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Tuesday October 16, 2001Gators Win Gary Koch Intercollegiate by 26 Strokes

Tampa, FL

Camilo Villegas sank a 20-foot putt on the final hole to claim individual medalist honors in leading defending national champion Florida to its second consecutive Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Men’s Intercollegiate team title Tuesday. Florida finished the three-round event with an 843 total, 26 strokes ahead of North Florida and TCU which both tied for second place at 869.

On the 18th hole, Villegas sank his 20-foot putt down a hill to win the event. He finished with a 9-under par (207), edging Gator junior Bubba Dickerson by one stroke. Dickerson, who trailed Villegas by four strokes after the first two rounds, placed second at 8-under (208).

“It was a nice battle with Camilo and Bubba,” Florida head coach Buddy Alexander said. “You don’t want either one lose but it was fun to watch and great to see. It’s great to see both of them playing this well this early in the season. Camilo made a great putt to win today. It was not an easy putt by any means.”

Villegas built his lead Monday as he shot a competitive course record 62 in the event’s second round for a nine-under-par 135. Villegas, who birdied 10 holes and parred the eight other, shattered the former course record of 64 held by professional tour member Spider Miller. The record is “competitive” because tournament co-sponsor Gary Koch shot a 66 from the pro tees on multiple occasions with club members. Villegas’ round was shot under tournament conditions on the par-72 course.

In addition, Villegas’ 62 was the lowest round shot by a Gator since 1999 when Steve Scott fired a 63 in the Gator Invitational. According to records, it was also the second lowest round registered in school history. The Florida record-low round is 61 shot three times (Billy Turner in 1957; Adam Armagost in 1981; Brian Gay in 1994) but it was accomplished on the University of Florida’s par-70 course. The win was the second of his collegiate career (he also won last year’s NCAA regional title).

“Camilo didn’t have a great first round,” Alexander said. “He did the same thing in the first couple of tournaments. He played poorly, then got in the zone in the second round.”

All five Gator golfers placed within the field’s top-15. Junior Ari Savolainen finished in a tie for seventh (76-70-68-214) and junior Dalton Melynk, competing in his first collegiate invitational, finished in a tie for 13th place (73-72-73-218). Senior Camilo Benedetti rounded out the Gator lineup in a tie for 15th with a 76-74-79-219. Competing as an individual, junior Robert Litsey tied for 11th place with a 76-69-72-217.

“We needed to play a good event,” Buddy Alexander said. “We didn’t play as well as we wanted to in our first two tournaments. We didn’t play a good first round but our last two rounds, we played just about as well as we could play.”

Florida (292-273-278-843) began the second round in third place after shooting a 292, but the Gators used Villegas’ 62 and Dickerson’s 69 to take command. Kentucky led the field after the first round as it shot a combined 289 (+1), followed by Ohio State (290, +2). After round two, Kentucky trailed the Gators by 14 strokes.

The field featured three of Golfweek’s top-10 nationally ranked teams, five of the top-30 nationally ranked teams (1. TCU, 8. Ohio State, 10. Florida, 17. College of Charleston, and 30. North Florida) and nine of the nation’s top-50 ranked individuals including UF’s Villegas (No. 10) and Dickerson (No. 13).

Florida has now won two straight Gary Koch Intercollegiate titles. In its third year, the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate was co-hosted by the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida and was being held in honor of former University of Florida golfer Gary Koch. Koch, who was on hand at the tournament, is a member of the Gators’ 1973 NCAA championship team, captured 10 collegiate tournament titles and was a four-time All America selection as a Gator letterwinner from 1971-73.

After graduation, Koch made an impact on the PGA Tour as he won six events and his earnings totaled over $1 million. In 1990, Koch embarked on a career in broadcast as a golf analyst for ESPN before going to NBC-TV in 1997.

