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Junior Camilo Villegas recorded his highest finish this spring by tying for 13th.

Tuesday February 25, 2003Men's Golf Finishes Fifth At Puerto Rico Classic

Gainesville, FL

Junior Camilo Villegas recorded his highest finish this spring by tying for 13th.

The No. 4 University of Florida men's golf team finished fifth of 18 teams with a +10 (874) at the 2003 Puerto Rico Classic Tuesday at the Rio Mar Resort in San Juan. The Gators finished only two strokes back of a three-way tie for second place (Minnesota, Clemson and Texas) at 872 (+8). N.C. State, the team leader after the first two rounds, and who held a 17-stroke lead over UF entering the third round, shot a +13 (301) as a team to finish the tournament in sixth at +11 (875). Oklahoma State won the tournament with a -2 (862).

The Gators used a strong third round to move up the team standings, as UF shot a five-under-par (283). Four of the five Gators shot even or under-par in the last 18 holes, as all five finished in the top-25 (the first time all season that UF has accomplished that fete).

"We played better today," Gator Head Coach Buddy Alexander said. "We're getting better. We still waste a shot here and there when we can't afford to. We're a young team, but I like how the guys are competing and improving."

The Gators were led by freshman James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) who finished in the top-10 by tying for ninth at +1 (217). Vargas shot a final round 69 (-3) to finish in the top-10 for the third straight meet this spring. Dating back to the Gary Koch Invitational last October, Vargas has now finished in the top-10 in the Gators' last four stroke-play tournaments.

Junior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) returned to his old form and shot in the red for the first time this spring with a -2 (70). Villegas' finished at +2 (218), in the final round to propel him into a tie for 13th, his highest finish of the spring season. Villegas was tied for 24th at three-over (75) following the first round, but lowered his score in the next two rounds to move up 11 spots for his final placing.

Senior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.) and freshmen Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) all finished in a tie for 24th at +6 (222). Code and Every each fired rounds of 72 (E), while Stegmaier shot a one-over (73). For Every, the finish was the highest of his career.

Florida will be back in action Mar. 7-9, as the Gators travel to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Las Vegas Intercollegiate, hosted by UNLV. The tournament will be held at the Southern Highlands Golf Course, as one round will be played each day.

TEAM RESULTS

1. Oklahoma State 291-289-282=862 (-2)

T2. Minnesota 291-286-295=872 (+8)

T2. Clemson 293-293-286=872 (+8)

T2. Texas 296-291-285=872 (+8)

5. FLORIDA 300-291-283=874 (+10)

6. N.C. State 288-286-301=875 (+11)

7. Georgia Tech 301-289-292=882 (+18)

8. Oklahoma 316-288-291=895 (+31)

T9. East Tennessee State 300-297-299=896 (+32)

T9. Northwestern 300-297-299=896 (+32)

11. Georgia 305-293-299=897 (+33)

12. Duke 304-301-299=904 (+40)

13. Colorado 310-297-300=907 (+43)

14. Kent State 311-303-295=909 (+45)

15. Purdue 316-299-299=914 (+50)

16. Illinois 316-306-306=928 (+64)

17. Virginia 325-313-311=949 (+85)

18. Michigan 328-319-313=960 (+96)

FLORIDA RESULTS

T9. James Vargas 74-74-69=217 (+1)

T13. Camilo Villegas 75-73-70=218 (+2)

T24. Brett Stegmaier 78-71-73=222 (+6)

T24. Jordan Code 74-76-72=222 (+6)

T24. Matt Every 77-73-72=222 (+6)

 

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