The 23-year-old Englishman who was an All-SEC performer at UF clinched his first European Tour title with an 18-under 270 total, holding off second-place Thomas Detry, whose 6-under 66 had briefly given him a share of the lead.
Mia Villegas was taken to the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami on March 14 after Villegas and his wife Maria noticed the couple's only child was no longer as active as before and had been crying at night. After scans, the tumors were discovered.
Deacon won the Florida Open in 2017 at Black Diamond.
Villegas, 38 and with a thin gray stubble beard these days, wasn’t sure that he wanted to talk publicly about his daughter’s illness, just as he wasn’t sure whether he could leave her side to play in this week’s Korn Ferry Challenge until his wife, Maria, all but kicked him out of the house, saying it would be good for him.
Ricky Castillo headlined the group as he was named the SEC Freshman of the Year, earning a spot on both the All-SEC First Team and All-Freshman Team. Along with Castillo, junior John Axelsen also earned First Team honors, while redshirt sophomore Manny Girona was tabbed to the Community Service Team.
Castillo becomes the third Gator in program history to receive this award, joining Camilo Villegas (2001) and Sam Horsfield (2016).
The course will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily with changes
Quite a haul and quite a life for a guy who came from absolutely nothing in the northwest Georgia town of Cedartown. He played one year at the University of Florida in the mid-’50s, and along the way met another brief Gator named Joe Eubank, son of longtime Daytona Beach mayor Owen Eubank and also a quality golfer (then and now, at 83).
In 2005, it was DiMarco again in the final pairing and he battled right to the end despite the famous chip-in on 16 by Woods. Woods made bogeys on the final two holes and DiMarco had a chip from the front of the green that would have won it.
The Gators locked up with Texas A&M in in a day-long battle at the TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley course, but it was how the Aggies closed and UF didn’t that made the difference.
Led by freshmen Ricky Castillo and Fred Biondi, and junior John Axelsen, the Gators shot 6-under-par 554 and trail Texas A&M by one shot entering Tuesday’s final round.
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By Garry Smits, GateHouse Florida ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Matt Every is both confident and lost at the same time. The two-time PGA Tour winner and former University of Florida All-American has put together a few good tournaments, a combination...
The top four in the Florida men's golf lineup combined to record just four bogeys.
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