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Camilo Villegas enters the final round tied for 13th

Thursday June 3, 2004Villegas Leads Men's Golf To 6th Entering Final Day At NCAAs

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Camilo Villegas enters the final round tied for 13th

Senior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) tied a season best with a three-under 67 in leading No. 1 Florida to sixth place entering the final round of play at the 2004 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships on Thursday at The Homestead Resort’s Cascades Golf Course.

Florida shot a four-over 284 on the third day of competition and is in sixth with a score of 858 (+18). UCLA, which carded the best round of any team during the tournament with a five-under 275 on Thursday, has a five-stroke lead on Kentucky entering the final round as the Bruins are at 847 (+7). Kentucky is second at 852 (+12), followed by California at 855 (+15) and Washington and Arizona at 856 (+16).

The Gators were in position to finish the third round under par, but Florida’s five players shot a combined eight-over par on the final four holes of play to finish at four-over. Still, the Gators made the cut to the final 15 teams and are in contention to finish in the top 10 for the 26th time in school history.

"There’s been plenty of good this week, but every time you think you’re going to get a little momentum going, something has derailed," Florida coach Buddy Alexander said. "It’s been tough to take. We’re not playing poorly, we just keep killing ourselves at pivotal times when all year long we’ve been able to get it done at pivotal times.

"We’ve got to focus on us and we’ve got to focus on not making the mistakes that we’ve made for three days in a row," Alexander said. "If we had made four pars on the last hole today, we’re in third place and we’re seven shots back – that’s not insurmountable. Is 11? Time will tell, but it’s a pretty tough road ahead."

UNLV’s Ryan Moore leads the individual standings after a six-under 64 left him at 201 (-9) at the par 70, 6,679-yard course.

Villegas ended the day in a tie for 13th after his round of 67 (-3) left him at 211 (+1) for the tournament. It was Villegas’ team-leading 28th even-or-under par round this season and the fifth in his last seven rounds. Villegas enters the final day with a chance to become the first Florida player to finish in the top 10 in the SEC Championships, the NCAA Region Championships and the NCAA Championships in the same season.

"I played better today and I got off to a better start," Villegas said. "I hit more fairways, which always helps on this course. I left some out there today, which doesn’t make me happy, but I definitely played better than I did the first two days and I’m looking forward to tomorrow."

Sophomore Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) carded six birdies on the day and shot one under on the first nine holes before finishing with a 71 (+1). Stegmaier and freshman Jessie Mudd (Louisville, Ky.) are both tied for 32nd at 216 (+6) entering the fourth round. Mudd carded a one-under 34 for the first nine holes before ending the day with a 74 (+4).

Sophomore Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) finished the day with four birdies and shot a 72 (+2) to sit in a tie for 48th at 218 (+8). Sophomore James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) shot a five-over 75 and is in a tie for 81st at 221 (+11).

Florida will tee off for the final round beginning at 8:27 a.m. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com

TEAM STANDINGS

Place

Team

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

1.

UCLA

289

283

275

847

+7

2.

Kentucky

283

286

283

852

+12

3.

California

279

289

287

855

+15

T4.

Washington

289

282

285

856

+16

T4.

Arizona

292

281

283

856

+16

6.

Florida

285

289

284

858

+18

7.

Pepperdine

295

276

289

860

+20

T8.

BYU

280

290

291

861

+21

T8.

Georgia Tech

289

285

287

861

+21

10.

Texas

288

286

289

863

+23

11.

Texas A&M

291

292

284

867

+27

12.

Georgia State

292

280

297

869

+29

T13.

Penn State

289

290

290

870

+30

T13.

Oklahoma State

292

289

289

870

+30

T15.

Georgia

285

302

284

871

+31

T15.

USC

284

298

289

871

+31

T15.

Purdue

292

285

294

871

+31

18.

Clemson

285

290

297

872

+32

19.

New Mexico

291

291

294

876

+36

20.

TCU

281

292

304

877

+37

T21.

Arizona State

292

304

283

879

+39

T21.

Auburn

283

298

298

879

+39

T21.

Oklahoma

286

295

298

879

+39

24.

Kent State

294

288

299

881

+41

25.

Toledo

294

292

298

884

+44

26.

SMU

297

288

302

887

+47

27.

Wichita State

298

304

285

887

+47

28.

Vanderbilt

294

303

294

891

+51

29.

North Carolina

294

291

307

892

+52

30.

Rhode Island

299

311

302

912

+72

* Georgia won a three-way playoff to advance to the final round

FLORIDA RESULTS

Place

Player

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

T13.

Camilo Villegas

72

72

67

211

+1

T32.

Jessie Mudd

69

73

74

216

+6

T32.

Brett Stegmaier

71

74

71

216

+6

T48.

Matt Every

75

71

72

218

+8

T81.

James Vargas

73

73

75

221

+11

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