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Matt Every became just the seventh golfer in school history with more than one win in a season

Sunday March 21, 2004Men's Golf Wins Sixth Tournament; Every Claims Indiv. Title

Statesboro, Ga.

Matt Every became just the seventh golfer in school history with more than one win in a season

Sophomore Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) won his second medalist honor of the season, while No. 1 Florida captured its sixth tournament title of the year by 10 strokes at the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational on Sunday at Forest Heights Country Club.

The Gators 280-290-289 = 859 (-5) were the only team to shoot in the red for the tournament and their final round score of 289 was seven strokes better than the next best team. Georgia finished 10 strokes back in second at 869 (+5), while South Carolina finished third 871 (+7) at the par 72, 6,962-yard course. The 2003-04 squad is now tied with three other teams for the second most wins in a season in school history with six. The squad also finished inside the top five for the 10th straight tournament this season – just two shy of the UF record.

"It seems like every tournament that another team will play with us for the first two rounds and then we'll get some separation," Florida coach Buddy Alexander said. "Our guys are always taking turns stepping up for us at each tournament, although Matt and Camilo Villegas have stepped up and stayed there for the most part all season."

Every carded a final round 68 (-4) to finish at 207 (-9) and overtake Wake Forest’s Bill Haas, who entered the final round with a six-shot lead. Haas finished two strokes back at 209 (-7) after a final round 77 (+5). Every became just the seventh player in school history to win more than one tournament in a season after he claimed medalist honors at the Gary Koch Invitational in the fall.

"Matt played a great round," Alexander said. "He hung in there and made some birdies to get up on Bill Haas and he stayed ahead. I'm real proud of Matt picking up his second win of the year. The guy has sort of come out of nowhere to be what looks like a first team All-American."

Senior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) shot a final round score of 72 (E) to finish in a tie for fifth at 214 (-2). The even par round was his 19th of the season and the three-time All-American has now finished in the top five in four of his last five tournaments.

Rebounding from a pair of rough tournaments, freshman Jessie Mudd (Louisville, Ky.) placed inside the top 20 for the seventh time in nine tournaments this season and inside the top 10 for the second time this year by finishing in a tie for eighth. He shot a final round score of 72 (E) to finish at one-under for the tournament at 215. Mudd’s finish helped the Gators place three players in the top 10 for the fourth time this season.

Sophomore Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) finished in a tie for 47th at 226 (+10) after a final round 78 (+6), while junior Duke Butler IV (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) was one shot back in a tie for 54th at 227 (+11) after a third round score of 77 (+5).

Florida will play in its final regular season tournament next week when the Gators will travel north for the Atlanta Intercollegiate on March 29-30 at Eagle’s Landing Country Club.

TEAM STANDINGS

Place

Team

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

1.

Florida

280

290

289

859

-5

2.

Georgia

289

286

294

869

+5

3.

South Carolina

292

282

297

871

+7

4.

Duke

285

286

301

872

+8

5.

Augusta State

289

285

302

876

+12

6.

Clemson

297

283

298

878

+14

7.

LSU

287

290

302

879

+15

T8.

Wake Forest

287

282

312

881

+17

T8.

USC

285

295

301

881

+17

10.

Ohio State

290

283

309

882

+18

11.

Georgia Southern

295

288

301

884

+20

12.

North Carolina State

305

289

296

890

+26

13.

North Carolina

297

291

304

892

+28

14.

Tennessee

295

290

308

893

+29

15.

Auburn

295

292

308

895

+31

FLORIDA RESULTS

Place

Player

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

1.

Matt Every

67

72

68

207

-9

T5.

Camilo Villegas

70

72

72

214

-2

T8.

Jessie Mudd

71

72

72

215

-1

T47.

Brett Stegmaier

72

76

78

226

+10

T54.

Duke Butler IV

76

74

77

227

+11

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