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Tuesday February 7, 2006Men?s Golf Team Finish Seventh At The Mercedes-Benz Collegiate

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The No. 4 Florida Men’s Golf team opened the 2006 spring season by finishing seventh at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate on Tuesday. The Gators recorded a team score of 320+289+305 = 914 (+50) and finished 18 strokes behind tournament winner UCLA.

 

After battling inconsistency during the fall, senior Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) responded with a steady performance during the tournament. Stegmaier moved up seven positions on the leader board to earn his first top-10 finish of the season. He recorded scores of 78+72+74 = 224 (+8), which was good enough to finish tied for eighth.

 

Stegmaier is no stranger to success at the Sawgrass C.C. In four appearances at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate, he has recorded a top-10 finish three times. His best performance came last year when he tied for sixth-place.   

 

“He did this last year,” Florida coach Buddy Alexander said. “He had a tough fall and came back strong in the spring, so I hope we’re on the same trail. It’s nice to see him play decent.”

 

A trio of Gator golfers finished the three-round tournament with a score of 230 (+14). In his return home, freshman Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) carded a third-round score of 75 (+3) to move into the top-25. Freshman Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) and senior Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) both carded a third round score of 78 (+6) to finish tied for 25th.

 

Sophomore Manuel Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) held his ground during the third round by carding an 80 (+8) for a second consecutive day and tied for 62nd-place. Playing as an individual, sophomore Jessie Mudd (Louisville, Ky.) improved each day by recording a 78 (+6) on Tuesday.

 

Florida had a tough start to the day, recording only three birdies on the front-nine. The team rallied with 11 birdies on the back-nine led by Every and Stegmaier with three each.

 

“We didn’t play very smart, but it was a tough day to play,” Alexander said.  “We had a chance to move up considerably, but it didn’t happen. We’ll do a little regrouping and fix some of the makes we made this week.”

 

Texas Tech’s Oscar Floren edged UCLA’s Erik Flores to win the individual medal. Floren fired back-to-back rounds of 73 (+1), which was the difference on Tuesday. Flores, who carded a tournament-best 68 on Sunday, carded a 74 in the third round to finish second.   

 

Florida will return to action on Feb. 18 when it hosts the Gator Invitational at the University Golf Course.

 

Team Results

Place

School

Score

Par

1

UCLA

290+304+302 = 896

+32

2

Texas Tech

301+295+305 = 901

+37

T3

Alabama

300+300+305 = 905

+41

T3

South Carolina

308+297+300 = 905

+41

5

Georgia State

304+294+314 = 912

+48

6

LSU

308+290+315 = 913

+49

7

Florida

320+289+305 = 914

+50

8

Tennessee

313+301+302 = 916

+52

9

North Florida

308+305+307 = 920

+56

10

Auburn

313+299+314 = 926

+62

11

Missouri

312+302+313 = 927

+63

12

Coastal Carolina

319+300+309 = 928

+64

13

Texas-Arlington

309+307+315 = 931

+67

14

UAB

318+308+308 = 934

+70

15

Mercer

317+324+313 = 954

+90

 

Top-10 Individuals

Place

Name

School

Scores

Par

1

Oscar Floren

Texas Tech

71+73+73 = 217

+1

2

Erik Flores

UCLA

68+76+74 = 218

+2

T3

Dustin Johnson

Costal Carolina

73+73+74 = 221

+5

T3

Gator Todd

Alabama

75+72+74 = 221

+5

5

Andrew Dresser

Texas Tech

71+75+76 = 222

+6

T6

Kevin Campbell

UCLA

73+73+77 = 223

+7

T6

Florian Fritsch

South Carolina

74+74+75 = 223

+7

T8

Brett Stegmaier

Florida

78+72+74 = 224

+8

T8

Steve Tiley

Georgia State

75+72+77 = 224

+8

10

Mark Anderson

 South Carolina

79+74+72 = 225

+9

 

Florida Results

Place

Name

Scores

Par

T8

Brett Stegmaier

78+72+74 = 224

+8

T25

Toby Ragland

82+73+75 = 230

+14

T25

Billy Horschel

79+73+78 = 230

+14

T25

Matt Every

81+71+78 = 230

+14

T63

Manuel Villegas

82+80+80 = 242

+26

T66

Jessie Mudd

85+80+78 = 243

+27

 

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