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Gators and Gilliam are 2001 NCAA champs

Saturday June 2, 2001Florida Men's Golf Sweeps NCAA Titles

Durham, N.C. --

Gators and Gilliam are 2001 NCAA champs

The University of Florida men's golf team shot a blistering 13-under par final round of 275 to capture the 2001 NCAA Championship at the Duke University Golf Club, marking the fourth men's golf title in school history. Four Gators turned in under par rounds in the final 18 holes, including individual medalist Nick Gilliam, whose final round 71 gave him a tournament best 276.

Florida's school-record four-round total of 1,126 was 18 strokes better than runner-up Clemson, the third largest margin of victory since the NCAA Championships moved to four round play in 1968. The win completed a remarkable turnaround after the Gators shot an opening round 296 to put them in a 13th place tie, 16 shots off the lead. UF then shot 10-under par 278 on the second day to move into second place and finished the third round at 11-under par 277 to pull into a first-place tie with Arizona heading into the final 18 holes.

"I was doing the one word answer earlier in the week: awful and excellent, so letís go with awesome. That was an incredible show," said head coach Buddy Alexander who also guided the Gators to the 1993 NCAA Championship. "It was overwhelming what happened on that front nine and then it just continued right through the 14th hole. We just kept making birdies. We stubbed our toe a little bit coming in but itís kind of hard to keep from doing that. I canít say enough about this team. They spent more time in the weight room than I spent in the office, I think."

Gilliam won his first career event in his final collegiate tournament and was one of three Gators among the top 11 finishers. Gilliam, a Gainesville native, shot rounds of 69-70-66-71 for a four-round total of 276 and the victory. Camilo Benedetti finished tied for second with a 279 (74-71-69-65), while Bubba Dickerson placed tied for 11th with a 285 (77-68-71-69). Camilo Villegas finished in a tie for 22nd place with a 288 (76-69-73-70) and Ben Banks rounded out the Gator squad with a 76th-place finish after shooting a 303 (77-77-71-78).

"In general, what an amazing feeling right now, to have our team to win the championship and myself," said Gilliam, who earned the Division I Palmer Award for his efforts. "I couldnít have dreamed a better picture. Having my dad being here, itís just been amazing. I played, what I felt like, at times kind of inspired golf. I played really well all week. I didnít make any mistakes until the 17th and 18th holes today or maybe I started thinking ahead a little bit for the first time. Obviously I thought ahead occasionally but I did a very good job focusing in on each shot. That was really just the key to the week. I knew I was capable of this, it just never happened before. It was good to be able to excel under the pressure and to do it in my final tournament really means a lot. Itís amazing. Itís a great feeling. Iím sure I wonít realize what happened until next week."

Gilliam and Villegas were named PING First-Team All-Americans at the conclusion of the event. Villegas was also selected the 2000-01 Softspikes Freshman of the Year. Dickerson was named Third-Team All-American and Benedetti was named Honorable Mention.

2001 Florida Gator NCAA Championship Post-Tournament Notes

  • Florida captured its fourth NCAA Men's Golf Championship (1968, 1973, 1993, 2001) and second under head coach Buddy Alexander
  • UF's four NCAA titles is tied for seventh all-time in NCAA golf history
  • Florida is the only Division I school to have multiple NCAA Men's Golf Championships in the last nine years
  • Florida head coach Buddy Alexander, in his 14th season at Florida, wins his second national title while with the Gators (1993). Under Alexander, Florida has posted two national championships, one second-place finish (1990), two third-place finishes (1985 and 1994) and one fifth place finish (1988)
  • Florida senior Nick Gilliam also captured individual medalist honors, marking his first collegiate victory in his final collegiate event
  • Gilliam becomes the second Gator to capture the NCAA Medalist honor, joining Bob Murphy who took the title in 1966
  • Florida pulled off a sweep of both the team and individual title for the 33rd time in NCAA Men's Golf Championship History
  • The 1,126 total strokes by Florida marks the ninth-lowest total in NCAA Championships history (1,116 by Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech, 2000; 1,118 by UNLV in 1998 and Arizona in 2000; 1,121 by Clemson in 1998; 1,122 by Houston in 2000 and Georgia Tech in 1998; 1,125 by Texas in 2000)
  • The course record of 65 was equaled by three individuals ó Camilo Benedetti of Florida (4th round), Jamie Elson of Augusta State (2nd round) and Ricky Barnes (Arizona) 2nd round.
  • Florida's final round of 275, 13-under par is the second best total in school history (UF shot a 14-under par at the 1985 Imperial Lakes Intercollegiate and the 1997 Gator Invitational)
  • The 2001 men's golf title is the 14th NCAA Championship for the Florida Athletic Program. Florida has also captured two AIAW Championships, six National Team Indoor championships in women's tennis and the football team has been voted No. 1 in the national polls twice
  • UF has won at least one national title in 14 of the last 20 years
  • The NCAA Tournament Championship is Florida's fourth tournament title of the season, the first since Feb. 19-20 at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

