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Sunday April 17, 2005Men's Golf Finishes Fourth at SEC Championships

Sea Island, Ga.

The University of Florida mens golf team had a challenging final day of competition in the 2005 Southeastern Conference Mens Golf Championships at the Sea Island Golf Club. The Gators finished the SEC Championships in fourth-place with a 48-over par total score of 888, 13 strokes back of Kentucky that claimed the event for the first time in school history.

 

Its disappointing when you dont perform well on the final day of a tournament, especially when its the SEC Championships, Head Coach Buddy Alexander said. Its definitely tough to take, but I told our team that the day is ruined but the season isnt. There are still goals that this team can accomplish and well come back and work hard to give ourselves a chance of accomplishing them.

 

Leading the Gators was Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) as he carded rounds of 75-70-72=217 (+7) to finish tied for fourth-place. The fourth-place effort by Stegmaier marks the second career top-five finish at the SEC Championships for the junior as he won the 2003 SEC Individual title as a freshman. Stegmaier has recorded five top-10 finishes in seven tournaments this spring and has shaved over two strokes off his average from the end of the fall season till now.

 

Finishing in the top-10 at the SEC Championships for the second time in his career, junior Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) recorded rounds of 71-74-75=220 (+10) to finish tied for 10th-place. The 10th-place finish gives Every six top-10 finishes this season and has moved him into a tie with current UF assistant coach Josh McCumber with 16 top-10 finishes in his career, eighth-most since accurate records began being kept in 1987.

 

Junior James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) notched rounds of 72-73-80=225 (+15) to finish tied for 22nd-place. The three-day effort by Vargas earned him his best career finish at the SEC Championships, as he tied for 24th-place overall in his freshman season.

 

Shooting rounds of 76-75-76=227 (+17), redshirt senior Richard Treis (Baden-Baden, Germany) got his first taste of postseason play since the 2003 season when he won the 2003 Atlantic Coast Conferences Individual crown as a member of the North Carolina squad. Treis, who was injured in the 2003 ACC Championships and missed almost all of 2004 with an injury, finished tied for 31st-place in his only trip to the SEC Championships.

 

Junior Ryan Cochran (Paducah, Ky.) played to rounds of 76-80-79=235 (+25) to finish tied for 48th-place in his first trip to the SEC Championships.

 

The Gators will have nearly a month to prepare for the NCAA Regional Golf Championships that will take place May 19-21, in Nashville, Tenn. at the Golf Club of Tennessee.

 

Team Results:

Place

Team

1st Round

2nd Round

Final Round

Total Score

Even/Over Par

1.

Kentucky

290

302

283

875

+35

2.

Auburn

296

295

286

877

+37

3.

Georgia

302

292

289

883

+43

4.

Florida

294

292

302

888

+48

5.

Tennessee

298

298

293

889

+49

T6.

South Carolina

298

300

301

899

+59

T6.

LSU

305

299

295

899

+59

8.

Arkansas

305

304

296

905

+65

9.

Alabama

295

300

313

908

+68

10.

Mississippi State

303

301

310

914

+74

11.

Ole Miss

311

309

295

915

+75

12.

Vanderbilt

306

302

309

917

+77

 

Florida Results:

Place

Name

1st Round

2nd Round

Final Round

Total Score

Even/Over Par

T4.

Brett Stegmaier

75

70

72

217

+7

T10.

Matt Every

71

74

75

220

+10

T22.

James Vargas

72

73

80

225

+15

T31.

Richard Treis

76

75

76

227

+17

T48.

Ryan Cochran

76

80

79

235

+25

 

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