Saturday November 9, 2002Men's Golf Eliminated From Match Play
The University of Florida men's golf team lost both of its matches Saturday and was eliminated from the Hooters Match-Play Championship at Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. In the morning portion of the tournament, the No. 7 seed Gators lost a hard fought second round match against No. 2 seed Augusta State, 3-2. Florida moved onto the Consolation B portion of the bracket, where the Gators fell to No. 3 seed Texas 3-2.
Florida closed out the fall portion of its 2002-03 schedule with two tournament victories and one other top five finish.
Freshman Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) was victorious in all three rounds of the championship. Following his victory in the first round, Stegmaier defeated Augusta State's Brendan Fisher, one-up. The win was the only Gator victory in the second round. Stegmaier won his third round match against the Longhorns' Rusty Kennedy (5 and 4).
Junior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) and freshman James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) halved their matches with Oliver Wilson and Emmett Turner of Augusta State in the second round. But both golfers fell in the third round, as Villegas lost to Matthew Rosenfeld (3 and 1), while Vargas fell to J.J. Wall (one-up).
Senior Ari Savolainen (Helsinki, Finland) was the other victorious Gator in the third round, as he won his match over Jeff Bell (6 and 5).
Florida starts its spring season on Feb. 8-9, as the Gators host the Gator Invitational at the University Golf Course.
UF RESULTS ONLY
Augusta State def. Florida, 3-2
Texas def. Florida, 3-2
Camilo Villegas (UF) halved Oliver Wilson (AS)
James Vargas (UF) halved Emmett Turner (AS)
Jay Haas (AS) def. Ari Savolainen (UF), 1-up
Scott Jamieson (AS) def. Ryan Cochran (UF), 3 and 1
Brett Stegmaier (UF) def. Brendan Fisher (AS), 1-up
Matthew Rosenfeld (UT) def. Camilo Villegas (UF), 3 and 1
J.J. Wall (UT) def. James Vargas (UF), 1-up
Brett Stegmaier (UF) def. Rusty Kennedy (UT), 5 and 4
Ari Savolainen (UF) def. Jeff Bell (UT), 6 and 5
Jason Hartwick (UT) def. Dwight Rogers (UF), 6 and 5