Largest Team Margin of Victory Since 1968 (four-round format)

33 Strokes 1975 Wake Forest 1156 over Oklahoma State 1189

19 strokes 1989 Oklahoma 1139 over Texas 1158

18 strokes 2001 Florida 1126 over Clemson 1144

17 strokes 1978 Oklahoma State 1140 over Georgia 1157

16 strokes 1987 Oklahoma State 1160 over Wake Forest 1176

 

2001 NCAA Championships Final Team Standings

Place

School

To Par

Rnd 1

Rnd 2

Rnd 3

Rnd 4

Total

1

Florida

-26

296

278

277

275

1126

2

Clemson

-8

294

289

279

282

1144

3

Arizona

-7

280

289

282

294

1145

4

Georgia Tech

-4

289

292

282

285

1148

5

Georgia

E

296

284

286

286

1152

6

Arizona State

+10

298

288

289

287

1162

7

Augusta State

+12

292

288

285

299

1164

8

Virginia Tech

+13

294

291

285

295

1165

9

East Tennessee State

+15

293

289

292

293

1167

10

Wake Forest

+16

294

282

297

295

1168

11

Pacific

+25

299

291

295

292

1177

T12

Oklahoma

+27

294

291

297

297

1179

T12

Oregon State

+27

295

295

293

296

1179

T12

UAB

+27

297

289

300

293

1179

15

Southern Methodist

+38

298

289

299

304

1190

 

Individual Results

Place

Player

School

To Par

Rnd 1

Rnd 2

Rnd 3

Rnd 4

Total

1

Nick Gilliam

Florida

-12

69

70

66

71

276

T2

Camilo Benedetti

Florida

-9

74

71

69

65

279

T2

Jamie Elson

Augusta State

-9

73

65

70

71

279

T4

Kris Mikkelsen

Georgia Tech

-7

66

72

72

71

281

T4

Chez Reavie

Arizona State

-7

71

67

74

69

281

6

Jon Mills*

Kent State

-6

71

73

67

71

282

7

D.J. Trahan

Clemson

-5

72

71

71

69

283

T8

Ricky Barnes

Arizona

-4

68

65

72

79

284

T8

Troy McKinley

Pacific

-4

70

68

74

72

284

T8

Bryce Molder

Georgia Tech

-4

73

72

66

73

284

T11

Bubba Dickerson

Florida

-3

77

68

71

69

285

T11

Lucas Glover

Clemson

-3

72

71

69

73

285

T13

Chris Nallen

Arizona

-2

66

77

66

77

286

T13

Simon Nash*

Minnesota

-2

71

72

72

71

286

T13

Nick Watney*

Fresno State

-2

71

70

72

73

286

T16

Cody Beyer

Arizona

-1

71

72

74

70

287

T16

Erik Compton

Georgia

-1

77

69

69

72

287

T16

John Engler

Clemson

-1

75

71

71

70

287

T16

Graeme McDowell

UAB

-1

75

68

74

70

287

T16

Parker McLachlin*

UCLA

-1

74

69

73

71

287

T16

Chris Wisler

East Tennessee St.

-1

71

69

74

73

287

T22

Camilo Villegas

Florida

E

76

69

73

70

288

T22

Nick Cassini

Georgia

E

70

71

74

73

288

T22

Brendon DeJonge

Virginia Tech

E

72

71

70

75

288

T22

Ryan Hybl

Georgia

E

73

72

71

72

288

T22

Matt Jones

Arizona State

E

77

73

67

71

288

T27

Troy Matteson

Georgia Tech

+1

74

76

69

70

289

T27

Sean McTernan*

Toledo

+1

71

73

75

70

289

29

James Johnson

East Tennessee St.

