Men's Golf Takes 13th At Sun Trust Gator Invitational

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Feb. 11, 2007

Orlando, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF men's golf team finished its season-opening tournament in 13th-place at the Sun Trust Gator Invitational. The Golden Knights turned in their best round of the two-day, 54-hole event on Sunday at the University Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla., by carding a 293 (+13). The tally by UCF was the sixth best score turned in by the 14-team field during the final round.

Top-ranked and tournament host Florida won the tournament by 11 strokes, after holding just a one-shot lead entering the final round. Junior Manuel Villegas led after each round and earned medalist honors with three-round total of 204 (-6). Florida State took second at 861, thanks to the best round of the tournament - a 65 (-5) by Matthew Savage.

Junior Giwon Suh (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) was the top Golden Knight finisher, tying for 31st with a total score of 219. Sophomore Greg Forest (Palm City, Fla./Martin County) had the best final round score for UCF on Sunday. After firing a pair of 76's on Saturday, Forest improved his score by four strokes with a 72 (+2). Forest tied for 51st with a 224 (+14), while fellow sophomore Kyle Davis (Kennett Square, Pa./Unionville) was stroke behind at 225 (+15, t-53rd).

Freshman David Palm (Jacksonville, Fla./Bertram Trail) wound up in a tie for 60th and sophomore Preston Brown (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) rounded out the Knights in the field in 67th.

Final Round Team LeaderboardRank Team Scores1 Florida 280-289-281=850 (+10)2 Florida State 284-287-290=861 (+21)3 Wake Forest 280-288-294=862 (+22)4 Coastal Carolina 290-284-290=864 (+24)5 Georgia Southern 287-284-295=866 (+26)6 UAB 287-289-293=869 (+29)T7 Tulsa 290-294-287=871 (+31)T7 Georgia State 292-286-293=871 (+31)9 North Florida 293-292-287=872 (+32)10 Kentucky 295-293-293=881 (+41)11 Ohio State 283-300-299=882 (+42)12 LSU 296-295-293=884 (+44)13 UCF 297-297-293=887 (+47)14 Purdue 299-303-304=906 (+66)
Final Round Player LeaderboardRank Player, team Scores1 Manuel Villegas, Florida 67-68-69=204 (-6)2 Bryan Jones, Georgia Southern 71-68-71=210 (E)3 Webb Simpson, Wake Forest 70-70-71=211 (+1)T4 Tyler Brown, Florida 69-71-72=212 (+2)T4 Matthew Savage, Florida State 72-75-65=212 (+2)T4 Will Strickler, Florida 68-72-72=212 (+2)
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