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Ari Savolainen's third place finish at the Gator Invitational was the highest of his UF career

Sunday February 9, 2003Men's Golf Finishes Second At Gator Invitational

Gainesville, FL

Ari Savolainen's third place finish at the Gator Invitational was the highest of his UF career

The No. 5 University of Florida men's golf team finished second in its home event Sunday in the 2003 SunTrust Gator Invitational at the University Golf Course. The Gators finished with an 872 (+32) three-round total, just three strokes behind tournament champion, No. 2 Augusta State at +29 (869).

The finish marked the 15th straight year and 20 out of the last 21 years that UF has finished in the top two of the standings of its tournament. Florida finished in a tie for second place last season. The second place finish this season also marked the first time since the 1981-82 seasons that UF failed to win the tournament title in back-to-back years.

"My kids battled hard today," Gator Head Coach Buddy Alexander said. "The weather and a six-shot deficit were looking them right in the face, but they battled and I'm happy about that. There are some positives that we can take out of this and our lineup is starting to take shape."

Florida's highest finisher was senior Ari Savolainen (Helsinki, Finland), who competed as an individual. Savolainen recorded the highest finish of his Florida career, as he took third with a three-over-par 213. The highest finish for Savolainen prior to this season was a tie for fifth place at the 2002 Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational. Savolainen fired a one-over 71 in the final day after shooting a +2 (72) in the first round and an even-par (70) in the second 18 holes Saturday afternoon.

The highest Gator finisher that did count towards UF's score was freshman James Vargas (Miami, Fla.), who finished fourth for the second straight stroke-play tournament with a +5 (215). Vargas also finished fourth at the Gary Koch Invitational in October, as he carded a five-under par 139 in the weather-shortened two round tournament. Vargas shot his second round of +2 (72) in the tournament's final day.

Fellow freshman Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) was Florida's other top-10 finisher, as he finished tied for ninth at 218 (+8). Stegmaier, who recorded his second top-10 finish of the season, fired a seven-over 77 during the last 18 holes. Senior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.) finished tied for 12th with a total of 219 (+9).

Junior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) made a jump of 22 places from the first to the second day of the tournament, as he finished tied for 17th with a +11 (221). Villegas shot a one-over 71 on Sunday, after finishing tied for 39th after the first 36 holes. Senior Dalton Melnyk (Jacksonville, Fla.) finished in a tie for 46th with a +18 228 in the last home tournament of his career.

Big Ten school Purdue finished third, 10 strokes back of the Gators with an 882 (+42). College of Charleston finished in fourth at +45 (885), while Vanderbilt and Georgia Southern finished in a tie for fifth at +50 (890). LSU, last year's team champion, finished 12th with a +62 (902).

UF will be back in action Feb. 17-18, as the Gators look to win their fifth straight team title at the Mercedes Benz Collegiate in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

 

Final Team Standings

Fin

Team

Rnd1

Rnd 2

Rnd3

Total

+/-

1

Augusta State U.

280

291

298

869

+29

2

Florida, U. of

296

281

295

872

+32

3

Purdue University

283

297

302

882

+42

4

Charleston, Coll. of

293

292

300

885

+45

5

Vanderbilt Univ.

291

301

298

890

+50

 

Georgia Southern U.

288

291

311

890

+50

7

Georgia State Univ.

304

277

310

891

+51

8

Alabama, U. of

301

296

296

893

+53

9

UAB

305

288

303

896

+56

10

Florida State Univ.

299

293

305

897

+57

11

Kentucky, U. of

298

287

316

901

+61

12

Louisiana State U.

294

288

320

902

+62

13

Ohio State Univ.

303

312

299

914

+74

14

North Florida, U. of

299

306

319

924

+84

15

So. Florida, U. of

315

300

320

935

+95

 

Individual Results

Fin

Name

School

Rnd1

Rnd2

Rnd3

Total

+/-

1

Oliver Wilson

Augusta St

67

70

73

210

E

2

Brandt Snedeker

Vanderbilt

69

73

69

211

+1

3

*Ari Savolainen

Florida

71

70

72

213

+3

4

James Vargas

Florida

72

71

72

215

+5

5

Ty Harris

Georgia St

74

66

76

216

+6

6

John Humphries

LSU

70

70

77

217

+7

 

John Holmes

Kentucky

68

71

78

217

+7

 

Adam Grodhaus

Charleston

69

75

73

217

+7

9

Peter Karmis

Purdue

73

71

74

218

+8

 

Chris Mayson

Purdue

69

73

76

218

+8

 

