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Friday June 2, 2006M. Golf Team Moves Into Fourth At The NCAA Championship

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The University of Florida Mens Golf team continued to climb up the leader board at the 2006 NCAA Championship on Thursday with a three-under, second round score of 285. The Gators moved into fourth place with a two-round total of 569 (-7) at the Crosswater Golf Club.

 

Senior Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) made his presence felt during the second round when he jumped from 68th-place into a three way tie for 10th. Starting his round on the back nine, Stegmaier collected a team-high six birdies to card a five-under 67.

 

He (Stegmaier) held us together out there today, Florida head coach Buddy Alexander said. He seems to be coming around at the right time, which is huge for us.

 

In 13 career rounds at the NCAA Championship, Stegmaier had broken 70 on one previous occasion during his four-year collegiate career. He recorded a score of 69 during the 2004 championship in Hot Springs, Va. and finished in a tie for 20th.

 

Freshman Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) proved to be a factor during the second round when he carded a one-under 71. Ragland played bogey-free through the final 10 holes and collected three birdies to earn his sixth round under-par in post-season play. Fellow freshman Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) followed up a stellar first round by carding a two-over 74.

 

With rain looming on the horizon, senior Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) kept the Gators in contention for a position in the top five with a one-over-par 73. Senior James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) overcame a slow start by sinking a birdie on the second hole to card a two-over 74.

 

We had another solid day, Alexander said. It started raining in the afternoon, so that made it more difficult on the afternoon group, which helped us a little. Things have played out the way we thought they would so far. I would really like to see Every play better than he has. Matt has a nice stroke and big players step up in crucial situations, so that will be key for us.

 

Florida was not the only team to make a big move on the second day of competition. The Gators playing partners, Texas A&M and Arizona State both propelled into the top-10 with strong performances. Arizona State carded a nine-under 279 to land in a tie for second, while Texas A&M recorded a five-under score of 283to move into a tie for ninth. Washington took the overall lead with a 13-under 563.

A four round tournament is a long race, Alexander said. I hope were not paying too much attention to what other teams are doing around us. We just have to pay attention to our own game right now.

 

Florida will resume play during the third round on Friday. Tee times for the third round have been rescheduled to start 30 minutes earlier at 7 a.m. (PT). The 30-team field will be cut to 15 teams following the third round. Saturdays final round will only include the top-15 teams. Live scoring updates can be found at www.golfstat.com

 

Team Results

Place

Team

1st Round

2nd Round

Total

Par

1

Washington

281

282

563

-13

T2

Arizona State U.

287

279

566

-10

T2

Wake Forest Univ.

277

289

566

-10

4

Florida

284

285

569

-7

T5

Clemson

282

288

570

-6

T5

Kentucky, U. of

283

287

570

-6

7

Oklahoma State

281

291

572

-4

8

Minnesota

287

286

573

-3

T9

Texas A&M University

291

283

574

-2

T9

UCLA

280

294

574

-2

11

Lamar University

292

283

575

-1

T12

North Carolina State

284

295

579

+3

T12

Arizona

296

283

579

+3

T12

Georgia

293

286

579

+3

T15

UNLV

293

290

583

+7

T15

Coastal Carolina

296

287

583

+7

17

North Carolina

297

289

586

+10

T18

Northwestern

292

295

587

+11

T18

Charlotte

288

299

587

+11

T18

Texas Tech

297

290

587

+11

T18

Duke University

290

297

587

+11

T18

East Tennessee St.

286

301

587

+11

T23

South Carolina

292

296

588

+12

T23

Auburn

295

293

588

+12

T25

Brigham Young Univ.

292

298

590

+14

T25

Nevada, Univ. of

296

294

590

+14

T25

Pepperdine

296

294

590

+14

T25

Oklahoma, U. of

284

306

590

+14

29

Georgia Tech

301

294

595

+19

30

Loyola Marymount U.

300

312

612

+36

 

Top 10 Individuals

Place

Name

School

1st Round

2nd Round

Total

Par

1

Kyle Reifers

Wake Forest

65

70

135

-9

T2

Zach Bixler

Washington

70

68

138

-6

T2

Niklas Lemke

Arizona State

70

68

138

-6

T2

Pablo Martin

Oklahoma State

66

72

138

-6

T2

Jonathan Moore

Oklahoma State

68

70

138

-6

T6

Alejandro Canizares

Arizona State

73

66

139

-5

T6

Alex Prugh

Washington

67

72

139

-5

T6

Dusty Smith

Lamar

71

68

139

-5

T6

Andy Winings

Kentucky

70

69

139

-5

T10

James Lepp

Washington

69

71

140

-4

T10

Brett Stegmaier

Florida

73

67

140

-4

T10

Dawie Van der Walt

Lamar

70

70

140

-4

 

Florida Results

Place

Name

Score

Par

T10

Brett Stegmaier

73-67 = 140

-4

T23

Billy Horschel

69-74 = 143

-1

T34

Matt Every

71-73 = 144

E

T42

Toby Ragland

74-71 = 145

+1

T42

James Vargas

71-74 = 145

+1

 

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