Florida Cruises to Mens Title


The University of Florida blitzed the field Sunday en route to capturing the schools fourth NCAA Division I Mens National Championship.
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The Gators fired a final-round 13-under-par 275 to finish the four-day tournament at 26-under, a full 18 shots clear of runner-up Clemson.
Arizona finished in third place with a total of 7-under-par.
The Wildcats led the tournament as the third round was suspended Friday at The Duke Golf Club in Durham, N.C., due to heavy rains.
Florida was able to go out Saturday morning and tie Arizona for the top spot by the completion of the third round.
They then raced past the Wildcats in the final round. Camilo Benedetti, who fired a tournament-low 7-under-par 65, led the Gators on Saturday.
Benedetti finished tied with Augusta States Jamie Elson for second place in the individual race. Florida senior Nick Gilliam took home medallist honors. He shot 71 in the final round to finish at 12-under-par. The win was the first in Gilliams collegiate career.
Arizona sophomore Ricky Barnes shared the lead with Gilliam through three rounds, but carded a final-round 6-over-par 78 to tie for seventh.
Team Scores
1. Florida, U. of -26 (1126)
2. Clemson University -8 (1144)
3. Arizona, U. of -7 (1145)
4. Georgia Tech -4 (1148)
5. Georgia, U. of E (1152)
6. Arizona State U. +10 (1162)
7. Augusta State U. +12 (1164)
8. Virginia Tech +13 (1165)
9. East Tennessee St. +15 (1167)
10. Wake Forest Univ. +16 (1168)
11. Pacific, U. of the +25 (1177)
T12. Oklahoma, U. of +27 (1179)
T12. Oregon State U. +27 (1179)
T12. UAB +27 (1179)
15. Southern Methodist +38 (1190)
Top-10 Individual Scores
1. Nick Gilliam Florida, U. of -12 (69-70-66-71-276)
T2. Camilo Benedetti Florida, U. of -9 (74-71-69-65-279)
T2. Jamie Elson Augusta State U. -9 (73-65-70-71-279)
T4. Kris Mikkelsen Georgia Tech -7 (66-72-72-71-281)
T4. Chez Reavie Arizona State U. -7 (71-67-74-69-281)
6. Jon Mills Kent State -6 (71-73-67-71-282)
7. D.J. Trahan Clemson University -5 (72-71-71-69-283)
T8. Ricky Barnes Arizona, U. of -4 (68-65-72-79-284)
T8. Troy McKinley Pacific, U. of the -4 (70-68-74-72-284)
T8. Bryce Molder Georgia Tech -4 (73-72-66-73-284)