Gators Look to Defend SEC Crown

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Courtesy of gatorzone.com
 
College CentralThe No. 1 ranked Florida Gators will embark on their quest to repeat with both a team title and an individual championship at the 2004 SEC Championship Friday through Sunday at Sea Island Country Club.
 
The Gators won the 2003 team title, while Brett Stegmaier captured individual medalist honors as a freshman in becoming Floridas 19th SEC individual champion in school history. The team title was the programs 14th. Florida has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for the bulk of the 2003-04 season, which has featured seven team victories - just one tournament win shy of the school record since 1965.
 
The Gators should have a decent chance at SEC's as Florida boasts a 40-1-0 record in head-to-head competition with other conference schools so far this season. Already one of the top teams in school history, the 2003-04 crop of Gators will look to enhance their status even more at the 2004 SEC Championships.
 
Florida enters the event having won seven of 11 tournaments this season - just one victory shy of the school record held by the 1972-73 squad. In addition, the Gators have finished inside the top five at all 11 tournaments this year. Only the 1970-71 team, which finished in the top five in all 12 tournaments it played in, has posted more top-five finishes than the current batch of Gators.
 
Floridas impressive run of winning seven of 11 tournaments this season obviously stems from excellent play from all of its players. One of the best indications is the remarkable consistency Florida has shown in the 2003-04 season. In all, the Gators playing five has accounted for 125 rounds this year with 70 being even or under par rounds - a rate of 56 percent. Senior Camilo Villegas leads the way, having carded an even or under par round in 22 of 29 rounds this year (75.8 percent), while sophomore Matt Every is a close second at 20-for-29 (69.0 percent).