Friday September 27, 2002Men's Golf In First At Carpet Capital Collegiate
The University of Florida men's golf team shrugged off an early morning rain delay Friday to grab the lead at 10-under-par (278) following the first round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Dalton, Ga. Four Gator golfers shot under-par rounds at The Farm, as Florida has held the team lead following the first round in each of its first two tournaments this season.
The No. 2 Gators are six strokes better than second-place East Tennessee State at four-under (284). The 13th-ranked UNLV Rebels are third at three-under (285), while the No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers are nine strokes behind the Gators at 287 (-1).
"This is a tough golf course to play," said Gator Head Coach Buddy Alexander. "But the weather conditions softened the course and made it easier to play, and we were able to take advantage of it."
Florida was led by junior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia), who finished the opening round tied for second with a five-under 67. The 2002 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Villegas is tied with North Carolina's Kevin Silva, as both are only one shot back of the leader Bill Haas (-6).
Senior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.), coming off a career-best finish of 12th at the Inverness Invitational two weeks ago, completed his first round with a 69 (-3) to tie for fifth. The round was the lowest total by score of his career.
Three true freshmen rounded out the Gators' starting five, as two turned in memorable performances. James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) and Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) carded one-under 71s in their first rounds as collegiate golfers. Their scores were good enough to put them into a 12-way tie for 13th-place. Ryan Cochran (Paducah, Kent.) shot a 76 (+4) to finish in a tie for 56th.
"Just like in the last tournament, I was pleased with how the freshmen played," Alexander said. "They showed a lot of poise out on the course."
The second round of three-round Carpet Capital Collegiate will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at The Farm. Live scoring of the tournament can be followed at www.golfstat.com.
1. Florida 278 (-10)
2. East Tennessee State 284 (-4)
3. UNLV 285 (-3)
4. Clemson 287 (-1)
T5. North Carolina State 288 (E)
T5. Wake Forest 288 (E)
8. Southern California 292 (+4)
T9. Arizona 294 (+6)
T9. Augusta State 294 (+6)
T9. Georgia 294 (+6)
T9. Oklahoma 294 (+6)
T13. Tennessee 295 (+7)
T13. Texas 295 (+7)
15. South Carolina 298 (+10)
16. Auburn 301 (+13)
17. Georgia Tech 304 (+16)
18. Purdue 306 (+18)
T2. Camilo Villegas 67 (-5)
T5. Jordan Code 69 (-3)
T13. James Vargas 71 (-1)
T13. Matt Every 71 (-1)
T56. Ryan Cochran 76 (+4)