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Matt Every continued his strong play at the NCAAs by firing an even-par 72 Thursday.

Thursday May 29, 2003Men's Golf T3rd Heading To Final Round At NCAAs

Stillwater, OK

Matt Every continued his strong play at the NCAAs by firing an even-par 72 Thursday.

The No. 2 University of Florida men's golf team moved into a tie for third place at 899 (+35) Thursday at the 2003 NCAA Men's Golf Championships in Stillwater, Okla. The Gators fired a third round nine-over-par 297 at the Karsten Creek Golf Course to move into a tie with UCLA.

The top-ranked Clemson Tigers are on top the leaderboard at +24 (888). Host school Oklahoma State is in second at 889 (+25) following the first 54-holes of the 72-hole national championship.

"We played pretty solid for the third day in a row," Gator Head Coach Buddy Alexander said. "We made some shots, but at the same time we hit some rough spots. We're going to come out tomorrow morning and see if we can cut into this deficit and hopefully see Clemson come back to the pack."

Freshman Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) continued his consistent play Thursday in his first ever NCAA Championship action. Every shot an even-par 72 in the third round to move into a three-way tie for 20th at +7 (223).

Junior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) had a better third round after a tough second on Wednesday. Villegas, a 2003 Ben Hogan Award nominee, shot a 75 (+3) to move into a tie for 32nd at +10 (226).

Senior Jordan Code (Tampa, Fla.) started his third round the same way he concluded his second round, with an eagle on a par five. Code, who eagled the par-five 18th hole Wednesday, started Thursday's round by making a three on the par-five first hole. It was part of a third round 77 (+5) to move Code into a tie for 47th at +13 (229). Code has either or eagled, birdied or pared the final hole in each of his first three rounds.

Freshman Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) was the other Gator to notch an eagle on the day, as he recorded a two on the par-four 16th hole. The 2003 Southeastern Conference champion, Stegmaier turned in his best score of the tournament by shooting a 73 (+1) to jump up to a tie for 72nd at 232 (+16).

Fellow freshman James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) rounded out the Gator finishers for the day, as he is tied for 111th at +23 (239). Vargas shot a third round +16 (88).

The final round of the NCAA Championships will begin Friday at 9 a.m. The first Gator to tee off will be Vargas at 9:30 a.m. Live tournament scoring can be seen at www.golfstat.com.

TOP-10 TEAM SCORES

1. Clemson 299-302-287=888 (+24)

2. Oklahoma State 299-300-290=889 (+25)

T3. UCLA 303-295-301=899 (+35)

T3. Florida 302-300-297=899 (+35)

5. Wake Forest 304-306-290=900 (+36)

6. Auburn 299-303-301=903 (+39)

7. UNLV 313-300-294=907 (+43)

8. Southern Cal 300-311-298=909 (+45)

T9. Augusta State 311-306-294=911 (+47)

T9. Arizona State 306-308-297=911 (+47)

FLORIDA SCORES

T20. Matt Every 73-78-72=223 (+7)

T32. Camilo Villegas 72-79-75=226 (+10)

T47. Jordan Code 81-71-77=229 (+13)

T72. Brett Stegmaier 83-76-73=232 (+16)

T111. James Vargas 76-75-88=239 (+23)

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