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Saturday November 8, 2003Men's Golf Advances To Hooters Match Play Final

North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The No. 1 University of Florida menís golf team closed out its second round match against No. 14 Texas before going on to defeat No. 5 Georgia Tech 3-1-1 Saturday at the Hooters Menís Match Play Collegiate Championship at Barefoot Resort.

Senior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) tied Jeff Bell of Texas on the last hole to win 1 up and give the Gators a 3-2 win in closing the second round. Against Georgia Tech in the third round, sophomores Ryan Cochran (Paducah, Ky.) and Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) and freshman Jessie Mudd won matches to lead Florida into the tournament championship against No. 12 UNLV on Sunday.

"Weíre having a good week here so far," Florida coach Buddy Alexander said. "This tournament is kind of exciting because of the format and it lends itself to close finishes and excitement. The kids are playing hard and well at the right time."

Stegmaierís win against Kevin Larsen of Georgia Tech, who was rated as the No. 48 player in the nation in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, prevented a playoff and gave the Gators the clinching 3-1-1 win. Stegmaier fell behind by as many as two holes, but rebounded to tie things up on the 16th hole before winning the last two.

"Brett was the hero today," Alexander said. "He could have lost those last two holes and then Camilo would have gone into a playoff, but he gutted it out and pulled out a win."

At the time, Cochran and Mudd had already wrapped up wins for the Gators. Cochran defeated Georgia Techís Chan Wongluekiet 7 and 6 and led the entire way, as did Mudd, who beat Michael Barbosa 5 and 4.

Villegas halved with Thomas Jordan of Georgia Tech after leading for much of the match. Jordan fought back to a tie at hole No. 17 and the two each shot a five on the final hole.

Sophomore Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) dropped his first match of the tournament, 3 and 2, to the No. 21 player in the country in Georgia Techís Roberto Castro.

UNLV and Florida will square off for the championship Sunday morning with the teams set to tee off at 8:30 a.m. For live scoring, go to www.golfstat.com

FLORIDA RESULTS

Team Scores

Third Round

Florida def. Georgia Tech 3-1-1

Second Round

Florida def. Texas 3-2

Individual Results

Third Round

Roberto Castro (GT) def. Matt Every (UF) 3 and 2

Brett Stegmaier (UF) def. Kevin Larsen (GT) 2 up

Camilo Villegas (UF) halved with Thomas Jordan (GT)

Jessie Mudd (UF) def. Michael Barbosa (GT) 5 and 4

Ryan Cochran (UF) def. Chan Wongluekiet (GT) 7 and 6

Second Round

Matt Every (UF) def. Jason Hartwick (UT) 3 and 2

Matthew Rosenfeld (UT) def. Brett Stegmaier (UF) 2 up

Camilo Villegas (UF) def. Jeff Bell (UT) 1 up

Jessie Mudd (UF) def. Rusty Kennedy (UT) 5 and 4

Shaun Goodwin (UT) def. Ryan Cochran (UF) 6 and 5

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