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Junior Camilo Villegas is on top of the leaderboard at 132 (-12) at the Atlanta Intercollegiate.

Thursday May 8, 2003Men's Golf In First At Atlanta Intercollegiate

Atlanta, GA

Junior Camilo Villegas is on top of the leaderboard at 132 (-12) at the Atlanta Intercollegiate.

No. 5 University of Florida men's golf team is in first-place at 557 (-19) following the first day of competition at the Atlanta Intercollegiate. The 2003 Southeastern Conference champions, the Gators shot a first round 281 (-7) and second round 276 (-12) Thursday at the Forest Heights Golf Course in Atlanta.

Georgia State is in second-place and only one stroke back of Florida at 558 (-18). Fourth-ranked Augusta State is tied for third at 565 (-11). Top-ranked Clemson is 10 strokes back at -9 (567) in fifth-place.

Junior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) is on top of the leaderboard with a 132 (-12) following the first two rounds. Villegas, who was named to the All-SEC second-team Monday, shot identical six-under-par 66s during the first day of competition.

"It's good to see Camilo back and playing well, especially at this time of year," Gator Head Coach Buddy Alexander said. "Everyone played pretty well today and are looking sharp heading into the NCAA Regional. I'm proud of these guys."

Freshman James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) is the next highest Gator in the individual standings, as he shot a -1 (143) to finish tied for 21st. Thursday. An All-SEC first-team selecton this season, Vargas opened strong with a 71 (-1) in the first round and followed with an even-par 72 in the day's second 18-holes.

Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.) was the other UF golfer to finish at even-or-under par on the day. The senior finished tied for 24th with a 144 (E) after the first day. Code shot a strong opening round 69 (-3), but slipped in the second round by shooting a three-over 75. Freshman Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) finished tied for 26th at +1 (145). Every had a rough start to the day by shooting a 75 (+3), but rebounded impressively with a two-under 70.

Freshman Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.), in his first tournament since winning the SEC individual title two weeks ago, didn't get off to a great start by shooting a 79 (+7) in the first round. But Stegmaier, who was also named to the All-SEC first-team this week, stormed back and shot a -4 (68) in the second round to finish at 145 (+3).

"Brett showed a lot of character and poise," Alexander added. "Nothing is going to phase him after performing the way he did at the SEC Championships. He brushed off the first round and went back out there and helped the team in a big way."

The final round of the Atlanta Intercollegiate will begin Friday at 9 a.m. The Gators will look to win their second consecutive tournament and third overall this season.

Team Standings

1. FLORIDA 281-276=557 (-19)

2. Georgia State 276-282=558 (-18)

T3. Augusta State 278-287=565 (-12)

T3. College of Charleston 273-292=565 (-12)

5. Clemson 288-279=567 (-9)

6. Georgia 287-284=571 (-5)

7. Auburn 289-289=578 (+2)

8. Vanderbilt 296-287=583 (+7)

9. UAB 289-295=584 (+8)

10. Florida State 295-297=592 (+16)

11. Louisville 298-295=593 (+17)

12. Mississippi State 309-323=632 (+56)

Florida Results

1. Camilo Villegas 66-66=132 (-12)

T21. James Vargas 71-72=143 (-1)

T24. Jordan Code 69-75=144 (E)

T26. Matt Every 75-70=145 (+1)

T33. Brett Stegmaier 79-68=147 (+3)

T37. Ryan Cochran 76-72=148 (+4)

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