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NCAA men's golf title goes to Florida

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© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 3, 2001


DURHAM, N.C. -- The Florida men's golf team shot a final-round 13-under 275 to win the NCAA Championship at the Duke University Golf Club, marking the fourth title in school history and first since 1993.

Four Gators turned in rounds below par for the final 18 holes, including individual medalist Nick Gilliam, whose 71 gave him a tournament-best 286.

"I was doing the one-word answer earlier in the week: awful and excellent. So let's go with awesome. That was an incredible show," coach Buddy Alexander said. "It was overwhelming what happened on that front nine and then it just continued right through the 14th hole. We just kept making birdies."

Florida's school-record four-round total of 1,126 was 18 strokes better than runner-up Clemson, the third-largest margin of victory since the NCAA Championships moved to four-round play in 1968.

"They basically lapped a very good field, so what they did today was Tiger-esque," said Augusta State coach Jay Seawell, whose team finished seventh at 12 over. "We thought we had a chance, but we didn't. They put a dagger in our team's heart."

TRACK AND FIELD: Angela Williams of Southern California accomplished what some of the greatest women sprinters never did -- win three consecutive 100-meter titles at the NCAA outdoor meet.

Williams sped across the finish line in Eugene, Ore., in a wind-aided 11.05 seconds, beating Shakedia Jones of UCLA by .05.

The wind died down for the men's 100 final, and LSU freshman Justin Gatlin took advantage, winning at 10.08, tying the third-fastest time in the world this year. Gatlin swept past TCU's Kim Collins with about 25-30 meters left.

Going into the final day of the four-day championships at Oregon's Hayward Field, the Oregon men and the Southern California women were the team leaders.

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