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The Gator men's golf team remained in second-place after day two at the 2005 Puerto Rico Classic

Monday February 28, 2005No. 18 Men's Golf Remains in Second-Place at 2005 Puerto Rico Classic

Rio Grande, PR

The Gator men's golf team remained in second-place after day two at the 2005 Puerto Rico Classic

The No. 18 University of Florida men's golf team remained in second-place on Monday at the 2005 Puerto Rico Classic after firing a five-under par second-round score of 283 on the River Course of the Westin Rio Mar Golf Course. The Gators, who have come from behind in their last two tournaments on the final day, are four strokes back of No. 3 Georgia Tech.

"We had another solid day even though we were a little four-legged today," Head Coach Buddy Alexander said. "Ryan got off to a tough start and we were fortunate to have the other guys on the team card solid rounds."

Redshirt senior transfer Richard Treis (Baden-Baden, Germany) rebounded from his challenging first day to lead the Gators in the second round by firing a four-under par score of 68.

"Richard had a tough start because he bogeyed the first two holes," Alexander said. "He kept it together and was able to have a really nice round by shooting a 68."

The duo of Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) and Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) remained consistent as each player matched their first round score. Firing back-to-back rounds of two-under par 70, Stegmaier is currently tied for seventh-place with a four-under par total score of 140. Every, who has an even par total score of 144, has fired consecutive rounds of even par 72, to sit tied for 17th-place with Treis.

After leading the field with a seven-under par score of 65 from the first round, junior James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) recorded a one-over par score of 73 to earn a third-place tie with a total score of 138.

Junior Ryan Cochran (Paducah, Ky.) had a challenging day as he carded a 10-over par second round score of 82 to go with his opening round even par score of 72. Cochran is tied for 75th-place with a total score of 154.

"We are very much in the hunt to win another tournament," Alexander said. We will be in the final group tomorrow with two top-three teams and a chance to put our fall season further behind us. "It will be an interesting day and I think that we are establishing more and more that we are one of the better teams in the country."

The 2005 Puerto Rico Classic concludes tomorrow with the final 18 holes scheduled for Tuesday morning at the River Course of the Westin Rio Mar Golf Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Team Results:

Place

School

1st Round

2nd Round

Total

Under/Over Par

1.

Georgia Tech

280

278

558

-18

2.

Florida

279

283

562

-14

3.

Oklahoma State

282

283

565

-11

4.

Arizona State

284

286

570

-6

5.

Georgia

278

298

576

E

6.

Clemson

280

298

578

+2

7.

Duke

292

289

581

+5

8.

Purdue

295

288

583

+7

T9.

Oklahoma

287

300

587

+11

T9.

East Tennessee State

293

294

587

+11

T11.

Alabama

289

299

588

+12

T11.

Minnesota

296

292

588

+12

13

North Carolina State

286

303

589

+13

14

Kent State

301

296

597

+21

15

Illinois

299

305

604

+28

T16.

Michigan

300

307

607

+31

T16.

Northwestern

300

307

607

+31

18.

Virginia Tech

301

308

609

+33

Florida Results:

Place

Name

1st Round

2nd Round

Total

Under/Over Par

T3.

James Vargas

65

73

138

-6

T7.

Brett Stegmaier

70

70

140

-4

T17.

Matt Every

72

72

144

E

T17.

Richard Treis

76

68

144

E

T75.

Ryan Cochran

72

82

154

+10

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