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Friday March 10, 2000Men's Golf Team in 6th Place in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev.

The 17th-ranked University of Florida mens golf team is in sixth place after the first round of the Las Vegas Intercollegiate, which features 11 teams ranked in the top 25.

The Gators posted a first round of even-par 288 in the 14-team field, their toughest event of the regular season. Top-ranked Georgia Tech has a four-stroke lead over the field, firing a 14-under-par 274.

Junior Ben Banks (England/King Edwards School) is tied for 12th with a round of 2-under-par 70 while sophomore Camilo Benedetti (Medellin, Colombia/Instituto Jorge Robledo) fired a 1-under-par 71 to tie for 17th. Freshman Bubba Dickerson (Hilliard, Fla./West Nassau) is tied for 22nd after carding an even-par 72 on the day while sophomore Taylor Walsh (Napanoch, N.Y./Ellenville) is tied for 76th with a 75. Junior Nick Gilliam (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) rounds out UFs playing five, after carding a round of 77.

Second round action will take place Saturday with tee times running from 7:30-9:06 a.m. PST with final round action on Sunday.

Desert Inn Country Club Par 72, 7,193 Yards

Las Vegas, Nev.

TEAM STANDINGS (PAR 288)

1. Georgia Tech 274

2. Texas 278

3. Oklahoma State 281

4. Minnesota 283

5. Arizona State 285

6. Florida 288

7. Clemson 290

Georgia 290

Virginia 290

10. Houston 291

11. UNLV 293

North Carolina 293

13. South Carolina 295

14. New Mexico 299

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (PAR 72) Top 10 and Florida Finishes

1. Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech 67

Matt Brost, Texas 67

3. Jonathan Byrd, Clemson 68

Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech 68

Paul Casey, Arizona State 68

James McLean, Minnesota 68

7. Charles Howell, Oklahoma State 69

Carlton Forrester, Georgia Tech 69

Martin LeMesurier, Minnesota 69

Anders Hultman, Oklahoma State 69

David Gossett, Texas 69

12. Ben Banks, Florida 70

17. Camilo Benedetti, Florida 71

22. Bubba Dickerson, Florida 72

56. Taylor Walsh, Florida 75

65. Nick Gilliam, Florida 77

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