+2

73

72

72

73

290

T30

Chris McKeel

Virginia Tech

+3

78

69

73

71

291

T30

David Miller

Georgia

+3

76

73

73

69

291

T30

Jay Morgan

Wake Forest Univ.

+3

76

70

74

71

291

T30

Oliver Wilson

Augusta State U.

+3

76

73

68

74

291

T34

Kelsey Cline

Oklahoma

+4

72

70

74

76

292

T34

Jedd McLuen*

College of Charleston

+4

73

70

74

75

292

T34

Johnson Wagner

Virginia Tech

+4

78

74

67

73

292

T34

Chris Yoder

Wake Forest Univ.

+4

74

68

73

77

292

38

John Klauk*

Texas

+5

73

72

71

77

293

T39

Franklin Hatchett

Southern Methodist

+6

72

71

75

76

294

T39

Reid Hatley

Arizona

+6

75

75

71

73

294

T39

Brad Heaven*

Toledo

+6

72

72

77

73

294

T39

Gregg Jones

Clemson

+6

75

77

68

74

294

T39

Jin Park

Arizona State

+6

74

75

71

74

294

T39

Jani Saari

Clemson

+6

75

76

73

70

294

T39

Brent Wanner

Wake Forest

+6

70

72

74

78

294

T46

Pat Beste

East Tennessee St.

+7

75

75

74

71

295

T46

Martin Flores

Oklahoma

+7

76

70

74

75

295

T46

Cortland Lowe

Wake Forest Univ.

+7

75

74

77

69

295

T46

Daniel Ozley

UAB

+7

74

68

78

75

295

50

Daren Greig

Oregon State.

+8

78

76

72

70

296

T51

Anthony Arvidson

Oregon State.

+9

71

75

75

76

297

T51

Jason Higton

Pacific

+9

75

74

75

73

297

T51

Bryant Odom

Georgia

+9

79

72

73

73

297

T51

Jerome Theunis

Southern Methodist

+9

75

74

72

76

297

T55

Matt Cohn

Oklahoma

+10

71

77

77

73

298

T55

Wade Ormsby*

Houston

+10

72

71

77

78

298

T55

Adam Riddering

East Tennessee St.

+10

76

74

72

76

298

T55

Michael Webb

Augusta State.

+10

69

76

76

77

298

T59

Robert Duck

Augusta State.

+11

75

75

71

78

299

T59

John Kidwell

Oklahoma

+11

75

75

75

74

299

T59

Wes Latimer

Georgia Tech

+11

76

72

77

74

299

T59

David Yarnes

Oregon State.

+11

75

73

72

79

299

T63

Michael Jurgensen

Oregon State .

+12

74

72

81

73

300

T63

Payton Osborn

UAB

+12

74

74

78

74

300

T63

Matt Weibring

Georgia Tech

+12

76

78

75

71

300

T66

Craig Gordon

UAB

+13

74

79

74

74

301

T66

Bill Haas

Wake Forest Univ.

+13

75

72

76

78

301

T66

Thomas Lee

East Tennessee St.

+13

74

74

77

76

301

T66

Ben Scribner

Pacific

+13

78

75

73

75

301

T66

David Williams

Oregon StateU.

+13

75

75

74

77

301

T71

Ryan Abbate

Southern Methodist

+14

80

70

76

76

302

T71

Cody Freeman

Oklahoma

+14

77

76

74

75

302

T71

Brock Mulder

Southern Methodist

+14

76

74

76

76

302

T71

Tom O'Stasik

Pacific

+14

76

75

79

72

302

T71

Jeff Quinney

Arizona State

+14

76

74

79

73

302

76

Ben Banks

Florida

+15

77

77

71

78

303

T77

Brian Krusoe

Virginia Tech

+16

71

78

79

76

304

T77

Brian Nosler

Arizona State

+16

79

74

77

74

304

79

Andy Connell

Arizona

+19

81

79

73

74

307

T80

Matt Hansen

Pacific

+20

83

74

73

78

308

T80

Jayce Stepp

Augusta State.

