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Junior James Vargas fired a seven-under par 65 to lead the field at the 2005 Puerto Rico Classic

Sunday February 27, 2005Men's Golf in Second-Place After Day One at Puerto Rico Classic

Rio Grande, PR

Junior James Vargas fired a seven-under par 65 to lead the field at the 2005 Puerto Rico Classic

The No. 18 University of Florida men's golf team continued its hot streak as it fired a nine-under par opening round score of 279 on Sunday at the 2005 Puerto Rico Classic hosted by Purdue University on the Westin Rio Mar golf course.

"We had a very solid round today," Head Coach Buddy Alexander said. "Most of it was because of James Vargas, but it was a good day to play and it wasn't as windy as it can be here sometimes."

Junior James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) fired his best single round as a Gator and the fourth-best round in relation to par in UF history since 1981-82 by carding a seven-under par score of 65 to lead the field after the first round.

"It was nice to see James play so well today," Alexander said. "It was by far his best round as a Gator and he is very capable of playing this well all the time. He is in a real good state of mind and putted very well today. His putting has improved over the last few months and he has been striking the ball better."

Continuing his solid play this spring, junior Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) carded a two-under par opening-round score of 70 to finish in a tie for 13th-place entering the second round of play.

The junior duo of Ryan Cochran (Paducah, Ky.) and Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) finished the first day of play tied for 30th-place by carding an even par score of 72.

Redshirt senior transfer Richard Treis (Baden-Baden, Germany) wrapped up his first round of play by firing a four-over par score of 76 to sit in a tie for 66th-place respectively.

The 2005 Puerto Rico Classic continues tomorrow through Tuesday, March 1 with 18 holes scheduled for the remaining two days of play at the River Course of the Westin Rio Mar Golf Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Team Results:

Place

School

Score

Over/Under Par

1.

Georgia

278

-10

2.

Florida

279

-9

T3.

Clemson

280

-8

T3.

Georgia Tech

280

-8

5.

Oklahoma State

282

-6

6.

Arizona State

284

-4

7.

North Carolina State

286

-2

8.

Oklahoma

287

-1

9.

Alabama

289

+1

10.

Duke

292

+4

11.

East Tennessee State

293

+5

12.

Purdue

295

+7

13.

Minnesota

296

+8

14.

Illinois

299

+11

T15.

Michigan

300

+12

T15.

Northwestern

300

+12

T17.

Kent State

301

+13

T17.

Virginia Tech

301

+13

Florida Results:

Place

Name

Score

Under/Over Par

1

James Vargas

65

-7

T13

Brett Stegmaier

70

-2

T30

Ryan Cochran

72

E

T30

Matt Every

72

E

T66

Richard Treis

76

+4

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