Monday February 17, 2003Men's Golf T3rd After First Day of Mercedes
The No. 4 University of Florida men's golf team is tied for third following the first day of competition at the 2003 Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The Gators shot a two-round total of 577 (+1) and are tied with No. 1Clemson for the third spot. Seventh-ranked Augusta State is the leader at 10-under par (566), on the par 72, 6,895-yard course. Oklahoma State is in second at 576 (E).
Two Gator freshmen are in the top-10, as Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) and James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) are tied for fifth and seventh respectively. Stegmaier shot rounds of 68 (-4) and 72 (E) to finished tied at fifth with Augusta State's Scott Jamieson at -4 (140). Vargas, tied with Oklahoma State's Chris Clarke in seventh, shot rounds of 69 (-3) and 72 (E) to finish at 141 (-3). Both freshmen are looking to grab their second top-10 finishes in as many events, as Vargas finished fourth at the Gator Invitational last weekend, while Stegmaier finished in a tie for ninth.
Senior Ari Savolainen (Helsinki, Finland) is currently 35th. After a tough opening round that saw him shoot a three-over 75, Savolainen rebounded with a strong even-par 72 in the second round.
Junior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) finished the first two rounds in a six-way tie for 45th at +5 (149). Villegas, the defending individual champion in the tournament, shot rounds of 73 (+1) and 76 (+4) during the first day.
The other senior in the starting five, Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.), finished in 70th at +11 (155). Code's first two rounds were 75 (+3) and 80 (+8). Freshman Ryan Cochran (Paducah, Ky.) was the Gators' individual competitor, as he finished the first 36 holes one spot back of Code in 71st at +12 (156).
The Gators' quest for a fifth consecutive Mercedes Collegiate title will conclude Tuesday with the final round at Sawgrass. The final 18 holes will begin with an 8 a.m. start.
1. Augusta State 285-281=566 (-10)
2. Oklahoma State 281-295=576 (E)
T3. Clemson 287-290=570 (+1)
T3. FLORIDA 285-292=577 (+1)
5. Wake Forest 289-291=580 (+4)
6. North Carolina State 288-293=581 (+5)
7. Texas 290-292=582 (+6)
8. South Carolina 289-295=584 (+8)
T9. North Carolina 289-296=585 (+9)
T9. Tennessee 287-298=585 (+9)
T11. Georgia 302-286=588 (+12)
T11. Duke 293-295=588 (+12)
13. North Florida 299-293=592 (+16)
14. LSU 298-297=595 (+16)
15. Florida State 300-298-598 (+22)
T5. Brett Stegmaier 68-72=140 (-4)
T7. James Vargas 69-72=141 (-3)
T35. Ari Savolainen 75-72=147 (+3)
T45. Camilo Villegas 73-76=149 (+5)
70. Jordan Code 75-80=155 (+11)
T71. Ryan Cochran 76-80=156 (+12)