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Friday November 8, 2002Men's Golf Advances To Second Round Of Match-Play

Gainesville, FL

Playing for the first time in nearly a month, the No. 2 University of Florida men's golf team defeated No. 21 Washington to advance to the second round of the Hooters Match-Play Championship Friday in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Gators, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, defeated the 10th-seeded Huskies 4-1 in the team score at the Dye Championship Course in Barefoot Resort.

Florida advanced to the second round where they faced No. 2 seed Augusta State. The Gators were leading Augusta State, ranked eighth nationally in the Golfweek Top 25 Poll, 2-1 with two matches all square when the second round was called due to darkness. Both teams will complete the final six holes beginning at 7:45 a.m. Saturday.

"We played pretty well today coming off a long layoff like we had," said Gator Head Coach Buddy Alexander.

Before the second round was called, two freshmen, Ryan Cochran (Paducah, Ky.) and Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) were leading their matches with Augusta State's Scott Jamieson and Brendan Fisher. Cochran was two-up through 12 holes on Jamieson, while Stegmaier was also two-up on Fisher through 13 holes. Junior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) and senior Ari Savolainen (Helsinki, Finland) were both all square. Villegas was tied with Oliver Wilson, while Savolainen was equal with Jay Haas. Freshman James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) was the only Gator golfer to trail in the second 18 holes, as he was one-down to Emmett Turner.

"It had been a while for Cochran playing in a match, and Brett didn't play great at the (Gary) Koch (Invitational)," Alexander said. "They both showed a lot of poise to win their first round matches and be leading in the second."

Earlier in the day, Cochran and Stegmaier won both of their first round matches against Washington. Cochran defeated Corey Pugh (3 and 2), while Stegmaier was victorious over Conner Robbins (3 and 1). Villegas, who finished fifth at the World Amateur Championships in Malaysia last week, won his first round match over Brock Mackenzie, 2 and 1. Vargas was also victorious, as he defeated Dan Potter one-up. Redshirt freshman Dwight Rogers (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) saw his first action as a collegiate golfer in the first round. Rogers fell to John Robertson, one-up, in a match that went down to the last few holes.

With Savolainen and Rogers playing in the tournament, a total of 10 different Gator golfers have competed this fall alone. A total of seven golfers saw action throughout the entire 2001-02 season.

Other teams that advanced to the second round of the winners' bracket were Clemson (No. 1 seed), Oklahoma State (No. 8), Texas (No. 3), Texas Christian (No. 6), Arizona (No. 5) and North Carolina State (No. 13). Clemson was leading Oklahoma State 4-1 in the second round, while TCU led the Longhorns 3-2. Arizona was up 4-1 over NC State.

The winner of the second round match between Florida and Augusta State will advance to the third round of the championship to take on the winner of Texas and TCU. The loser will move on to the Winners' Consolation B Bracket to take on the loser of that same match.




No. 7 Florida def. No. 10 Washington, 4-1


No. 7 Florida leads No. 2 Augusta State, 2-1 with 2 all square





Camilo Villegas (Florida) def. Brock Mackenzie (Washington), 2 and 1

James Vargas (Florida) def. Dan Potter (Washington), 1-up

Brett Stegmaier (Florida) def. Conner Robbins (Washington), 3 and 1

John Robertson (Washington) def. Dwight Rogers (Florida), 1-up

Ryan Cochran (Florida) def. Corey Pugh (Washington), 3 and 2



Camilo Villegas (Florida) all square with Oliver Wilson (Augusta State), through 13

Emmett Turner (Augusta State lead James Vargas (Florida), 1-up through 13

Ari Savolainen (Florida) all square with Jay Haas (Augusta State), through 12

Ryan Cochran (Florida) lead Scott Jamieson (Augusta State), 2-up through 12

Brett Stegmaier (Florida) leads Brendan Fisher (Augusta State), 2-up through 13


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