+20

75

75

81

77

308

82

Drew Jones

UAB

+21

75

81

74

79

309

83

Stephen Sparolini

Southern Methodist

+22

75

78

78

79

310

-

Ryan Stinnett

Virginia Tech

-

73

77

75

D

-

 

2001 NCAA Championships statistical leaders:

Par 3 scoring: Nick Gilliam (Florida), Ryan Hybl (Georgia) & Parker McLachlin (UCLA) -4

Par 4 scoring: Jamie Elson (Augusta State) & Troy McKinley (Pacific) -3

Par 5 scoring: Camilo Benedetti (Florida) -12

Eagles: Camilo Benedetti (Florida), Kris Mikkelsen (Georgia Tech), David Miller (Georgia) & Matt Jones (ArizonaState) 2;

Birdies: Nick Gilliam (Florida) 20; Pars: Parker McLachlin (UCLA) & Jason Higton (Pacific) 52

 

University of Florida Men's Golf

2001 NCAA Individual Champion Nick Gilliam Day-by-Day Scorecards

 

Nick Gilliam

Round 4

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

In

Total

Par

4

4

4

3

4

4

5

3

5

36

4

5

3

4

5

3

4

4

4

36

72

Score

5

4

4

2

3

3

5

3

4

33

4

5

3

4

4

3

4

6

5

38

71

+/- par

+1

+1

+1

E

-1

-2

-2

-2

-3

-3

-3

-3

-3

-3

-4

-4

-4

-2

-1

+2

-1

 

Round 3

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

In

Total

Par

4

4

4

3

4

4

5

3

5

36

4

5

3

4

5

3

4

4

4

36

72

Score

4

4

3

3

4

4

4

2

4

32

4

5

2

3

4

3

5

4

4

34

66

+/- par

E

E

-1

-1

-1

-1

-2

-3

-4

-4

-4

-4

-5

-6

-7

-7

-6

-6

-6

-2

-6

 

Round 2

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

In

Total

Par

4

4

4

3

4

4

5

3

5

36

4

5

3

4

5

3

4

4

4

36

72

Score

4

4

3

3

4

4

5

3

4

34

4

4

3

4

5

3

3

5

5

36

70

+/- par

E

E

-1

-1

-1

-1

-1

-1

-2

-2

-2

-3

-3

-3

-3

-3

-4

-3

-2

E

-2

 

Round 1

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

In

Total

Par

4

4

4

3

4

4

5

3

5

36

4

5

3

4

5

3

4

4

4

36

72

Score

5

4

3

2

4

4

5

3

4

34

4

5

3

4

5

3

3

4

4

35

69

+/- par

E

E

-1

-2

-2

-2

-2

-2

-3

-2

E

E

E

E

E

E

-1

-1

-1

-1

-3

  

Final Round Scorecards for other Gators

Camilo Benedetti

Round 4

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

In

Total

Par

4

4

4

3

4

4

5

3

5

36

4

5

3

4

5

3

4

4

4

36

72

Score

4

3

4

3

4

3

3

3

3

30

5

4

3

3

5

3

3

5

4

35

65

+/- par

E

-1

-1

-1

-1

-2

-4

-4

-6

-6

-5

-6

-6

-7

-7

-7

-8

-7

-7

-1

-7

 

Bubba Dickerson

Round 4

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

In

Total

Par

4

4

4

3

4

4

5

3

5

36

4

5

3

4

5

3

4

4

4

36

72

Score

4

3

4

3

4

3

5

3

5

34

3

5

2

4

6

3

4

4

4

35

69

+/- par

E

-1

-1

-1

-1

-2

-2

-2

-2

-2

-3

-3

-4

-4

-3

-3

-3

-3

-3

-1

-3

 

Camilo Villegas

Round 4

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

In

Total

Par

4

4

4

3

4

4

5

3

5

36

4

5

3

4

5

3

4

4

4

36

72

Score

3

4

4

3

3

3

5

3

5

33

4

4

3

4

5

4

5

4

4

37

70

+/- par

-1

-1

-1

-1

-2

-3

-3

-3

-3

-3

-3

-4

-4

-4

-4

-3

-2

-2

-2

+1

-2

 

Ben Banks

Round 4

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

In

Total

Par

4

4

4

3

4

4

5

3

5

36

4

5

3

4

5

3

4

4

4

36

72

Score

4

6

5

3

5

4

4

2

6

39

4

5

3

4

6

3

5

5

4

39

78

+/- par

E

+2

+3

+3

+4

+4

+3

+2

+3

+3

+3

+3

+3

+3

+4

+4

+5

+6

+6

+3

+6

 

 

 

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