The Old Memorial Golf Course is a par-72, 7,236-yard course. Last year, Florida won the event with a 6-under par three-round total of 858 as 2001 NCAA medalist Nick Gilliam led the Gators with a second-place individual finish. --UF—

GARY KOCH INVITATIONAL FINAL RESULTS
FINAL RESULTS           Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Inter
 * Individual            Old Memorial G.C.        Tampa, FL      
                         Dates: 10/15 - 10/16     (Today:10-16-2001)
                                   Par:        72                
                                   Yardage:  7236                

      Fin.   Top 20 Teams             Scores  
         1   Florida, U. of           292  273  278    843     
         2   North Florida, U. of     293  289  287    869     
             TCU                      296  284  289    869     
         4   Kentucky, U. of          289  290  293    872     
         5   Ohio State Univ.         290  292  291    873     
         6   Mississippi, U. of       297  295  285    877     
             North Carolina State     294  294  289    877     
         8   Louisiana State U.       299  291  296    886     
         9   Florida State Univ.      306  294  289    889     
        10   Charleston, Coll. of     304  298  289    891     
        11   Rhode Island, U. of      305  297  291    893     
        12   Texas A&M University     308  295  291    894     
        13   Georgia State Univ.      306  306  290    902     
        14   So. Florida, U. of       304  296  305    905     
        15   Central Florida, U.      312  305  298    915     


   Fin.    Top 20 Players         School       Scores  
      1    Camilo Villegas        Florida       73   62   72   207
      2    Bubba Dickerson        Florida       70   69   69   208
      3    Adam Rubinson          TCU           71   70   70   211
           Justin Collins         Ohio State    68   71   72   211
      5    John Holmes            Kentucky      72   70   71   213
           Brad Schwartz          N. Florida    71   70   72   213
      7    Jason Moon             NC State      72   69   73   214
           Ari Savolainen         Florida       76   70   68   214
      9    Andy Doeden            TCU           76   67   72   215
     10    Garth Mulroy           NC State      74   74   68   216
     11    Ricardo Carrillo       So Florida    72   69   76   217
          *Robert Litsey          Florida       76   69   72   217
     13    John Limanti           N. Florida    76   72   70   218
           Dalton Melnyk          Florida       73   72   73   218
     15    Stephen Reed           Texas A&M     77   73   69   219
           Camilo Benedetti       Florida       76   74   69   219
           Tommy Clement          Ole Miss      74   72   73   219
     18    Garrett Prather        LSU           75   71   74   220
           Henrik Sevegran        Georgia St    74   75   71   220
           J.J. Killeen           TCU           72   75   73   220
           Daniel Brunson         Charleston    74   78   68   220
           Rodney Thomas          NC State      74   75   71   220
           Vince Covello          N. Florida    77   71   72   220

FINAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
FINAL RESULTS           Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Inter
 * Individual            Old Memorial G.C.        Tampa, FL      
                         Dates: 10/15 - 10/16     (Today:10-16-2001)
                                   Par:        72                
                                   Yardage:  7236                

   Fin.   Name                   School       Scores  
      1   Camilo Villegas        Florida       73   62   72    207   -9

      2   Bubba Dickerson        Florida       70   69   69    208   -8

      3   Adam Rubinson          TCU           71   70   70    211   -5
          Justin Collins         Ohio State    68   71   72    211   -5

      5   John Holmes            Kentucky      72   70   71    213   -3
          Brad Schwartz          N. Florida    71   70   72    213   -3

      7   Jason Moon             NC State      72   69   73    214   -2
          Ari Savolainen         Florida       76   70   68    214   -2

      9   Andy Doeden            TCU           76   67   72    215   -1

     10   Garth Mulroy           NC State      74   74   68    216    E

     11   Ricardo Carrillo       So Florida    72   69   76    217   +1
         *Robert Litsey          Florida       76   69   72    217   +1

     13   John Limanti           N. Florida    76   72   70    218   +2
          Dalton Melnyk          Florida       73   72   73    218   +2

     15   Stephen Reed           Texas A&M     77   73   69    219   +3
          Camilo Benedetti       Florida       76   74   69    219   +3
          Tommy Clement          Ole Miss      74   72   73    219   +3

     18   Garrett Prather        LSU           75   71   74    220   +4
          Henrik Sevegran        Georgia St    74   75   71    220   +4
          J.J. Killeen           TCU           72   75   73    220   +4
          Daniel Brunson         Charleston    74   78   68    220   +4
          Rodney Thomas          NC State      74   75   71    220   +4
          Vince Covello          N. Florida    77   71   72    220   +4

     24   Jason Oien             Ohio State    71   73   77    221   +5
          Jordan Dempsey         Ole Miss      75   77   69    221   +5
          Tyler Garrett          Texas A&M     77   71   73    221   +5
          John Humphries         LSU           74   73   74    221   +5
          Ben Lowery             Ole Miss      75   74   72    221   +5
          Jarrod Gardner         Ole Miss      73   77   71    221   +5
          Andy Dustman           Kentucky      74   72   75    221   +5
         *John Beckett           Kentucky      76   71   74    221   +5

