ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Florida’s Gators fell to the
Crimson tide of Alabama 38-10 on the gridiron on Oct. 1. The Gators
have a chance for some revenge two Saturday’s later, this
matchup occurring on the Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Ga.
Former Gator, and SEC Champion Billy Horschel and Alabama graduate
Michael Thompson, another former SEC Champion, tee off at 1:10 p.m.
ET in Saturday’s final pairing at the McGladrey Classic.
Horschel, at 12 under, leads Thompson and Webb Simpson by two
shots. Horschel and Thompson both competed in the 2007 SEC
Championships at the Seaside Course with Thompson finishing T4 and
Horschel T16, five shots behind him. Thompson entered the final day
a shot behind Horschel, but his final-round 67 created a six-shot
swing. The two were back in the SEC Championships, this event at
Frederica Golf Club (also in St. Simons Island) in 2008. Michael
Thompson was the event medalist as his Crimson Tide rolled to an
eight shot victory in the overall competition. Horschel, whose
Gators came in fourth, was his school’s low-man finishing in
a tie for 7th. Thompson graduated after that championship, but
Horschel returned in 2009 to claim medalist honors at Frederica.
His 206-stroke total was two better than Thompson’s the
previous year, but Horschel’s Gators finished third behind
Georgia and Arkansas. Who followed in Thompson's footsteps as
Alabama’s low scorer in 2009? Bud Cauley, who went out at
11:12 this morning and is currently tied for 43rd at Sea Island.
to follow Horschel and Thompson in the final pairing.