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Tuesday September 28, 2004Men's Golf Ties for Fourth at PING/Golfweek Preview

Baltimore, Md.

Junior All-American Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) fired an even par total score of 210 to lead the No. 1 University of Florida men's golf team into a tie for fourth place with Texas at the 16th annual PING/Golfweek Preview Tournament hosted by Loyola (Md.) College at the Caves Valley Golf Club.

The Gators, who were forced to open the 2004-05 season a week late because of the effects of Hurricane Ivan, placed three golfers in the top 25 of the event.

"On the first day, we didn't play well in the morning," Head Coach Buddy Alexander said. "We played our way back into the tournament in the afternoon and we gave ourselves a chance to move up on the final day."

At the close of the first day, the Gators were in seventh place, needing to make up 10 strokes to climb atop the leaderboard. Florida managed to climb three places in the final rankings to finish tied for fourth with a 22-over par score of 862.

Every, who placed fifth, led the Gators by posting the 11th top-10 finish of his career and was the only UF golfer to record more than one round under par.

Junior All-American Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn./Avon Old Farms) tied for 19th place overall by posting a six-over par total of 216. Recording a seven-over par score of 217, junior James Vargas (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) was in a stalemate for 21st place.

Competing in his first career tournament, redshirt freshman Manuel Villegas (Medellin, Columbia/The Columbus School) carded a 16-over par score of 226 to tie for 56th place. Redshirt senior Duke Butler IV (Ponte Vedra Fla./Texas A&M) tied for 60th with a 17-over par total of 227.

"As a team we have some improvements to make," Alexander said. "We are going to address those areas for our next tournament in hopes of developing into a more consistent team."

The Gators return to action in Tampa, Fla., on Oct. 11-12, as they host the Gary Koch Invitational at the Old Memorial Golf Course.

TEAM STANDINGS

Place

Team

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

Over/Under

Par

1.

Oklahoma State

288

276

284

848

+8

2.

Georgia Tech

284

283

285

852

+12

3.

Georgia

290

292

279

861

+21

T4.

Florida

296

278

288

862

+22

T4.

Texas

284

289

289

862

+22

6.

Arizona State

284

293

286

863

+23

7.

TCU

286

281

297

864

+24

8.

Kentucky

296

291

279

866

+26

9

UNLV

290

292

286

868

+28

10.

Pepperdine

292

297

288

877

+37

11.

Clemson

300

285

297

882

+42

T12.

California

305

294

285

884

+44

T12.

Arizona

296

293

295

884

+44

T12.

UCLA

298

293

293

884

+44

15.

Loyola College

304

309

304

917

+77

OVERALL RESULTS

Place

Player

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

1.

Pablo Martin-Ok. State

69

66

71

206

-4

2.

Matthew Rosenfeld- Texas

70

71

67

208

-2

T3.

Ryan Moore- UNLV

73

70

66

209

-1

T3.

Jesse Mueller- Ariz. State

67

71

71

209

-1

T5.

Matt Every-Florida

73

68

69

210

E

T5.

Michael Putnam-Pepperdine

70

71

69

210

E

T7.

Roberto Castro- Ga. Tech

68

72

71

211

+1

T7.

Tyler Leon- Ok. State

71

71

69

211

+1

T7.

Matthew Mills- Texas

71

70

70

211

+1

10.

Chris Kirk- Georgia

69

72

71

212

+2

FLORIDA RESULTS

Place

Player

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

T5.

Matt Every

73

68

69

210

E

T19.

Brett Stegmaier

72

73

71

216

+6

T21.

James Vargas

76

67

74

217

+7

T56.

Manuel Villegas

75

70

81

226

+16

T60.

Duke Butler IV

76

77

74

227

+17

 

 

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