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Sunday September 29, 2002Men's Golf Finishes Fourth At Carpet Capital

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida men's golf team finished fourth at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Dalton, Ga. Sunday. Florida took a seven-shot lead into the final round of the tournament, but the No. 2 ranked Gators shot a seven-over-par 295 to finish at eight-under (857), while No. 1 Clemson shot a final round 281 (-7) to win the tournament at -14 (850).

Augusta State finished second at 12-under (852), while No. 13 UNLV finished third at eight-under (856). The Gators' fourth-place finish was their fourth straight top five finish in the Collegiate. Florida's finish was the highest out of the five Southeastern Conference schools in the tournament.

The top Florida finisher was junior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia), who finished in a three-way tie for fifth at five-under (211). Villegas shot a one-over 73 in the final round.

Two other Gator golfers finished in the top 20, as freshman James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) finished tied for 16th in his first ever college tournament at two-under-par (214). Vargas shot a three-over 75 on the last 18 holes of the tournament. Senior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.) turned in his second top-20 finish in as many tournaments in the 2002-03 season, as he shot a one-over 73 to finish tied for 20th at one-under (215). It was the first time in Code's career, that his final score in a tournament was under-par.

Freshmen Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Ryan Cochran (Paducah, Kent.) finished T48 and T70 respectively. Every shot a final round 74 (+2) to finish at plus-six (222) for the tournament. Cochran's final 18-hole score was a seven-over 79 to finish the Collegiate at 227 (+11).

The Gators will be back in action on Oct. 7-8 at the NCAA Preview at Oklahoma State. The tournament will be held at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. The Cowboys will be the host for the 2003 NCAA Championship in the spring.

TEAM RESULTS

1. Clemson 287-282-281 = 850 (-14)

2. Augusta State 294-281-277 = 852 (-12)

3. UNLV 285-287-284 = 856 (-8)

4. FLORIDA 278-284-295 = 857 (-7)

5. North Carolina State 288-293-282 = 863 (-1)

6. Southern California 292-287-289 = 868 (+4)

7. North Carolina 288-297-284 = 869 (+5)

T8. Georgia 294-286-290 = 870 (+6)

T8. Oklahoma 294-296-280 = 870 (+6)

10. Texas 295-287-289 = 871 (+7)

11. Wake Forest 288-296-290 = 874 (+10)

12. East Tennessee State 284-299-294 = 877 (+13)

13. South Carolina 298-289-292 = 879 (+15)

14. Arizona 294-296-291 = 881 (+17)

15. Georgia Tech 304-284-296 = 884 (+20)

16. Auburn 301-297-295 = 893 (+29)

17. Tennessee 295-296-303 = 894 (+30)

18. Purdue 306-304-305 = 915 (+51)

FLORIDA FINISHES

T5. Camilo Villegas 67-71-73 = 211 (-5)

T16. James Vargas 71-68-75 = 214 (-2)

T20. Jordan Code 69-73-73 = 215 (-1)

T48. Matt Every 71-77-74 = 222 (+6)

T70. Ryan Cochran 76-72-79 = 227 (+11)

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