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Junior Jordan Code led the Gators in scoring for his first time Tuesday in the Puerto Rico Classic.

Tuesday February 26, 2002Men's Golf finishes Fourth in Puerto Rico

Gainesville, FL

Junior Jordan Code led the Gators in scoring for his first time Tuesday in the Puerto Rico Classic.

The No. 5 University of Florida men's golf team was unable to climb higher than fourth after the final round of the Puerto Rico Classic Tuesday hosted at the Rio Mar Country Club (par 72 - 6,945 yards) by Purdue. Florida's had an upward momentum that moved them up to fourth after round two, but that is where they stayed after carding an even 288 to finish fourth with 869 (+5).

Georgia Tech showed just why the are ranked number one in the country in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings by claiming the team title. The Ramblin' Wreck finished off with a third sizzling round of 279 after posting mirror image 275's in the first rounds. Tech finished with 829 (-35), 25 strokes over the nearest opponent, the No. 3 Clemson Tigers. Host Purde finished third with 857.

Georgia Tech also controlled the individual field with Troy Matteson winning the top spot with a 54-hole total of 205. Lee Williamson from Purdue was runner-up after shooting a 9-under 207. Making his first appearance the role, junior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.) led the Gators in scoring finishing tied for 14th after his final round 70 led him to a total of 215.

Sophomore Camilo Villegas (Mendellin, Colombia) jumped from being one of the highest scoring UF players to second in the lineup to tie for 18th shooting 75-71-72--218. Junior transfer Ari Savolainen (Helsinki, Finland) tied with Villeas after slipping slightly with his final round 74.

The veteran seniors of the lineup topped off the scoring for UF. Ben Banks (Surrey, England) tallied his first counted round of the tournament posting a 72 Tuesday for 220 total. Camilo Benedetti (Mendellin, Colombia) slipped from a tie in 39th to T52 after carding 80 for 228 total.

"We just struggled throughout the entire tournament," head coach Buddy Alexander said. "We had such a big win last week but we just couldn't follow up to that. Georgia Tech played just about as well as anyone could have played. On a positive note, Jordan had his best performance of the year, which is incredible for him. We had too many mistakes. Our big shooters didn't step up but our four and five players played their best of the entire season."

Florida will now take a week off until March 8-10 when they travel to the Las Vegas Invitational hosted by UNLV. It will be the first week off for UF since they returned after the winter break.


Team Standings

1 Georgia Tech 275 275 279 829

2 Clemson 279 289 286 854

3 Purdue 293 278 286 857

4 Florida 293 288 288 869

5 Colorado 289 295 288 872

6 Minnesota 295 287 300 881

7 East Tenn. St. 295 288 300 883

8 N.C. State 303 282 302 887

9 Duke 296 292 301 889

10 Oklahoma 295 298 297 890

11 Georgia 293 300 300 893

12 Texas 289 302 303 894

13 Northwestern 299 294 320 913

Virginia 299 303 311 913

Kent State 308 295 310 913

Florida Scores

T14 Jordan Code 73-72-70--215

T18 Ari Savolainen 72-72-74--218

T18 Camilo Villegas 75-71-72--218

T39 Camilo Benedetti 73-75-80--228

T39 Ben Banks 75-73-72--220

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