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Saturday September 28, 2002Men's Golf First After Second Round Of Collegiate

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida men's golf team moved one step closer Saturday to securing its second team championship in as many tournaments in the 2002-03 season. The Gators fired a four-under-par 284 at The Farm during the second round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Dalton, Ga.

The No. 2 ranked Gators' total of 562 (-14) are seven shots better than No. 1 Clemson (569), who stands in second at nine-under. Thirteenth-ranked UNLV rounds out the top three at four-under (572).

"We keep playing solid golf," Florida head coach Buddy Alexander said. "It's going to be a true test for us tomorrow in the final round to keep up the level of play against a great field of teams."

Junior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) is the top Gator golfer, as he stands in third-place at six-under (138). The 2002 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year shot a one-under 71 in the second round. Villegas is two shots back of Wake Forest's Bill Haas and Georgia Tech's Troy Matteson, who are both at eight-under (136). The top Florida performance of the day was turned in by freshman James Vargas (Miami, Fla.), who fired a four-under-par to jump from 13th to a tie for fifth-place at 139 (-5).

Senior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.) continued his impressive play in the early part of the season, as he shot a 73 to finish the second round tied for ninth at two-under (142). For the second straight tournament, freshman Ryan Cochran bounced back in the second round with a lower score, as the Paducah, Kentucky native shot an even-par 72 to finish tied for 43rd at +4 (148). Joining Cochran in a tie for 43rd was fellow freshman Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) who shot a five-over 77 in the second 18-holes.

The final round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate will begin Sunday at 9 a.m. at The Farm. Live scoring of the tournament can be followed at www.golfstat.com.

 

TEAM RESULTS

1. FLORIDA 278-284 = 562 (-14)

2. Clemson 287-282 = 569 (-7)

3. UNLV 285-287 = 572 (-4)

4. Augusta State 294-281 = 575 (-1)

5. Southern California 292-287 = 579 (+3)

6. Georgia 294-286 = 580 (+4)

7. North Carolina State 288-293 = 581 (+5)

8. Texas 295-287 = 582 (+6)

9. East Tennessee State 284-299 = 583 (+7)

10. Wake Forest 288-296 = 584 (+8)

11. North Carolina 288-297 = 585 (+9)

12. South Carolina 298-289 = 587 (+11)

13. Georgia Tech 304-284 = 588 (+12)

T14. Arizona 294-296 = 590 (+14)

T14. Oklahoma 294-296 = 590 (+14)

16. Tennessee 295-296 = 591 (+15)

17. Auburn 301-297 = 598 (+22)

18. Purdue 306-304 = 610 (+34)

FLORIDA RESULTS

T3. Camilo Villegas 67-71 = 138 (-6)

T5. James Vargas 71-68 = 139 (-5)

T9. Jordan Code 69-73 = 142 (-2)

T43. Ryan Cochran 76-72 = 148 (+4)

T43. Matt Every 71-77 = 148 (+4)

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