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Camilo Villegas shot a season best 67 to lead Florida on Tuesday

Monday February 23, 2004Villegas Leads No. 1 Men's Golf Into Second at PR Classic

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Camilo Villegas shot a season best 67 to lead Florida on Tuesday

Senior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) carded a season best round of 67 as Florida moved up three spots into second place Monday afternoon entering the final day of competition at the Puerto Rico Classic at the Western Rio Mar Country Club.

Florida shot an 11-under 277 in the second round, which ties for the seventh best round by par in school history. The Gators moved up from fifth after carding a 289 Sunday. Florida trails Oklahoma (563) for first by three strokes entering the final day of competition Tuesday. The Gators have a four shot lead on third-place Clemson (570).

"Today was a big day for us," Florida coach Buddy Alexander said. "We just keep rolling along. To a small degree, we had our backs against the wall and we got it done today. We’ve got a chance to win tomorrow and we’ll see what happens."

Matt Hendrix of Clemson is the individual leader entering the final round after shooting 70 in the first round and 67 Monday at the ocean course (par 72, 6,782 yards) for a two-day total of 137 (-7).

Villegas is tied for ninth at 141 (-3) and will be looking for his fifth top 10 finish this season.

Sophomores Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) are tied for 13th at 143 (-1). Every carded a two-under 70 on Tuesday, while Stegmaier posted his third straight under par round with a 71 (-1).

Junior Duke Butler IV (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) and freshman Jessie Mudd (Louisville, Ky.) are both tied for 25th with two-day totals of 146 (+2). Mudd shaved eight strokes off his 77 from Monday in shooting a 69 (-3) on Tuesday, while Butler carded a 76 on the second day.

The third and final round of the Puerto Rico Classic will be played on Tuesday. Results can be found at: www.purduesports.com

TEAM STANDINGS

Place

Team

1st Round

2nd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

1.

Oklahoma

283

280

563

-13

2.

Florida

289

277

566

-10

3.

Clemson

281

289

570

-6

4.

North Carolina State

293

283

576

E

5.

Georgia

290

292

582

+6

6.

Minnesota

288

296

584

+8

7.

Virginia

292

294

586

+10

T8.

Virginia Tech

295

292

587

+11

T8.

Texas

288

299

587

+11

T10.

Kent State

293

297

590

+14

T10.

Oklahoma State

292

298

590

+14

12.

East Tennessee State

304

289

593

+17

13.

Duke

300

294

594

+18

14.

Georgia Tech

296

299

595

+19

T15.

Purdue

300

298

598

+22

T15.

Northwestern

306

292

598

+22

17.

Illinois

306

313

619

+43

18.

Michigan

319

302

621

+45

FLORIDA RESULTS

Place

Player

1st Round

2nd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

T9.

Camilo Villegas

74

67

141

-3

T13.

Matt Every

73

70

143

-1

T13.

Brett Stegmaier

72

71

143

-1

T25.

Jessie Mudd

77

69

146

+2

T25.

Duke Butler IV

70

76

146

+2

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