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Monday May 8, 2000Men's Golf Team in Second Place in Atlanta

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga.

The 13th-ranked University of Florida men’s golf team made a comeback in the second round of the Atlanta Intercollegiate Tuesday and is in second place after two rounds while sophomore Camilo Benedetti (Medellin, Colombia/Instituto Jorge Robledo) is in fifth place in the individual race.

The Gators shot a first round of 15-over-par 303 and were in fifth place, but were able to come back in the afternoon to post a 2-under-par 286.

Auburn shot 295-287 for the lead at 6-over-par 582, seven strokes ahead of the Gators.

The invitational was held at the par 72, 6,899-yard layout of Eagles Landing Country Club.

Benedetti fired rounds of 74 and 70 for fifth place at even-par 144. Junior Nick Gilliam (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) carded rounds of 76 and 70 to sit in ninth place on the leaderboard at 2-over-par 146.

"Overall, I played pretty consistent today," said Benedetti. "I had a couple of bad shots and did not make a lot of putts, but I am happy with the way I played today."

"I had fun today," said Gilliam. "It was a battle, but with these 36-hole days, you have to stay awake. I hit the ball well off the tee but I was inconsistent. I played better in the afternoon round and was glad I scored better."

Sophomore Chris Zeller (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Andrews) posted two rounds of 74 and is tied for 12th place at 4-over-par 148. Freshman Bubba Dickerson (Hilliard, Fla./West Nassau) shot a first round of 83, but was able to come back in the afternoon to fire an even-par 72 to tie for 37th place at 11-over-par 155. Junior Ben Banks (England/King Edwards) shot rounds of 79 and 91 to tie for 56th at 26-over-par 170.

"Today was the weirdest day for us," said Coach Buddy Alexander. "I have been telling our guys all season that they needed to show some resolve. They played awful this morning, but after the seventh hole this afternoon, for the first time they showed some resolve and were able to come back. I had a wide range of emotions today but I am pleased with the way we were able to pull it together."

The Gators will tee off on No. 1 from 8:30 to 9:10 a.m., Tuesday.

In Southeastern Conference news, Benedetti was named first team all-conference while Dickerson was named Freshman of the Year and second team all-conference.

ATLANTA INTERCOLLEGIATE

Stockbridge, Ga.

Par 72, 6,899-yards

TEAM SCORES

1. Auburn 295-287—582 (+6 )2. Florida 303-286—589 (+13) 3. Alabama-Birmingham 292-299—591 (+15)

Mississippi 305-286—591 (+15)

5. Georgia State 292-300—592 (+16)

6. Charleston, Coll. Of 308-301—609 (+33)

Alabama 301-308—609 (+33)

8. North Florida 312-301—613 (+37)

9. Florida State 312-303—615 (+39)

10. Augusta State 319-301—620 (+44)

11. Central Florida 310-317—627 (+51)INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 10 and UF scores)

1. Jon Bartlett Ole Miss 71-68—139 (-5) Graeme McDowell UAB 66-73—139 (-5)3. Roland Thatcher Auburn 73-70—143 (-1)

Scott Weatherly Auburn 71-72—143 (-1)

5. Camilo Benedetti Florida 74-70—144 (E)

6. Jedd McLuen Charleston 71-74—145 (+1)

Jack Croyle Georgia St 70-75—145 (+1)

*Johnny Thompson N. Florida 76-69—145 (+1)

9. Nick Gilliam Florida 76-70—146 (+2)

10. Chris Malloy Ole Miss 75–72—147 (+3)

Dave Womack Georgia St 72-75—147 (+3)

T12. Chris Zeller Florida 74-74—148 (+4)

T37. Bubba Dickerson Florida 83-72—155 (+11)

T56. Ben Banks Florida 79-91—170 (+26)

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