf course. Sam is really close to playing a big-time round and we’re all excited for him and happy that he’s back. We’re looking forward to see what he can do tomorrow and the rest of the year."

On what would be a positive result for his team on the final day…
"A positive result tomorrow would be if the guys go out and play for each other, quit being selfish, stay disciplined, make the right decisions and react to shots with their teammates in mind instead of just thinking about themselves. That’s what we’re going to do, we’re going to play as a team tomorrow, play for each other and we’ll let the golf take care of itself."