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Saturday October 4, 2003Men's Golf Moves To Second At Carpet Capital

Dalton, Ga.

Four of five players shot rounds under par as the No. 1 University of Florida menís golf team combined for an 11-under 277 to move into second place on Saturday at the 2003 Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club.

In finishing at 11-under for the day, the Gators tied for the 11th-best single-round score by par in school history. Despite the successful day, Florida still trails defending national champion Clemson by four strokes, as the Tigers boast a two-round total of 568 (-9) to the Gatorsí 572 (-4).

"I was pleased with the way we played today," coach Buddy Alexander said. "Everybody played solid and weíre just a few strokes behind. Weíll need to have all five guys play well tomorrow, but I think weíre capable and weíre within striking distance and thatís what you want to see."

The Gators were led by senior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) and freshman Jessie Mudd (Louisville, Ky.) who are both tied for eighth with scores of 142 (-2) after two rounds at the par 72, 7,010-yard course. Mudd fired off the best round of his career with a 68 (-4), which included six birdies and an eagle on the par 5 ninth hole. Villegas finished the day at two-under with a score of 70 as the All-American is looking for his third top 20 finish in as many tries this season.

After carding a four-over 76 on Friday, sophomore Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) rebounded to shoot a season-best 68 (-4) on Saturday to stand at even-par entering Sundayís final round. He led all Florida players on Saturday by sinking seven birdies and is tied for 20th.

Sophomore Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) was the fourth Gator to end the day under par as he carded his best round of the season with a one-under 71. His two-day total of 145 (+1) put him in a tie for 24th.

Sophomore James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) rounded up the field of Gators after shooting a 74 to put himself in a tie for 41st at five-over after the first two rounds.

The final round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate will be played on Sunday. For tee times and live scoring, go to www.golfstat.com

TEAM STANDINGS

Place

Team

1st Round

2nd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

1.

Clemson

289

279

568

-8

2.

Florida

295

277

572

-4

3.

Georgia

297

276

573

-3

4.

Texas

295

282

577

+1

5.

Augusta State

301

278

579

+3

6.

Georgia Tech

296

284

580

+4

7.

South Carolina

297

288

585

+9

T8.

Duke

306

284

590

+14

T8.

TCU

304

286

590

+14

T10.

UNLV

294

298

592

+16

T10.

Auburn

298

294

592

+16

12.

Wake Forest

304

292

596

+20

13.

Tennessee

303

294

597

+21

14.

Vanderbilt

302

296

598

+22

15.

North Carolina State

303

296

599

+23

16.

Oklahoma

303

299

602

+26

17.

East Tennessee State

312

298

610

+34

18.

USC

306

205

611

+35

FLORIDA RESULTS

Place

Player

1st Round

2nd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

T8.

Jessie Mudd

74

68

142

-2

T8.

Camilo Villegas

72

70

142

-2

T20.

Matt Every

76

68

144

E

T24.

Brett Stegmaier

74

71

145

+1

T41.

James Vargas

75

74

149

+5

 

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