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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Sparked by the top three players on the individual leaderboard, Florida is in first place after two rounds at the NCAA South Regional on Friday. The Gators recorded a 292 (+4) for the second round at the University Club and lead second-place Alabama by eight strokes heading into Saturday’s third and final round.

“First of all, we have three guys playing up a storm,” head coach Buddy Alexander said. “We are in a good spot with a chance to win and a good spot to qualify.”

Sophomore Eric Banks and senior T.J. Vogel paced the Gators on the second day of competition. Both Banks and Vogel scored a 71 (-1) on Friday. It marked Banks’ first round under par since the second round of the Gary Koch Invitational on April 8. At 1-under par through two rounds, Banks is tied for third place. Fueled by two consecutive rounds under par, Vogel is on top of the individual leaderboard at 3-under par.

Senior captain Tyler McCumber finished at even-par on Friday at the par-72, 7,436 yard course. For the fourth consecutive round, McCumber finished at one-under par. He is 2-under for the tournament and in second place.

“This is uncharted waters for Eric Banks,” Alexander said. “T.J. Vogel and Tyler McCumber have been there before. Tyler could actually be going for his first win in his collegiate career [on Saturday].”

Classmate J.D. Tomlinson registered a 78 (+6) for the second round of the event and is 11-over par through two rounds.

Senior Tommy Mou rounded out the Gators’ lineup on the second day of competition. Mou recorded an 82 (+10) and is 12-over par through the first two rounds of the regional tournament.

Competition will conclude Saturday with the third and final round.