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Junior Matt Every led the No. 10 Gators to a third-place finish at the Southern Highlands Collegiate

Sunday March 13, 2005No. 10 Men's Golf Places Third at 2005 Southern Highlands Collegiate

Las Vegas, Nev.

Junior Matt Every led the No. 10 Gators to a third-place finish at the Southern Highlands Collegiate

The No. 10 University of Florida men's golf team wrapped up the 2005 Southern Highlands Collegiate Championships at the Southern Highlands Golf Club by firing a two-under par final round score of 286 to finish in third-place. With an eight-over par tournament score of 872, the Gators finished 17 strokes behind the host No. 15 UNLV, the tournament's champion.

"We had another solid final day," Head Coach Buddy Alexander said. "It was nice to pick up a couple of spots in such a deep field. I think this tournament shows a continuation of our solid play this semester and I don't think we'll play against a better field until we reach NCAA competition."

Having another strong day on the links for the Gators, junior Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) completed the tournament with a three-under par total score of 213. By firing rounds of 77-67-69=213, Every placed fifth overall.

Closing out the final round with a team-best score of 68 (-4), junior Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) tallied a two-over par tournament total of 218. Shooting rounds of 74-76-68=218, Stegmaier tied for the No.15 place.

"Brett and Matt had strong days for us today and helped put us in a good position to move up in the standings," Alexander said.

Junior James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) remained consistent throughout the three-day tournament as he fired rounds of 72-73-74=219 (+3) to earn a tie for 18th-place.

Redshirt senior Richard Treis (Baden-Baden, Germany) recorded rounds of 73-74-75=222 (+3) to finish outside the top-20 for the first time this spring as he completed the three-round event in a tie for 25th-place.

Matching his second round total of six-over 78, redshirt freshman Manuel Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) finished the event with a three-round score of 237 (+21). Villegas, who was challenged all tournament by the 7,510-yard course, placed 73rd.

"I think we have played our last four tournaments in a very similar style and that has been very solid," Alexander said. "Sometimes that has been good enough to win, but if we keep doing what we're doing it has shown us that we have a chance to win a few tournaments and maybe win the big one if we can continue to play solid golf."

The 10th-ranked Gators will travel to Statesboro, Ga. on March 19-20 for the 2005 Chris Schenkel Invitational at the Forest Heights Country Club hosted by Georgia Southern.

Team Results:

Place

Team

1st Round

2nd Round

Final Round

Total

Under/Over Par

1.

UNLV

294

281

280

855

-9

2.

Georgia

296

281

293

870

+6

3.

Florida

296

290

286

872

+8

4.

Oklahoma State

292

284

298

874

+10

5.

Arizona State

288

288

300

876

+12

6.

Georgia Tech

297

283

297

877

+13

7.

Wake Forest

297

283

304

884

+20

8.

South Carolina

290

296

304

890

+26

9.

UCLA

290

303

298

891

+27

T10.

New Mexico

303

289

304

896

+32

T10.

TCU

300

296

300

896

+32

12.

Washington

293

303

305

901

+37

13.

Clemson

300

297

306

903

+39

14.

Auburn

299

300

306

905

+41

15.

Texas

302

302

304

908

+44

 

Florida Results:

Place

Name

1st Round

2nd Round

Final Round

Total

Under/Over Par

5.

Matt Every

77

67

69

213

-3

T15.

Brett Stegmaier

74

76

68

218

+2

T18.

James Vargas

72

73

74

219

+3

T25.

Richard Treis

73

74

75

222

+6

73.

Manuel Villegas

81

78

78

237

+21

 

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