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Senior Camilo Benedetti jumped 33 spots into the top-25 at Ohio State Saturday.

Saturday September 29, 2001Men's Golf Moves into Second Place

Columbus, Ohio

Senior Camilo Benedetti jumped 33 spots into the top-25 at Ohio State Saturday.

In a move similar to the 2001 NCAA Championships, the Gators have leaped from a double-digit place to second after the second round at the Ping/Golfweek Preview hosted by Ohio State Saturday, Sept. 29. The Gators were tied for 10th after round one, and now one Gator holds the top spot.

Playing in his first-ever tournament for UF, junior Ari Savolainen (Helsinki, Finland) set a Scarlet Course (championship tees) record Saturday with a 5-under par 66. He is the tournament leader with a score of 71-66=137. Savolainen is two strokes over the nearest opponents Brendon De Jonge, Virginia Tech and Brent Wanner, Wake Forest.

Moving up from T21 after round one, junior Bubba Dickerson (Hilliard, Fla.) holds at a tie for 10th place. Dickerson added a 70 to his score of 73 yesterday. Also moving into the top-25, senior Camilo Benedetti (Mendellin, Colombia) is at T22. Benedetti shot a 69 in round two, erasing the T55 spot he held in round one.

Sophomore Camilo Villegas (Mendellin, Colombia) dropped 10 spots to 28th after shooting 72 for a 5-over 147 total. Topping the lineup for the Gators, junior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.) sits at a T73, shooting 77-81=158.

The Gators, the defending national champions finished the day two strokes behind Clemson. The Tigers lead the tournament with a two-day total of 571 (288-283).

The 54-hole tournament concludes Sunday with tee times beginning at 8 p.m. The nation's top teams were invited to play in the tournament based in the team's finish in the 2001 NCAA Men's Golf National Championship tournament. Access to live scores can be found on the world wide web at www.golfstat.com.

Team Results

Team Rd.1 Rd.2 Total

1. Clemson 288 283 571

2. Florida 296 277 573

3. Georgia 290 285 275

4. Oklahoma State 290 290 580

5. Wake Forest 289 292 581

6. Virginia Tech 292 290 582

7. Texas 292 291 583

T8. Ohio State 300 285 585

T8. East Tennessee 292 293 585

10. Oklahoma 290 297 587

11. Georgia Tech 294 296 590

12. Augusta State 302 290 592

13. Arizona 296 297 593

14. Arizona State 306 295 601

15. Pacific 306 303 609

Florida Scores

Pl. Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total

1 Ari Savolainen 71 66 137

T10 Bubba Dickerson 73 70 143

T22 Camilo Benedetti 77 69 146

T28 Camilo Villegas 75 72 147

T73 Jordan Code 77 81 158

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