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Thursday June 2, 2005Men's Golf Moves into Tie for 13th-Place at NCAA Championships

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The University of Florida men's golf team had another challenging day at the 2005 NCAA Men's Golf Championships. The Gators fired an 11-over par second round score of 291 to bring their team total to 580 (+20) for the tournament. The University of Georgia continues to lead the field as the Bulldogs currently sit at two-under par through 36 holes.

 

"All around it was not a real good day for us," Head Coach Buddy Alexander said. "We got off to a good start and then hit a few holes where we struggled. Once we got past those holes I thought we were playing better and heading in the right direction, but then we had two double bogies on the final hole. So all-in-all it was a frustrating day."

 

The duo of Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) led the Gators during round two, as the pair finished the day with a one-over par score of 71. By carding a 71, Stegmaier matched his best round on the Caves Valley Country Club Course. The duo sits at five-over par with two rounds left to play in the tournament.

 

"Matt and Brett had a solid but not spectacular day," Alexander said. "They played pretty well and made some good shots today when they had to."

 

Redshirt senior Richard Treis (Baden-Baden, Germany) wasn't far behind his teammates, as he finished the day with a two-over par score of 72. After 36 holes, Treis sits at six-over par with a score of 146.

 

"I thought Richard battled real well for us today," Alexander said. "He hung in there and made some tough shots."

 

Having the most challenging day for the Gators was junior James Vargas (Miami, Fla.). Entering the round tied for fourth-place overall, Vargas recorded a seven-over par round of 77 to close out the second round with a total tournament score of 144 (+4).

 

Competing in his first career NCAA Championships, redshirt freshman Manuel Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) added a nine-over par round of 79 to go with his five-over par opening round score of 75. The Colombian native owns a total tournament score of 154 (+14).

 

"I still believe that we have two good rounds of golf in us," Alexander said. "We are in need of a good round tomorrow and hopefully that will get us back into the tournament. At this point we can't worry what anyone else does, we just need to focus on our game and play well. There's no reason to be down because there still is time to make a move and I know we are capable of playing much better than these last two days."

 

The 2005 NCAA Men's Golf Championships continue tomorrow through Saturday at the Caves Valley Country Club. Third round highlights can be seen on The Golf Channel from 3-5 p.m. Live scoring and daily updates can be found at www.GatorZone.com.

 

Team Results:

Place

Team

Rnd. 1

Rnd. 2

Total

Relation to Par

1.

Georgia

274

284

558

-2

2.

Tennessee

279

288

567

+7

3.

Georgia Tech

288

281

569

+9

4.

Southern California

290

282

572

+12

T5.

UNLV

284

290

574

+14

T5.

Duke

288

286

574

+14

T5.

Georgia State

287

287

574

+14

T5.

Washington

289

285

574

+14

T9.

Augusta State

286

289

575

+15

T9.

BYU

285

290

575

+15

11.

Arizona State

291

285

576

+16

12.

Arizona

282

296

578

+18

T13.

Florida

289

291

580

+20

T13.

Wake Forest

287

293

580

+20

15.

Oklahoma State

292

289

581

+21

16.

Kentucky

291

292

583

+23

T17.

SMU

287

297

584

+24

T17.

Alabama

291

293

584

+24

T17.

Georgia Southern

286

298

584

+24

T17.

Arkansas

288

296

584

+24

21.

Coastal Carolina

284

301

585

+25

22.

Missouri

300

286

586

+26

23.

San Diego St.

290

297

587

+27

24.

Stanford

296

292

588

+28

25.

New Mexico

289

300

589

+29

T26.

Tulsa

290

302

592

+32

T26.

Texas A&M

296

296

592

+32

28.

Texas

298

297

595

+35

29.

Purdue

299

299

598

+38

30.

UCLA

299

301

600

+40

 

Florida Results:

Place

Name

Rnd. 1

Rnd. 2

Total

Relation to Par

T37.

James Vargas

67

77

144

+4

T48.

Matt Every

74

71

145

+5

T48.

Brett Stegmaier

74

71

145

+5

T57.

Richard Treis

74

72

146

+6

T141.

Manuel Villegas

75

79

154

+14

 

 

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