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Sunday March 9, 2003Men's Golf Finishes 14th At Las Vegas Collegiate

Las Vegas, Nev.

The No. 4 University of Florida men's golf team finished in 14th place out of 15 teams with a +19 (883) at the 2003 Las Vegas Intercollegiate at the Southern Highlands Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nev. Sunday. The ninth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys won the team title at -8 (856), while host school UNLV finished runner-up at one-stroke back 857 (-7). The Gators finished ahead of defending NCAA Champion Minnesota, who shot a three-round total of 889 (+25).

UF was led by freshman James Vargas (Miami, Fla.), who shot a +1 (217) throughout the three rounds to finish in a tie for 24th. Vargas shot an even-par 72 in the final round. Vargas has been the highest Gator finisher in all four tournaments this spring. Vargas' 24th-place finish was the first time in Florida's last five stroke-play tournaments that the 2001-02 Golfweek/Titleist Junior Golfer of the Year failed to break into the top-10 of the final tournament standings.

Following Vargas was fellow freshman Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.), who finished in a tie for 39th at 221 (+5). Stegmaier shot a final round 74 (+2). Another freshman, Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.), finished in 51st with a +7 (223). Every's final round total of 76 (+4) was his highest score during the weekend.

Junior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) and senior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.) finished 61st and 67th respectively. Villegas finished with a final round of 76 (+4) to give him a three-round total of 225 (+9). Code shot a final round 75 (+3) to give him a total score of 229 (+13).

UF will be back in action in two weeks, as they compete at the Chris Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Ga., March 22-23 at the Forest Heights Country Club. It will be the final regular season tournament before the Gators take part in the 2003 SEC Championship in Sea Island, Ga., Apr. 25-27.

TEAM RESULTS

1. Oklahoma State 291-284-281=856 (-8)

2. UNLV 282-286-289=857 (-7)

T3. Texas 281-284-293=858 (-6)

T3. Clemson 284-286-288=858 (-6)

5. N.C. State 285-289-287=861 (-3)

6. Arizona State 284-290-290=864 (E)

7. Arizona 291-282-295=868 (+4)

8. Georgia 288-291-291=870 (+6)

T9. Alabama 290-290-292=872 (+8)

T9. TCU 286-287-299=872 (+8)

11. Georgia Tech 289-288-296=873 (+9)

12. Augusta State 293-289-295=877 (+13)

13. New Mexico 293-287-299=879 (+15)

14. FLORIDA 290-296-297=883 (+19)

15. Minnesota 308-291-290=889 (+25)

FLORIDA RESULTS

T24. James Vargas 74-71-72=217 (+1)

T39. Brett Stegmaier 73-74-74=221 (+5)

T51. Matt Every 72-75-76=223 (+7)

T61. Camilo Villegas 71-78-76=225 (+9)

T67. Jordan Code 78-76-75=229 (+13)

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