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Monday September 16, 2002Men's Golf Second After Two Rounds At Inverness

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida men's golf team is currently tied for second-place at +23 (591), following the first two rounds of the 2002 Inverness Invitational in Toledo, Ohio. The Gators held the top spot with a +4 (288) after the first round Monday morning at the par 71 Inverness Golf Course. But Florida slipped in the afternoon by shooting a +15 (303) to finish one stroke back of first-place Michigan State (+22, 590).

The Gators are tied with Fresno State at second, while Georgia (594) and Kent State (597) round out the top five in the field of 15 teams.

"We got off to a good start in the morning," said Gator Head Coach Buddy Alexander, who embarked on his 16th season at Florida. "We stubbed our toe in the afternoon, but we are still in good shape and only one stroke back. I like our chances."

Junior Camilo Villegas, the 2002 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, got off to a good start in the young season, as he finished tied for third at +2 (144) following the first two rounds. The Medellin, Colombia native fired an even-par 71 in the first round, while shooting a 73 in the day's second 18 holes.

Senior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.), finished the first 36 holes in a four-way tie for 12th-place. Code started the day off strong by shooting an even-par 71, and followed that with a 77 to finish at +6 (148).

A pair of newcomers making their first collegiate appearances held their own, as freshmen Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) and Ryan Cochran (Paducah, Kent.) finished tied for 16th and tied for 19th respectively. Stegmaier was the only Gator on the day to shoot in the red, as he fired a one-under 70. Stegmaier shot 79 in the second round to finish the first day at +8 (149). Cochran shot 76 and 74 through the first two rounds.

Senior Dalton Melnyk (Jacksonville, Fla.) was the other Gator golfer to compete on the day, as he shot 80 and 81.

The Inverness will conclude Tuesday morning with the tournament's final round. The Gators will begin their quest for the team title at 10 a.m., as the top three teams will be the final flight to tee off.

TEAM SCORES

 

1. Michigan State 291 299 -- 590

T 2. FLORIDA 288 303 -- 591

T 2. Fresno State 291 300 -- 591

4. Georgia 300 294 -- 594

5. Kent State 302 295 -- 597

T 6. Kansas State 304 292 -- 598

T 6. Toledo 297 301 -- 598

8. Oklahoma State 306 294 -- 600

9. Northwestern 306 300 -- 606

10. Illinois 307 302 -- 609

11. Notre Dame 305 305 -- 610

T 12. Kansas 304 307 -- 611

T 12. Long Beach State 309 302 -- 611

14. Kentucky 312 304 -- 616

15. Alabama-Birmingham 314 311 -- 625

FLORIDA SCORES

T3. Camilo Villegas, UF 71 73 -- 144

T12. Jordan Code, UF 71 77 -- 148

T16. Brett Stegmaier, UF 70 79 -- 149

T19. Ryan Cochran, UF 76 74 -- 150

72. Dalton Melnyk, UF 80 81 -- 161


 

 

 

 

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