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Camilo Villegas is in the hunt for his fifth straight top-five finish

Thursday May 20, 2004No. 1 Men's Golf In First After Day 1 At East Regionals

New Haven, Conn.

Camilo Villegas is in the hunt for his fifth straight top-five finish

Senior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) fired a two-under 68 to lead the No. 1 ranked Florida menís golf team to a one-shot lead after the first round at the 2004 NCAA East Region Championships on Thursday at Yale Golf Course.

Florida shot a first-round score of 286 (+6) to lead the field of 27 teams, which features 11 of the top 30 ranked squads in the nation. Georgia was behind the Gators in second at 287 (+7), followed by Clemson and Georgia State in a tie for third at 288 (+8). The top 10 teams from each of the three regionals along with the top two players from each regional not on an advancing team will play in the NCAA Championships June 1-4 in Hot Springs, Va. Florida, looking to tie the school record for team wins in a season at eight, has advanced to NCAAs in 14 of the 15 seasons since regional play was adopted in 1989.

"It didnít seem like we played well throughout the day, but this is an ornery little course," Florida coach Buddy Alexander said. "We stumbled around early on and then made a nice rally on the back nine, but then we made some bogeys coming home. But thereís a saying in golf that you canít win a tournament on the first day, but you can lose it. We didnít lose it and weíll certainly take our spot going into Friday."

Rhode Islandís Kenneth Fahey and Wake Forestís Bill Haas share the individual lead after the first round after each carded a three-under 67 at the par 70, 6,749-yard course. Villegas is in sole possession of third at 68 (-2).

Villegas, who has placed in the top five in his last four tournaments, finished at one under on both the front and back nine in notching his seventh even or under par round in 10 career rounds at regional competition. One of only five players to shoot in the red on the first day, heís in the mix to become the first Gator in school history to finish in the top 20 four times in regional competition.

Sophomores Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) both carded scores of 72 (+2) and are tied for 19th. Every is in the hunt for his 10th top 20 finish in 12 tournaments this season, while Vargas, playing in his first collegiate tournament of the spring, is looking for his third top-20-finish in five tournaments this season.

Freshman Jessie Mudd (Louisville, Ky.) recorded a four-over 74 and is tied for 41st, while sophomore Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.), who is competing less than 20 miles from his hometown, is in a tie for 72nd after a first-round score of 76 (+6).

The second round of play begins on Friday morning with the Florida set to tee off with the first group at 7:12 a.m. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com

 

TEAM STANDINGS

Place

Team

1st Round

Over/Under Par

1.

Florida

286

+6

2.

Georgia

287

+7

T3.

Georgia State

288

+8

T3.

Clemson

288

+8

5.

Penn State

290

+10

6.

Georgia Tech

291

+11

7.

Rhode Island

292

+12

T8.

North Carolina

294

+14

T8.

Auburn

294

+14

T8.

Duke

294

+14

T8.

UAB

294

+14

12.

Wake Forest

296

+16

13.

Tennessee

297

+17

T14.

N.C. State

299

+19

T14.

South Carolina

299

+19

T14.

Vanderbilt

299

+19

17.

Georgia Southern

302

+22

T18.

Augusta State

304

+24

T18.

LSU

304

+24

T18.

Georgetown

304

+24

T21.

Jacksonville State

306

+26

T21.

Maryland

306

+26

T23.

Towson

310

+30

T23.

Army

310

+30

25.

Yale

311

+31

26.

Binghamton

312

+32

27.

Long Island

321

+41

FLORIDA RESULTS

Place

Player

1st Round

Over/Under Par

3.

Camilo Villegas

68

-2

T19.

Matt Every

72

+2

T19.

James Vargas

72

+2

T41.

Jessie Mudd

74

+4

T72.

Brett Stegmaier

76

+6

 

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