Brett Stegmaier

Florida

75

66

77

218

+8

12

Jordan Code

Florida

73

70

76

219

+9

 

Jonathan Fricke

Georgia St

74

68

77

219

+9

 

Emmett Turner

Augusta St

69

72

78

219

+9

15

Aron Price

Ga. South

73

69

78

220+

10

 

James Heath

Augusta St

72

75

73

220+

10

17

Camilo Villegas

Florida

76

74

71

221+

11

 

Bruce McDonald

Charleston

73

72

76

221+

11

 

Scott Jamieson

Augusta St

72

74

75

221+

11

 

Heath West

LSU

71

70

80

221+

11

 

Jon David Kennedy

Ga. South

72

74

75

221+

11

22

Zach Doran

Ohio State

73

78

72

223+

13

 

Shiv Kapur

Purdue

74

76

73

223+

13

 

Kasper Jorgenson

Georgia St

75

69

79

223+

13

 

Mac Butler

Alabama

76

73

74

223+

13

 

Miguel Ordonez

N. Florida

72

77

74

223+

13

 

Robert Svensson

UAB

78

68

77

223+

13

 

Clint Provost

Alabama

76

75

72

223+

13

 

Toshi Hirata

Ga. South

74

74

75

223+

13

 

Peter Mitchell

Florida St

76

70

77

223+

13

 

John Assey

Charleston

78

71

74

223+

13

 

Ryan Thomas

UAB

74

76

73

223+

13

33

John Limanti

N. Florida

73

75

77

225+

15

 

Lars Brovold

Alabama

70

78

77

225+

15

 

Kevin Hall

Ohio State

72

81

72

225+

15

 

Matt Kohn

Kentucky

72

71

82

225+

15

37

Travis Mobley

Ga. South

69

74

83

226+

16

 

Brad Lusenhop

Florida St

74

75

77

226+

16

 

Dustin Cone

Purdue

67

79

80

226+

16

 

Tim Vickers

Florida St

76

73

77

226+

16

 

Kalle Edberg

Augusta St

74

75

77

226+

16

 

*Andy Dustman

Kentucky

76

76

74

226+

16

43

Brandon Waldrop

Kentucky

77

73

77

227+

17

 

Tigh VanLeeuwen

UAB

76

76

75

227+

17

 

Kyle Bradley

Charleston

76

74

77

227+

17

46

Oscar Fraustro

So Florida

77

74

77

228+

18

 

Matt Adcock

Florida St

73

75

80

228+

18

 

Dalton Melnyk

Florida

77

75

76

228+

18

49

Chris Cousins

UAB

81

70

78

229+

19

 

Lance Goodson

Vanderbilt

79

75

75

229+

19

 

Mark Donnell

Vanderbilt

77

75

77

229+

19

 

Daniel Creel

Alabama

81

74

74

229+

19

 

Jason Dallas

Vanderbilt

74

78

77

229+

19

 

Austin Hynson

Alabama

79

74

76

229+

19

55

Aaron Smith

LSU

76

73

81

230+

20

 

Scott Anderson

Ohio State

80

74

76

230+

20

 

Clark Brown

UAB

77

74

79

230+

20

 

Ben McClung

Vanderbilt

71

80

79

230+

20

59

Will Lloyd

N. Florida

74

73

85

232+

22

60

Federico Mautone

So Florida

79

75

80

234+

24

 

Ryan Coyne

Kentucky

81

72

81

234+

24

 

Jason Horrell

LSU

77

75

82

234+

24

 

Darren Baynes

Georgia St

81

75

78

234+

24

 

Ryan Shears

So Florida

79

72

83

234+

24

65

Luke Epps

Purdue

79

77

79

235+

25

 

Kellen Altman

Charleston

75

76

84

235+

25

67

Adam Wallace

Florida St

83

79

74

236+

26

 

Darren Lundgren

Ohio State

78

79

79

236+

26

67

T.J. Washburn

Georgia St

81

74

81

236+

26

 

Matt Wells

Kentucky

82

74

80

236+

26

71

Pablo Ceron

So Florida

80

79

80

239+

29

72

Adam Swope

LSU

85

75

82

242+

32

73

*Brendan Suhr

N. Florida

78

78

87

243

+33

74

Peter Riddell

Ohio State

80

84

80

244+

34

75

Evan Osteen

N. Florida

81

81

83

245+

35

76

Matt Torrance

N. Florida

80

82

87

249+

39

77

Drew Bowen

Ga. South

85

84

86

255+

45

WD

Jeremy Sims

So Florida

84

WD

WD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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