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Saturday May 19, 2001UF Golfer Wins Regional, Team Finishes Third

Williamsburg, VA

Florida freshman golfer Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia/The Columbus School) became the first Florida golfer to win a regional tournament since Brad Lehmann in 1994 and the third in UF history by shooting a 67 (-5) in Saturday's third round of the NCAA East Regional at the Golden Horseshoe Green Club (Par 72, 7,008 yards). Villegas finished the tournament with a three-day total of 201 (-15), the best performance ever by a Florida golfer at a NCAA Regional, for his first collegiate tournament victory. As a team, the ninth-ranked Gators finished third in the tournament with a team total score of 837 (-27) after shooting a 277 (-11) on Saturday. The top-10 teams from each of the three regionals advance to the NCAA Championships hosted by Duke University May 30-June 2 in Durham, N.C.

"It was a huge win for Camilo (Villegas)," Florida head coach Buddy Alexander said. "He's been close to winning a couple of times and for him to come up big in the regional is huge for him. We're all excited for him and we're all excited to be going to the big show. We had a lot of good performances and I'm proud of all of them."

Junior Camilo Benedetti (Medellin, Colombia/Instituto Jorge Robledo) shot a 68 (-4) on Saturday for a tournament total of 210 (-6) to finish in a tie for 10th place. Senior Nick Gilliam (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) finished tied for 17th place with a final round score of 69 (-3) for a three-day total of 211 (-5). Sophomore Bubba Dickerson (Hilliard, Fla./West Nassau) fired a 74 (+2) on Saturday to bring his tournament total to 216 (E) and tie him for 56th place. Junior Ben Banks (England/King Edwards School) finished in a 77th place tie with a three-day total of 222 (+6). Banks fired a 73 (+1) on Saturday.

East Tennessee State won the regional with a tournament total score of 828 (-36). North Carolina State finished second with a three-day score of 836 (-28). The final spot in the NCAA Championships came down to a playoff with Duke defeating Ole Miss. Each team finished the three-round tournament with a total team score of 856 (-8).

TEAM RESULTS

1. East Tennessee State 274-278-276=828 (-36)

2. North Carolina State 281-274-281=836 (-28)

3. Florida 276-284-277=837 (-27)

4. Clemson 285-284-273=842 (-22)

T5. Georgia 278-290-275=843 (-21)

T5. Virginia Tech 282-282-279=843 (-21)

7. Georgia Tech 285-279-282=846 (-18)

8. Georgia Southern 287-283-279=849 (-15)

9. UAB 287-280-288=855 (-9)

10. Duke* 284-284-288=856 (-8)

11. Ole Miss 285-291-280=856 (-8)

12. Charleston Southern 283-291-283=857 (-7)

13. Auburn 294-287-279=860 (-4)

14. Virginia Commonwealth 295-289-282=866 (+2)

15. Rhode Island 297-287-287=871 (+7)

16. Penn State 286-300-289=875 (+11)

17. Yale 290-305-292=887 (+23)

18. Georgia State 299-299-290=888 (+24)

T19. LSU 304-299-287=890 (+26)

T19. Seton Hall 302-284-304=890 (+26)

T19. Xavier 293-303-294=890 (+26)

22. Richmond 297-301-294=892 (+28)

23. Hartford 309-301-299=909 (+45)

24. Princeton 298-305-307=910 (+46)

25. Iona 305-307-304=916 (+52)

26. St. John's 305-305-308=918 (+54)

27. Maryland-Baltimore County 318-314-320=952 (+88)

*Duke wins playoff for the 10th spot at the NCAA Championships.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1. Camilo Villegas, Florida 64-70-67=201 (-15)

2. Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech 68-69-66=203 (-13)

T3. Chris Mundorf, N.C. State 68-68-68=204 (-12)

T3. Chris Wisler, E. Tennessee State 68-69-67=204 (-12)

5. Kirk Satterfield, Furman 72-70-65=207 (-9)

T6. David Miller, Georgia 67-72-69=208 (-8)

T6. Adam Riddering, E. Tennessee State 70-68-70=208 (-8)

T8. Phil Caravia, Ole Miss 73-68-68=209 (-7)

T8. Johnson Wagner, Virginia Tech 71-70-68=209 (-7)

T10. Camilo Benedetti, Florida 72-70-68=210 (-6)

T10. Gregg Jones, Clemson 71-68-71=210 (-6)

T10. Thomas Lee, E. Tennessee State 66-74-70=210 (-6)

T10. Leif Olson, Duke 69-70-71=210 (-6)

T10. Brandt Snedeker, Vanderbilt 72-69-69=210 (-6)

T10. Matt Weibring, Georgia Tech 69-71-70=210 (-6)

T10. Lee Williams, Auburn 75-68-67=210 (-6)

T17. Nick Gilliam, Florida 69-73-69=211 (-5)

T56. Bubba Dickerson, Florida 71-71-74=216 (E)

T77. Ben Banks, Florida 75-74-73=222 (+6)

 

 

 

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