UAB Fifth After Day One of Gator Invitational

UABSPORTS.COM Rohwer (above) and Sutton are tied for 12th place heading into final round of Gator Invitational
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Rohwer (above) and Sutton are tied for 12th place heading into final round of Gator Invitational
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Feb. 9, 2013

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. ----- Thomas Sutton and Martin Rohwer each fired two-round scores of 142 (+2) to lead the Blazers on day one of the 2013 SunTrust Gator Invitational.  As a team, UAB carded a 36-hole score of 573 (+13) putting them in fifth place, 12-strokes behind tournament leading No. 23 Florida State.

Sutton and Rohwer each set season-bests for 36-hole starts. Sutton began the day with a team low round of even par 70 and followed it up with a two-over par 72 in the afternoon round while Rohwer recorded back-to-back rounds of one-over par 71. The two are currently tied for 12th place overall.

"The guys played well today. It's tricky for them not to have coach Kaufman here, but I think they handled it well," said assistant coach Alan Murray. "I spoke to coach Kaufman earlier and he is proud of how the guys played."

Florida State leads the team standings after firing a one-over par 561 on day one. The Seminoles rebounded from an opening round score of nine-over par 289 with a eight-under par 272 in round two to take a nine-shot lead heading into Sunday's final round.

Third-ranked Florida, who led after 18-holes, and No. 34 North Florida finished the day tied for second place at 10-over par 570. No. 31 Liberty, who shot a 12-over par 572, currently sits in fourth place. UAB came out of the gate strong firing a first round score of three-over par 283 to put the Blazers in second place, one-stroke behind Florida, but fell to fifth after a second round of 290 (+10).

Sophomore Paul Dunne (71-72) shot a season-best 143 (+3) to finish in a tie for 20th place. Juniors Sam Love (71-75) and Wilson McDonald (73-76) rounded out the scoring for UAB with rounds of 146 (+6) and 149 (+9) respectively.

"We're looking at tomorrow as a chance to play well and finish as high as we can. We have a chance to prove ourselves against a tough field."

Individually, Georgia Southern's Scott Wolfes leads the tournament field with a two-round total of four-under 136. Daniel Berger of Florida State sits in second place at two-under par, two-shots behind Wolfes. Six players are tied for third place at even par for the tournament.

The tournament will conclude with 18 holes on Sunday morning with play beginning at 8 a.m. ET.

A complete list of tee times and round three live scoring will be available on golfstat.com.