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Monday February 6, 2006M. Golf Climb To Seventh At The Mercedes-Benz Collegiate

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The No. 4 Florida Menís Golf team rebounded from a slow start at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate by recording a team score of 289 (+1) on Monday. The Gators moved up to seventh-place and find themselves trailing UCLA by 15 strokes for the lead heading into the final round.

 

Senior Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) set the pace for the comeback by shooting an even-par 72 during the second round. Stegmaier started his round on the back-nine and recorded birdies on the 10th and 13th holes. He then saved par on seven consecutive holes before making bogey on three of the last eight to finish even on the day. Stegmaier leads the Gators with a total score of 150 (+6), which puts him in a tie for seventh.

 

Senior Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) also rebounded well by recording a team-best 71 (-1). Every has carded a score of par-or-under in 10 of his 14 rounds played so far this season and is currently tied for 25th.

 

Freshmen Billy Horschel (Grant, Fla.) and Toby Ragland (Jacksonville, Fla.) both turned in solid performances for the Gators. Horschel made four birdies, including one on the par-five eighth hole to finish at 73 (+1). Ragland recorded a pair of birdies on the front-nine to finish the day at 73 (+1).

 

Sophomore Manuel Villegas (Medellin, Columbia) finds himself tied for 62nd-place after recording an 80 (+8) on Monday. Sophomore Jessie Mudd (Louisville, Ky.) lowered his first round score by five strokes after by carding an 80 (+8). Mudd is playing the tournament as an individual.

 

Florida caught a break by playing its round early on Monday morning at the Sawgrass C.C.. The wind that caused the Gators problems on Sunday was not a factor during the second round. The Gators leaped over eight teams as a result of higher scores during the later rounds.

 

ďItís not really about what other people do,Ē Florida head coach Buddy Alexander said. ďItís just about us playing better than what we did yesterday. Things happen in golf and people have a bad day. You know that these guys have pride and will do whatever it takes to get back in it.

 

The final round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Complete results can be found at www.gatorzone.com or by following live stats at www.golfstat.com.

 

 

Team Results

Place

School

Score

Par

1

UCLA

290+304 = 594

+18

2

Texas Tech

301+295 = 596

+20

T3

Georgia State

304+294 = 598

+22

T3

LSU

308+290 = 598

+22

5

Alabama

300+300 = 600

+24

6

South Carolina

308+297 = 605

+29

7

Florida

320+289 = 609

+33

8

Auburn

313+299 = 612

+36

9

North Florida

308+305 = 613

+37

T10

Tennessee

313+301 = 614

+38

T10

Missouri

312+302 = 614

+38

12

Texas-Arlington

309+307 = 616

+40

13

Coastal Carolina

319+300 = 619

+43

14

UAB

318+308 = 626

+50

15

Mercer

317+324 = 641

+65

 

Top 10 Players

Place

Name

School

Score

Par

T1

Oscar Floren

Texas Tech

71+73 = 144

E

T1

Erik Flores

UCLA

68+76 = 144

E

T3

Kevin Chappell

UCLA

73+73 = 146

+2

T3

Andrew Dresser

Texas Tech

71+75 = 146

+2

T5

Dustin Johnson

Coastal Carolina

74+73 = 147

+3

T5

Steve Tiley

Georgia State

75+72 = 147

+3

T5

Gator Todd

Alabama

75+72 = 147

+3

T5

Chris Wells

LSU

76+71 = 147

+3

9

Florian Fritsch

South Carolina

74+74 = 148

+4

T10

Charles Ford

Tennessee

78+71 = 149

+5

T10

Tim Freund

Georgia State

76+73 = 149

+5

T10

Zack Reeves

Texas-Arlington

75+74 = 149

+5

T10

Matthew Swan

Alabama

78+71 = 149

+5

T10

Beck Troutman

LSU

77+72 = 149

+5

 

Florida Results

Place

Name

1st Round

2nd Round

Total

Par

T15

Brett Stegmaier

78

72

150

+6

T25

Matt Every

81

71

152

+8

T25

Billy Horschel

79

73

152

+8

T42

Toby Ragland

82

73

155

+11

T62

Manuel Villegas

82

80

162

+18

T72

Jessie Mudd

85

80

165

+21

 

 

 

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