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Tuesday October 26, 2004Men's Golf Places 11th at Isleworth Inviational

WINDERMERE, FL

The University of Florida men's golf team participating in the inaugural Isleworth Invitational at the Isleworth Country Club, posted a 53-over par score of 917 during the three round tournament, to finish in 11th place.

The Gators struggled on the 7,426-yard course during the final round of play, posting a 32-over par score of 320. Despite the final round set back, the Gators gained valuable tournament experience to build upon.

"For us the final round was very disappointing," Head Coach Buddy Alexander said. "You learn a lot from tournaments like this and that is what we intend to do. We will look at how we can reduce the number of mistakes we make and move on."

Leading the Gators was junior Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.), posting rounds of 67 (-5), 70 (-2) and 78 (+6), to finish tied for sixth place with a one-under par score of 215. In only his third tournament this season, Every has yet to finish a tournament above par, as he recorded even par tournament scores at both the NCAA Preview and the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Invitational.

Junior Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) tied for 52nd place, despite slicing two strokes off his second round score of 80 (+8), to card a six-over par score of 78. Stegmaier, who carded an opening round score of 76 (+4), was named a preseason All-American by Golfweek magazine.

Playing in only his third collegiate golf tournament, redshirt freshman Manuel Villegas (Medellin, Columbia) carded rounds of 80 (+8), 75 (+3) and 81 (+9), to finish tied with teammate Ryan Cochran (Paducah, Ky.) for 57th place. Cochran, recording a total score of 236 (+20), recorded a final round score of 83 (+11).

True freshman Will Strickler (Charlottesville, Va.), completed his first collegiate golf tournament and gained valuable playing experience that will help to further develop the talented rookie. By recording a 27-over par score of 243, Strickler placed 73rd.

"This team will rebound from this set back," Alexander said. "We have a lot of talent on this team and I know they are capable of bouncing back."

The Gators return to action Nov. 5-7, as they travel to The Farm to contest the postponed Carpet Capital Collegiate in Dalton, Ga. The event hosted by Georgia Tech, will feature more than 10 teams currently ranked in the Top 25.

 

 

Team Results

Team

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

Even/Over Par

1. Georgia

287

290

286

863

-1

2. Oklahoma State

297

285

291

873

+9

3. Georgia Tech

296

283

295

874

+10

4. Texas

290

299

293

882

+18

5. Augusta State

293

297

293

883

+19

6. Clemson

295

294

295

884

+20

7. Wake Forest

301

287

300

888

+24

8. Kentucky

296

291

310

897

+33

9. Vanderbilt

302

307

300

909

+45

10. North Carolina

304

306

303

913

+49

11. Florida

295

302

320

917

+53

12. Florida State

302

313

308

923

+59

T13. North Carolina State

305

298

321

924

+60

T13. UCF

306

305

313

924

+60

15. Furman

308

306

314

928

+64

16. Toledo

322

303

305

930

+66

 

Florida Results

Name

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

Even/Over Par

T6. Matt Every

67

70

78

215

-1

T52. Brett Stegmaier

76

80

78

234

+18

T57. Manuel Villegas

80

75

81

236

+20

T57. Ryan Cochran

75

78

83

236

+20

73. Will Strickler

77

79

87

243

+27

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