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Monday October 14, 2002Men's Golf Fifth After First Round Of Gary Koch

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida menís golf team is currently in fifth-place after the first round of competition at the Cleveland Golf/Gary Koch Invitational in Tampa, Fla. The Gators fired a three-under par 285 after the first 18 holes Monday at Old Memorial Golf Course.

The second round was suspended due to lightning and will resume Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Freshman James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) led Florida with a three-under 69. The 2001-02 Golfweek/Titleist Junior Golfer of the Year, Vargas led the Gators with the lowest score following the first round of the NCAA Preview last week.

Junior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) was the other Gator to shoot in the red, as he shot a 70 (-2). Villegas is looking to defend his individual medalist title in the Koch Invitational from a year ago.

Senior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.) fired an even-par 72. Fellow senior Dalton Melnyk (Jacksonville, Fla.) and freshman Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) each shot 74s (+2) to round out the Gatorsí top five. Redshirt sophomore Robert Litsey (Palatka, Fla.) competed as an individual player in the tournament and turned in a six-over 78.

Ohio State is in first at 279 (-9), with Southeastern Conference foe Kentucky in second at 282 (-6). Tennessee is in third at five-under (283), while College of Charleston is in fourth at 284 (-4).

TEAM SCORES (Top 5)

1. Ohio State 279

2. Kentucky 282

3. Tennessee 283

4. College of Charleston 284

5. FLORIDA 285

6. Arkansas 286

Vanderbilt 286

8. Florida State 287

9. Toledo 289

10. Ole Miss 290

11. UCF 293

12. LSU 294

13. South Florida 299

14. North Florida 300

15. Rhode Island 303

INDIVIDUALS

1. Zach Doran (Ohio State) 33-31=64

T4. James Vargas (UF) 34-35=69

T9. Camilo Villegas (UF) 37-33=70

T22. Jordan Code (UF) 37-35=72

T44. Dalton Melnyk (UF) 36-38=74

Brett Stagmaier (UF) 35-39=74

T66. Robert Litsey (UF) 38-40=78

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