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Wednesday May 30, 2001Men's Golf T-13th After NCAA Champ 1st Round

DURHAM, N.C.

The eighth-seeded Florida men's golf team is tied for 13th out of 30 squads with a team score 296 (+8), 16 strokes behind leader Arizona, after the first round of the NCAA Championships Wednesday at the Duke University Golf Club (Par 72, 7,088 yards).

"Im pretty disappointed and pretty close to shocked that we would shoot 8 over today under perfect weather conditions," Coach Buddy Alexander said. "Im pretty shocked and disappointed that were 16 shots behind."

Individually, senior Nick Gilliam (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) leads the Gators in a tie for fourth overall, shooting a 69 (-3). Junior Camilo Benedetti (Medellin, Colombia/Instituto Jorge Robledo) is tied for 45th with a first-round 74 (+2). Freshman Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia/The Columbus School) shot a 76 (+4) to come in tied for 96th. Junior Ben Banks (Englan, UK/King Edwards School) and sophomore Bubba Dickerson (Hilliard, Fla./West Nassau) are tied for 116th with 5-over-par 77's.

The top 15 teams (and nine top individuals not on those teams) after the first two rounds advance to the finals Friday and Saturday. UF tees off Thursday at 7:45 a.m.

NCAA Men's Golf 2001 Championships Standings After Round One

1.

Arizona

280

(-8)

2.

Georgia Tech

289

(+1)

T3.

Augusta State

292

(+4)

T3.

Toledo

292

(+4)

5.

East Tennessee St.

293

(+5)

T6.

College of Charleston

294

(+6)

T6. .

Clemson

294

(+6)

T6.

Oklahoma

294

(+6)

T6.

Virginia Tech

294

(+6)

T6.

Wake Forest

294

(+6)

T11.

Oregon State

295

(+7)

T11.

South Carolina

295

(+7)

T13.

Florida

296

(+8)

T13.

Georgia

296

(+8)

T13.

Minnesota

296

(+8)

T13.

Mississippi

296

(+8)

T17.

Stanford

297

(+9)

T17.

UAB

297

(+9)

T19.

Arizona State

298

(+10)

T19.

North Carolina State

298

(+10)

T19.

Southern Methodist

298

(+10)

T22.

Pacific

299

(+11)

T22.

UCLA

299

(+11)

24.

Oklahoma State

300

(+12)

25.

Washington

301

(+13)

26.

Georgia Southern

302

(+14)

27.

Houston

304

(+16)

28.

UC-Irvine

306

(+18)

T29.

Kent State

310

(+22)

T29.

Purdue

310

(+22)

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