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Sunday September 14, 2003Men's Golf Wins Season-Opening Tournament

Johnson City, Tenn.

Behind three top-10 finishes, the No. 3 Florida menís golf team won its opening tournament of the fall 2003 season after carding a final round 284 to finish at 10-under at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges Golf and Country Club on Sunday.

The Gators won their second straight opening tournament and their eighth since 1965 by five strokes over second-place TCU and by 17 over Clemson and USC, which tied for third. Bill Haas of Wake Forest claimed medalist honors with a three round total of 206 (-10) at the par 72, 7,147-yard course. Sixteen of the 18 teams in the tournament entered the competition ranked in the top 30.

"Youíre always optimistic at the beginning of each season about your team and this reconfirms that this is a good team," head coach Buddy Alexander said. "Itís a great way to start of the season. Weíve started the year off undefeated and thatís what youíre always looking to do. This gives our team confidence because they know that they can play with the best in the country."

Senior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) kicked off the 2003 fall campaign by finishing in a tie for second with a final round of 71 (-1) to end up at six-under for the tournament. After starting slow on Sunday, he capped the afternoon with four birdies on the back nine in earning the 18th top-five finish of his career.

Sophomore James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) was just two strokes behind Villegas at 212 (-4) after shooting an even-par 72 on Sunday to finish fourth Ė the third top-five finish of his career.

After carding a first round score of 76, sophomore Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) rebounded to place in a tie for ninth with a three-round total of 215 (-1). He picked up his second eagle of the tournament at the par 5 tenth hole on Sunday and finished at 69 (-3).

Freshman Jessie Mudd (Louisville, Ky.) ended the first collegiate tournament of his career with an even-par 72. His three round sum of 217 (+1) placed him in a tie for 15th.

Sophomore Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) rounded up the field of Gators after shooting a 75 (+3) on Sunday to finish at 228 (+12) for the tournament and in a tie for 66th.

The Gators return to action when Florida travels to Hot Springs, Va., for the NCAA Preview at the Homestead (par 70, 6,679-yards) on Sept. 22-23.

 

TEAM STANDINGS

  1. Florida 290-280-284 = 854 (-10)
  2. TCU 294-283-282 = 859 (-5)

T3. Clemson 291-288-292 = 871 (+7)

T3. USC 294-285-292 = 871 (+7)

  1. South Carolina 294-292-286 = 872 (+8)
  2. Georgia 289-301-284 = 874 (+10)
  3. Oklahoma 293-297-287 = 877 (+13)
  4. Wake Forest 293-289-299 = 881 (+17)
  5. Georgia Tech 293-288-302 = 883 (+19)
  6. North Carolina 304-288-294 = 886 (+22)
  7. Tennessee 288-294-308 = 890 (+26)
  8. Kansas 301-297-294 = 892 (+28)
  9. Tulsa 295-303-295 = 893 (+29)
  10. Auburn 305-294-300 = 899 (+35)
  11. Alabama 299-311-291 = 901 (+37)
  12. Illinois 298-302-304 = 904 (+40)
  13. East Tennessee State 300-311-294 = 905 (+41)
  14. Virginia Tech 309-302-304 = 915 (+51)

FLORIDA RESULTS

T2. Camilo Villegas 69-70-71 = 210 (-6)

3. James Vargas 70-70-72 = 212 (-4)

T9. Matt Every 76-70-69 = 215 (-1)

T15. Jessie Mudd 75-70-72 = 217 (+1)

T66. Brett Stegmaier 79-74-75 = 228 (+12)

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