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Saturday April 22, 2000Men's Golf in 8th Place at SECs

KILLEN, Ala.

The 13th-ranked University of Florida men's golf team is in eighth place after two rounds of the Southeastern Conference Championships being held at the Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club (par 72, 6,991 yards), while sophomore Camilo Benedetti (Medellin, Colombia/Instituto Jorge Robledo) is tied for 10th in the individual race.

Defending national champion Georgia sits atop the leaderboard with an 11-shot lead over 21st-ranked Auburn. The fifth-ranked Bulldogs have a two round total of 12-under-par 564.

The Gators, defending SEC Champions, fired a second round of 7-over-par 295 and have a two-day total of 26-over-par 602.

Benedetti, the defending individual medalist, fired an even-par 72 on the day and is eight-strokes off the lead at 2-over-par 146. Mississippi State's Alex Rocha is leading at 6-under-par 138.

Junior Nick Gilliam (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) also carded a 72 on the day and is tied for 27th at 7-over-par 151, while freshman Bubba Dickerson (Hilliard, Fla./West Nassau) is tied for 33rd at 8-over-par 152 after posting a 75. Junior Ben Banks (England/King Edwards) is tied for 37th at 9-over-par 153 after a round of 76, while sophomore Taylor Walsh (Napanoch, N.Y./Ellenville) also shot a 76 and is tied for 45th at 11-over-par 155.

"I am very disappointed in the way that we have performed so far," said Coach Buddy Alexander. "Hopefully tomorrow we can go out and have a good round and make up some ground."

The final round of the Championships will be contested Sunday with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. CT.

Team Scores

1. Georgia 286-278--564 (-12)

2. Auburn 290-283--573 (-3)

3. Mississippi State 297-287--584 (+8)

4. LSU 301-295--596 (+20)

5. Ole Miss 304-293--597 (+21)

6. Alabama 305-293--598 (+22)

7. South Carolina 308-292--600 (+24)

8. FLORIDA 307-295--602 (+26)

9. Arkansas 306-299--605 (+29)

Tennessee 301-304--605 (+29)

11. Vanderbilt 306-305--611 (+35)

12. Kentucky 316-302--618 (+42)

Individual Scores (Top 10 and UF Finishes)

1. Alex Rocha Mississippi State 70-68--138 (-6)

2. Roland Thatcher Auburn 71-69--140 (-4)

Erik Compton Georgia 72-68--140 (-4)

4. Jason Dufner Auburn 72-69--141 (-3)

Michael Morrison Georgia 70-71--141 (-3)

6. Bryant Odom Georgia 72-70--142 (-2)

7. Nick Cassini Georgia 72-72--144 (E)

John Barlett Ole Miss 73-71--144 (E)

Brandt Snedeker Vanderbilt 70-75--145 (+1)

10. CAMILO BENEDETTI FLORIDA 74-72--146 (+2)

Jon Rusk Auburn 72-74--146 (+2)

T27. NICK GILLIAM FLORIDA 79-72--151 (+7)

T33. BUBBA DICKERSON FLORIDA 77-75--152 (+8)

T37. BEN BANKS FLORIDA 77-76--153 (+9)

T45. TAYLOR WALSH FLORIDA 79-76--155 (+11)

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