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Friday May 16, 2003Men's Golf T4th At NCAA East Regional

Gainesville, FL

The No. 5 University of Florida men’s golf team is tied for fourth place at 578 (+2) after the first two rounds of the NCAA East Regional in Auburn, Ala. The Gators fired an even-par 288 in the second round of the regional at the Auburn University Club. The top-10 teams from the tournament will advance to the NCAA Championships, May 27-30 at the Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.

Junior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) is the highest Gator in the individual standings, as he is tied for 17th at 142 (-2). Villegas, who was named the Southeastern Conference’s Golfer of the Week on May 13, fired a three-under 69 during the second 18-holes of the tournament.

Freshman James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) is behind Villegas, as he is tied at 26th with a two-round total of 144 (E). Vargas, a 2003 All-SEC first team selection, shot a +1 (73) during the second day. Fellow freshman Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) shot a second round score of 74 (+2) to finish tied for 38th after Friday. Every is at +2 (146). Senior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.) is tied for 44th at 147 (+3). Code shot a second round 73 (+1). Freshman Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) is the other Gator golfer in the field as he is tied for 60th after the first two rounds. Stegmaier shot a second round 73 (+1) to finish with a two-round total of 149 (+5).

Clemson is the team leader in the tournament, as the Tigers are at 14-under with a 562. Georgia Tech is second at 567 (-9), while Tennessee is third at –4 (572).

The final round of the NCAA East Regional will begin Saturday at 9 a.m.

TOP-10 TEAM STANDINGS

1. Clemson 285-277=562 (-14)

2. Georgia Tech 281-286=567 (-9)

3. Tennessee 281-291=572 (-4)

T4. Florida 290-288=578 (+2)

T4. Wake Forest 290-288=578 (+2)

T4. Duke 286-292=578 (+2)

7. Augusta State 290-290=580 (+4)

8. South Carolina 296-285=581 (+5)

T9. Vanderbilt 293-289=582 (+6)

T9. Auburn 292-290=582 (+6)

FLORIDA RESULTS

T17. Camilo Villegas 73-69=142 (-2)

T26. James Vargas 71-73=144 (E)

T38. Matt Every 72-74=146 (+2)

T44. Jordan Code 74-73=147 (+3)

T60. Brett Stegmaier 76-73=149 (+5)

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