     32   Doug Wade              Ohio State    75   74   73    222   +6
          Ryan Coyne             Kentucky      70   75   77    222   +6
          Heath West             LSU           75   75   72    222   +6
          Matt Ackley            Florida St    76   76   70    222   +6
          Thomas Giles           Rhode Isl.    78   72   72    222   +6

     37   Tele Wightman          So Florida    75   77   71    223   +7
          Mike Carbone           Rhode Isl.    77   74   72    223   +7
          Andrew Medley          Ole Miss      77   72   74    223   +7
          Kyle Bradley           Charleston    75   73   75    223   +7
          Stephen Polanski       TCU           77   72   74    223   +7

     42   Ben Osbrach            UCF           78   74   72    224   +8
          Brad Lusenhop          Florida St    78   72   74    224   +8
          Peter Mitchell         Florida St    79   74   71    224   +8
          Josh Goldstein         Charleston    79   70   75    224   +8
          Mark Blakefield        Kentucky      78   73   73    224   +8
          Johnny Thompson        N. Florida    72   76   76    224   +8
          Eric Beaty             Florida St    75   72   77    224   +8
          Philip Schardein       Kentucky      73   77   74    224   +8

     50   Stephen Davis          UCF           77   76   72    225   +9
          Adam Grodhaus          Charleston    76   77   72    225   +9
          Nathan Goulding        LSU           75   72   78    225   +9

     53   Shaun Helmle           Texas A&M     75   76   75    226  +10

     54   Jack Croyle            Georgia St    78   76   73    227  +11
          Erik Labitzke          N. Florida    74   80   73    227  +11
          James Clarke           Rhode Isl.    73   74   80    227  +11
          Jay Cavanagh           So Florida    73   72   82    227  +11
          Justin Walters         NC State      74   76   77    227  +11

     59   Rand Arbuckle          Texas A&M     79   75   74    228  +12
          Rick Westbrook         Florida St    77   77   74    228  +12
          David Denham           Georgia St    76   76   76    228  +12

     62   David Spitz            Rhode Isl.    77   78   74    229  +13
          Ryan Dennis            Ohio State    76   79   74    229  +13
          Matt Boudreau          Ohio State    83   74   72    229  +13

     65   Jason Horrell          LSU           78   77   76    231  +15

     66   Kenneth Fahey          Rhode Isl.    82   77   73    232  +16
          D.J. Fiese             Georgia St    78   81   73    232  +16
          Andreas Hoegberg       UCF           76   76   80    232  +16

     69   Fernando Machareffe    NC State      82   76   77    235  +19

     70   Brad Beverly           Georgia St    84   79   73    236  +20
          Bruce McDonald         Charleston    82   80   74    236  +20
         *Dan Grassman           So Florida    80   78   78    236  +20

     73   Ryan Shears            So Florida    85   78   76    239  +23

     74   Steve Shuert           TCU           81   78   81    240  +24

     75   Kevin Kahle            UCF           89   79   74    242  +26

     76   Josh McCoy             Texas A&M     81   85   78    244  +28

     77   Tory Carli             UCF           81   82   85    248  +32

     78   Jason Eder             So Florida    84   88   89    261  +45

INDIVIDUAL/TEAM RESULTS
Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Inter
                         Old Memorial G.C.        Tampa, FL      
                         Dates: 10/15 - 10/16     (Today:10-16-2001)
                                   Par:        72                
                                   Yardage:  7236                

      Fin.   School                   Scores  

         1   Florida, U. of           292  273  278    843
         1    Camilo Villegas          73   62   72    207
         2    Bubba Dickerson          70   69   69    208
      T  7    Ari Savolainen           76   70   68    214
      T 13    Dalton Melnyk            73   72   73    218
      T 15    Camilo Benedetti         76   74   69    219

      T  2   North Florida, U. of     293  289  287    869
      T  5    Brad Schwartz            71   70   72    213
      T 13    John Limanti             76   72   70    218
      T 18    Vince Covello            77   71   72    220
      T 42    Johnny Thompson          72   76   76    224
      T 54    Erik Labitzke            74   80   73    227

