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Friday May 17, 2002Men's Golf Jumps Eight Spots at NCAA Regional

Roswell, Ga.

The No. 4 University of Florida menís golf team jumped eight spots into fourth place at the NCAA East Regional hosted by Georgia Tech at the Settindown Creek Golf Club.Florida shot 290 Friday, carding 14-over 590 for the tournament.

 

First-round leader Clemson shot a 3-over-par 291 Friday to maintain a slim one-shot lead after 36 holes.The Tigers continue to be led by D.J. Trahan, who added a 70 to his Thursday 69 for a 5-under-par tournament total of 139. Trahan leads the individual race by two shots over Weibring (3-under-par 141). Top-ranked Georgia Tech shot a 1-under-par 287 Friday, led by Matt Weibring's 1-under-par 71, to move within one shot of Clemson.

Clemson has a two-round total of 577 (1-over-par), followed by Tech at 578 (+2). North Carolina made the biggest move of the day on the 7,119-yard, par-72 layout in suburban Atlanta, posting a 2-under-par round of 286 to move into third place at 581 (+5). Florida is the next-closest pursuer at 14-over-par 590.

 

UF senior Camilo Benedetti (Medellin, Colombia) led the Gator comeback shooting 3-under 69 after tallying five birdies with only two bogies for the day.Sophomore Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) overcame a difficult first day turning in 1-under 71 in round two.

 

Following the Camilo pair, junior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.) again shot a 2-over 74 and is tied for 29th with his 148.Tied for 63rd is junior Dalton Melnyk (Jacksonville, Fla.) who tallied 4-over 76 to total 8-over 152.Closing out the Florida line-up junior transfer Ari Savolainen (Helsinki, Finland) is tied for 93rd at 12-over 156.

 

Florida was fourth at 590, followed by Virginia Commonwealth at 592. The Gators shot 2-over-par 290, jumping eight positions to fourth place, while the Rams matched North Carolina 286 for low round of the day and rose from 20th place to fifth heading into Saturdayís final round. Wake Forest is in sixth place at 595, while Georgia and Augusta State are tied for seventh at 596. Auburn and Georgia Southern are tied for ninth at 597.

Other teams in contention to advance after Saturday include North Florida (303) and Alabama-Birmingham (301), tied for 11th at 602, followed by the College of Charleston in 13th place at 603. Tennessee, which began the day in third place, shot 310 and fell to 14th at 604, tied with South Alabama.

 

2002 NCAA EAST REGIONAL GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek
Second-Round Leaders, Friday, May 17


1. Clemson ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 286-291 - 577 (+1)
2. Georgia Tech ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 291-287 - 578 (+2)
3. North Carolina ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 295-286 - 581 (+5)
4. Florida ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 300-290 - 590 (+14)
5. Virginia Commonwealth ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 306-286 - 592 (+16)
6. Wake Forest ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 299-296 - 595 (+19)
7. Georgia ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 300-296 - 596 (+20)
††† Augusta State ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 299-297 - 596 (+20)
9. Auburn ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 299-298 - 597 (+21)
††† Georgia Southern ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 299-298 - 597 (+21)
10. North Florida ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 299-303 - 602 (+26)
††††† Alabama-Birmingham ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 301-301 - 602 (+26)

 



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