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  • 6-0, 143
  • Senior
  • Medellin, Colombia, South America (Instituto Jorge Robledo)

At Florida - (2000-2001) Second team All-SEC selection...Named to the 2001 SEC Academic Honor Roll...Tied for second at the NCAA Championships with a tournament total of 279 (-9)...Tied for 10th with a score of 210 (-6) at the NCAA East Regional...Finished 12th at the Atlanta Intercollegiate with a tournament total of 216 (E)...Shot a 72 (E) the second round of the US Collegiate and finished with a 227 (+11) in 45th place...Finished tied for 45th with a stroke total of 223 (+7) at the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational...Shot a third round 70 (-2) at the Las Vegas Intercollegiate to finish with a 219 total and in a tie for 22nd... Shot rounds of 72, 67, and 71 for a total of 210 (-6) and a tie for fourth place at the UNF Mercedes-Benz Collegiate...Took medalists honors at the SunTrust Gator Ivitational with a tournament record score of 196 (-14) and was named the SEC Golfer of the Week ...Tied for 28th at the Rolex/Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Collegiate Invitational with scores of 73-71-69--213 (-3)...Had first top-10 finish of the season at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate after a tie for eighth with rounds of 76-70-70--216(E)... Tied for 55th at the Carpet Capital Collegiate after posting a 15-over-par 231 with rounds of 75-72-84...Carded rounds of 73-73-75--221(+5) to finish in a tie for 32nd at the first tournament of the season, The Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions...

(1999-2000) Named first-team All-SEC...Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll...Had the lowest stroke average on the team with a 73.06...Was ranked 55th in the country according to the final Mastercard Collegiate Golf Rankings for the spring...Had 16 rounds even or below par last season...Had three top-five finishes...Tied for 66th at the NCAA East Regional, after carding rounds of 74-74-82-230 (+17)...Placed fourth at the Atlanta Intercollegiate after firing rounds of 74-70-71 to finish 1-under-par 215...Carded rounds of 74-72-76 to tie for 19th place at the SEC Championships at 6-over-par 222...Tied for 21st at the U.S. Collegiate Championships after posting rounds of 69-73-75 for a total of 1-over-par 217...The Gators' top finisher for three straight weeks...At the Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational, he finished tied for 12th, carding rounds of 68-72-72 to finish at 4-under-par 212...Tied for 23rd after posting rounds of 71-71-74 for even-par 216 at the Las Vegas Invitational...Was the runner-up at the UNF Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship after losing in a playoff to UNF's David Bennett...Posted rounds of 67-71-73 to finish at 5-under-par 211...Helped the Gators win two consecutive team titles (Mercedes-Benz and Gator Invitational)...Was named the SEC Golfer of the Week for the week of Feb. 15-22...Tied for fourth place at the SunTrust Gator Invitational after carding rounds of 72-65-67 for a 6-under-par total of 204...His round of 65 was a career-low...Was 16-over-par 232 at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate...Finished 14-over-par 227 at the Jerry Pate Invitational...Shot 68-75-72 to tie for 12th at 1-under-par 215 at the Carpet Capital Collegiate...Finished at 13-over-par 229 in the first tournament of the season, The Preview Invitational...

(1998-99) Earned All-America Honorable Mention accolades...Received All-SEC first team honors...Competed in all 15 tournaments, posting a stroke average of 73.06...Finished the season with 10 rounds under par and six top-10 finishes...Tied for 39th-place at the NCAA Championship tournament...Led the team in scoring in his first NCAA East Regional appearance, where he finished seventh (213)...Led the way for UF at the Maxwell Invitational with a 2-over-par 212 total to finish second...Became the first freshman in Florida history (second in SEC history) to win an SEC individual title, carding a 2-over-par 218...Made birdie on the second hole of the first sudden-death playoff of tournament history at the Louisiana Classics to give the Gators the victory...Tied for 16th at that tournament...Was tied for 47th after round one of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship but shot a final round 4-under-par 68 and grabbed the seventh-place finish with 2-over-par 218...Finished third in the Nationsbank Gator Invitational shooting 5-under-par 205, to help the team capture its first win of the season...Competed in the first tournament of the season, finishing 20th... Tied for 25th at the Windon Memorial Classic, shooting 5-over-par 149.

Amateur Competition - Took medalist honors at the 2000 U.S. Amateur Sectional qualifier in Orlando, Fla., with his score of six-under-par 138...Missed the cut for the U.S. Amateur by three strokes...Competed at the 2000 Northeast Amateur in June, finishing 33rd...Competed in the 1999 U.S. Amateur, missing the cut for match play by five strokes...Competed in the 1999 Northeast Amateur, placing 27th...Advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1999 North-South Amateur...Finished 15th in the Southeastern Tournament in Columbus, Ga....Competed in the Florida State Amateur in Orlando, Fla....Played in the U.S. Open Qualifier, where he qualified for the second qualifying tourney at Bay Hill Country Club.

Prep - Joined the Gators as a relative unknown in the United States...A three-time South American Junior Champion...Was the first Latin American to win the Orange Bowl Golf Tournament in 1997...Named the best student at the Instituto Jorge Robeldo in Medellin, Colombia...Considered to be one of the top golfers in South America...Attended Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale his sophomore year as an exchange student, and competed on the golf team.

Personal - Born May 2, 1979 in Colombia... Lists Pete Sampras as his favorite sports personality...Admires his mother because of her determination...parents are Alvaro Benedetti and Berta Lucia Ortiz...majoring in Business Administration.

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