      T  2   TCU                      296  284  289    869
      T  3    Adam Rubinson            71   70   70    211
         9    Andy Doeden              76   67   72    215
      T 18    J.J. Killeen             72   75   73    220
      T 37    Stephen Polanski         77   72   74    223
        74    Steve Shuert             81   78   81    240

         4   Kentucky, U. of          289  290  293    872
      T  5    John Holmes              72   70   71    213
      T 24    Andy Dustman             74   72   75    221
      T 32    Ryan Coyne               70   75   77    222
      T 42    Mark Blakefield          78   73   73    224
      T 42    Philip Schardein         73   77   74    224

         5   Ohio State Univ.         290  292  291    873
      T  3    Justin Collins           68   71   72    211
      T 24    Jason Oien               71   73   77    221
      T 32    Doug Wade                75   74   73    222
      T 62    Ryan Dennis              76   79   74    229
      T 62    Matt Boudreau            83   74   72    229

      T  6   Mississippi, U. of       297  295  285    877
      T 15    Tommy Clement            74   72   73    219
      T 24    Jordan Dempsey           75   77   69    221
      T 24    Ben Lowery               75   74   72    221
      T 24    Jarrod Gardner           73   77   71    221
      T 37    Andrew Medley            77   72   74    223

      T  6   North Carolina State     294  294  289    877
      T  7    Jason Moon               72   69   73    214
        10    Garth Mulroy             74   74   68    216
      T 18    Rodney Thomas            74   75   71    220
      T 54    Justin Walters           74   76   77    227
        69    Fernando Machareffe      82   76   77    235

         8   Louisiana State U.       299  291  296    886
      T 18    Garrett Prather          75   71   74    220
      T 24    John Humphries           74   73   74    221
      T 32    Heath West               75   75   72    222
      T 50    Nathan Goulding          75   72   78    225
        65    Jason Horrell            78   77   76    231

         9   Florida State Univ.      306  294  289    889
      T 32    Matt Ackley              76   76   70    222
      T 42    Brad Lusenhop            78   72   74    224
      T 42    Peter Mitchell           79   74   71    224
      T 42    Eric Beaty               75   72   77    224
      T 59    Rick Westbrook           77   77   74    228

        10   Charleston, Coll. of     304  298  289    891
      T 18    Daniel Brunson           74   78   68    220
      T 37    Kyle Bradley             75   73   75    223
      T 42    Josh Goldstein           79   70   75    224
      T 50    Adam Grodhaus            76   77   72    225
      T 70    Bruce McDonald           82   80   74    236

        11   Rhode Island, U. of      305  297  291    893
      T 32    Thomas Giles             78   72   72    222
      T 37    Mike Carbone             77   74   72    223
      T 54    James Clarke             73   74   80    227
      T 62    David Spitz              77   78   74    229
      T 66    Kenneth Fahey            82   77   73    232

        12   Texas A&M University     308  295  291    894
      T 15    Stephen Reed             77   73   69    219
      T 24    Tyler Garrett            77   71   73    221
        53    Shaun Helmle             75   76   75    226
      T 59    Rand Arbuckle            79   75   74    228
        76    Josh McCoy               81   85   78    244

        13   Georgia State Univ.      306  306  290    902
      T 18    Henrik Sevegran          74   75   71    220
      T 54    Jack Croyle              78   76   73    227
      T 59    David Denham             76   76   76    228
      T 66    D.J. Fiese               78   81   73    232
      T 70    Brad Beverly             84   79   73    236

        14   So. Florida, U. of       304  296  305    905
      T 11    Ricardo Carrillo         72   69   76    217
      T 37    Tele Wightman            75   77   71    223
      T 54    Jay Cavanagh             73   72   82    227
        73    Ryan Shears              85   78   76    239
        78    Jason Eder               84   88   89    261

        15   Central Florida, U.      312  305  298    915
      T 42    Ben Osbrach              78   74   72    224
      T 50    Stephen Davis            77   76   72    225
      T 66    Andreas Hoegberg         76   76   80    232
        75    Kevin Kahle              89   79   74    242
        77    Tory Carli               81   82   85    248


   Fin.   Individuals            School       Scores  

   T 11   Robert Litsey          Florida       76   69   72    217
   T 24   John Beckett           Kentucky      76   71   74    221
   T 70   Dan Grassman           So Florida    80   78   78    236



		  
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