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Senior Camilo Villegas led the Gators after finishing in a tie for fifth at the Mercedes-Benz

Tuesday February 10, 2004No. 1 Men's Golf Ties For Second At Mercedes-Benz

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Senior Camilo Villegas led the Gators after finishing in a tie for fifth at the Mercedes-Benz

Senior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) carded his 12th even or under par round this season and finished tied for fifth to lead No. 1 ranked Florida as the Gators tied for second at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship Tuesday afternoon at Sawgrass Country Club.

South Carolina continued to dominate the tournament on the final day as the Gamecocks shot a final round 284 (-4) to finish at 861 (-3). Florida and Oklahoma State finished 27 strokes back in a tie for second at 888 (+24), while Clemson and Texas tied for fourth at 889 (+25).

Jason Hartwick of Texas claimed medalist honors after shooting five-under in the final round for a three-day total of 211 (-5).

"Today was probably the easiest day to play of the tournament, but we didn’t play very well," Florida coach Buddy Alexander said. "It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful either. We’re still continuing to get better and we’ll improve and move forward. One of the things we talked about at the beginning of the year was consistency and our worst finish this season is a tie for third and that’s not too bad."

Villegas entered the final day in a tie for 10th and shot a final round 70 (-2) to earn his 35th career finish inside the top 20. He finished five shots behind Hartwick at 216 (E).

Freshman Jessie Mudd (Louisville, Ky.) carded a final round 76 (+4) to finish in a tie for 15th at 221 (+5). Mudd has now finished inside the top 20 in the first six collegiate tournaments to begin his career.

Sophomore Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) fell next in line for the Gators as he shot a final round 73 (+1) to end the tournament at 225 (+9) in a tie for 33rd. Sophomore Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) had five birdies and posted a season-high tying 70 (-2) in the final round to end up tied for 53rd at 230 (+14). Sophomore Ryan Cochran (Paducah, Ky.) rounded out the Gators after shooting an 82 (+10) Tuesday to finish 87th at 247 (+31).

The Gators return to action when Florida travels outside the country Feb. 22-24 for the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan.

TEAM STANDINGS

Place

Team

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

1.

South Carolina

288

289

284

861

-3

T2.

Florida

299

300

289

888

+24

T2.

Oklahoma State

308

289

291

888

+24

T4.

Clemson

306

284

299

889

+25

T4.

Texas

311

297

281

889

+25

6.

Tennessee

303

299

289

891

+27

7.

LSU

305

300

290

895

+31

T8.

North Florida

318

292

288

898

+34

T8.

Kentucky

317

288

293

898

+34

10.

Georgia

314

290

296

900

+36

11.

North Carolina State

315

295

295

905

+41

12.

Northwestern

319

297

290

906

+42

13.

Augusta State

319

295

297

911

+47

T14.

Duke

314

300

300

914

+50

T14.

Auburn

317

304

293

914

+50

16.

North Carolina

319

300

296

915

+51

17.

Florida State

326

298

295

919

+55

18.

Vanderbilt

322

301

299

922

+58

FLORIDA RESULTS

Place

Player

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

T5.

Camilo Villegas

72

74

70

216

E

T15.

Jessie Mudd

73

72

76

221

+5

T33.

Matt Every

74

78

73

225

+9

T53.

Brett Stegmaier

80

80

70

230

+14

87.

Ryan Cochran

89

76

82

247

+31

 

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