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Junior Bubba Dickerson holds a tie for 21st after round one of the Preview at Ohio State Friday.

Friday September 28, 2001Men's Golf Tied for 10th After Round One

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Junior Bubba Dickerson holds a tie for 21st after round one of the Preview at Ohio State Friday.

The No. 1 Gators are eight shots from the lead after firing a score of 296 in the first round of The Ping/Golfweek Preview hosted at The Ohio State University Scarlet Course. UF led the tournament after the first nine holes, but struggled on the back nine, with only two players in the top-25.

Playing in his first-ever tournament for the Gators, junior Ari Savolainen (Helsinki, Finland) led UF in scoring. Savolainen shot and even 71 to move into a tie for seventh place. Sitting in a tie for 21st place is U.S. Amateur Champion Bubba Dickerson (Hilliard, Fla.). Dickerson came out strong, starting off the first half of the round with a 34, but fell to a 39 on the back nine to finish at 73.

GCAA Freshman of the Year Camilo Villegas (Mendellin, Colombia) shot 34-41 to score a four-over 75 to tie for 38th. Sharing the tie at 55th, senior Camilo Benedetti (Mendellin, Colombia) and junior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.) top the lineup for UF. Both turned in totals of 77 (+6).

"We really had a hard time on the back nine," head coach Buddy Alexander said. "With this group of players it is really amazing to see them have this kind of difficulty on a course. We didn't do that well today, and now we have to re-group and do much better tomorrow."

Clemson leads the field shooting 288, with Wake Forest on their heels at 289. Individually, there is a three-way tie for first between Jason Hartwick of Texas, Brent Wanner of Wake Forest and Cody Freeman of Oklahoma all shooting 69 (-2).

The tournament continues Saturday with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. The 54-hole event concludes Sunday with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. Live scoring for the tournament is available at


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