Tuesday October 15, 2002Men's Golf Wins Koch Invitational
For the third straight year, the University of Florida menís golf team brought home the team title at the Cleveland Golf/Gary Koch Invitational. Three Gator golfers shot in the red, as Florida totaled a nine-under par 279 in the second round of the tournament Tuesday to grab their second victory of the 2002-03 season at Old Memorial Golf Course in Tampa, Fla. Florida finished with a 564 (-12). The tournament was called midway through the third round due to threatening weather.
Florida was led by senior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.), as he shot a career-best 66 (-6) in the final round. Code finished in third-place, also a career-best finish, with a 138 (-6). It was the first top 10 finish of Codeís career and the third top 20 placing for him this season.
Freshman James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) finished right behind Code in fourth-place at 139 (-5). Vargas shot a two-under 70 in the final 18 holes. The placing was Vargasí second top 20 finish in three tournaments this season.
After failing to place in the top 20 for just the second time in the last 15 tournaments last week at The Preview, junior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) finished tied for 19th with a one-under 143. Villegas shot a 73 (+1) Tuesday morning.
Senior Dalton Melnyk (Jacksonville, Fla.) tied for 24th with an even-par 144. After shooting a two-over 74 during the first round, Melnyk responded with a 70 (-2) in the second.
In his second collegiate tournament, freshman Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) tied for 51st with a 149 (+5). Junior Robert Litsey (Palatka, Fla.) competed as an individual in his first tournament of the season, and shot a 159 (+15) to finish tied for 68th. Eight of Floridaís 13 golfers have competed in at least one tournament this fall.
Southeastern Conference foes Kentucky and Arkansas followed Florida in second place in the team standings with a pair of 567s (-9). First-round leader Ohio State came in fourth at five-under (571), while Tennessee rounded out the top five at 572 (-4). Vanderbiltís Brandt Snedeker and Ohio Stateís Zach Doran shared individual co-medalist honors with a nine-under 135.
The Gators will be back in action Nov. 8-10 at the Hooters Match Play Collegiate Championship. The tournament will take place at Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
1. FLORIDA 285-279=564 (-12)
T2. Kentucky 282-285=567 (-9)
T2.Arkansas 286-281=567 (-9)
4. Ohio State 279-292=571 (-5)
5. Tennessee 283-289=572 (-4)
6. Vanderbilt 286-287=573 (-3)
7. C. of Charleston 284-292=576 (E)
T8. UCF 293-286=579 (+3)
T8. Toledo 289-290=579 (+3)
10. Florida State 287-293=580 (+4)
T11. LSU 294-288=582 (+6)
T11. Mississippi 290-292=582 (+6)
13. North Florida 300-296=599 (+19)
14. Rhode Island 303-296=599 (+23)
15. South Florida 299-302=601 (+25)
T1. Brandt, Snedeker, Vanderbilt 68-67=135 (-9)
T1. Zach Doran, Ohio State 64-71=135 (-9)
3. Jordan Code, Florida 72-66=138 (-6)
4. James Vargas, Florida 69-70=139 (-5)
T19. Camilo Villegas, Florida 70-73=143 (-1)
T24. Dalton Melnyk, Florida 74-70=144 (E)
T51. Brett Stegmaier, Florida 74-75=149 (+5)
*T68. Robert Litsey, Florida 78-77=155 (+11)
*Competed as an individual