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Camilo Villegas finished in the top five for the fifth straight tournament

Saturday May 22, 2004Villegas Ties For 2nd; No. 1 Men's Golf Advances to NCAAs

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Camilo Villegas finished in the top five for the fifth straight tournament

Senior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) finished one stroke behind the leader in a tie for second as the No. 1 Florida menís golf team broke a school record in posting its 13th consecutive top-five finish of the season as the Gators took fifth after the final round of play at the 2004 NCAA East Region Championships on Saturday at Yale Golf Course.

As one of the top 10 teams at one of the three regional tournaments, Florida will advance to the NCAA Championships June 1-4 at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.

Clemson won the tournament after a final round 277 (-3) left the Tigers at 856 (+16). Penn State finished second at 862 (+22) with Georgia and Georgia Tech tying for third at 864 (+24) and the Gators coming in fifth at 866 (+26) after a final round 290 (+10). Florida has now placed in the top five at regionals in 11 of 16 opportunities.

Wake Forestís Bill Haas won the individual title by one stroke over Villegas and Kenneth Fahey of Rhode Island after a final round 70 left Haas at 207 (-3) at the par 70, 6,749-yard course. Villegas became the first player at Florida to finish in the top 20 at regionals four times. He posted his ninth even or under par round in 12 career rounds at regional competition and his team leading 27th of the season. Villegas has now finished in the top five in his last five tournaments and in the top 20 in 17 of his last 18 tournaments.

Sophomore Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) closed out the tournament with a final round 76 (+6) to finish in a tie for 31st at 219 (+9). It was just the third tournament of the season in which Every didnít finish in the top 10 as well as the third in which he failed to record an even or under par round.

Playing in his first tournament of the spring, sophomore James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) finished one stroke behind Every in a tie for 41st at 220 (+10) after a final round score of 74 (+4).

Sophomore Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) rebounded from rough first and second rounds to shoot an even par 70 to close out the tournament. He finished tied for 68th at 225 (+15). His third round score matched his second best final round score this season and was his 13th even or under par round on the year.

Rounding out the Gators was freshman Jessie Mudd (Louisville, Ky.) who carded a 78 (+8) in the final round to finish the tournament tied for 81st with a three-round score of 227 (+17).

Florida will join 29 other teams at the NCAA Championships. The appearance will be the 41st in the programís history as the Gators also will play in the event for the 21st time in the last 22 years.

TEAM STANDINGS

Place

Team

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

1.

Clemson

288

291

277

856

+16

2.

Penn State

290

285

287

862

+22

T3.

Georgia Tech

291

288

285

864

+24

T3.

Georgia

287

293

284

864

+24

5.

Florida

286

290

290

866

+26

6.

Auburn

294

286

287

867

+27

7.

Georgia State

288

300

283

871

+31

8.

Rhode Island

292

289

296

877

+37

9.

Vanderbilt

299

291

290

880

+40

T10.

North Carolina

294

283

305

882

+42

T10.

N.C. State

299

290

293

882

+42

T12.

Wake Forest

296

288

299

883

+43

T12.

LSU

304

292

287

883

+43

T12.

Duke

294

295

294

883

+43

15.

Georgia Southern

302

292

291

885

+45

16.

Jacksonville State

306

282

299

887

+47

17.

South Carolina

299

293

297

889

+49

18.

Tennessee

297

292

302

891

+51

19.

Augusta State

304

292

301

897

+57

20.

Maryland

306

298

301

905

+65

21.

UAB

294

303

313

910

+70

22.

Georgetown

304

307

303

914

+74

T23.

Binghamton

312

297

315

924

+84

T23.

Army

310

304

310

924

+84

25.

Towson

310

300

315

925

+85

26.

Yale

311

302

315

928

+88

27.

Long Island

321

313

334

968

+128

* Teams in bold advance to NCAA Championships

FLORIDA RESULTS

Place

Player

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

2.

Camilo Villegas

68

70

70

208

-2

T31.

Matt Every

72

71

76

219

+9

T41.

James Vargas

72

74

74

220

+10

T68.

Brett Stegmaier

76

79

70

225

+15

T81.

Jessie Mudd

74

75

78

227

+17

 

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