Saint Leo, Fla. - Rain and lightning may have shortened the Saint Leo Invitational but Lynn University's play was not affected as the men's golf team posted the lowest 18-hole score in program history and is one shot back of the lead and in second place. Elliott Whitley shot a six-under par 66 and was joined by Martin Cancino and Keith Greene with big days on the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club course.
"Our guys did a tremendous job executing the game plan today," said head coach Andrew Danna. "We're off to a good start but the team understands proper and precise execution tomorrow is what we need to continue to be successful."
The Fighting Knights posted a 14-under par 274 on the 7,137-yard, par 72 links. They trail North Alabama, who shot 273, and holds a two-shot lead over USC-Aiken and Columbus State. Lynn's total score surpasses its 275 shot at the NCAA South Regional Tournament in 2010.
Whitley started off extremely hot, shooting six-under through the first 11 holes of play before bogey pulled him off course. The junior from Ontario, Canada, rebounded with back-to-back birdies and seemed poised to own second place alone until a bogey on the final hole knotted him into a four-way tie. He trails Brandon Robinson-Thompson from USC-Aiken by one shot.
Cancino logged a 68 and is locked into a tie for ninth place. The Chilean recorded four birdies and made an eagle three on the par-5 No. 2 hole. His lone blemish was a double-bogey on the No. 6 par-4 but Cancion came back to birdie two of the next three holes to finish with a four-under par 68.
Greene played consistent golf throughout much of the day with eight pars to start. The Debary, Fla., native knocked down two birdies over the next five holes but then bogeyed his third to last hole. But Greene took momentum into the final round when he drained an eagle on the next hole with a iron shot from the trees. He takes a three-under par 69 into the final day.
Andrea De Bono and Fraser Thain rounded out the starting five for the Fighting Knights. DeBono was impressive as well in his first time playing in the starting lineup, shooting a one-under 71. Thain carded a 79.
Freshman Manuel Torres and junior Miguel Solorzano also participated for the Blue & White as individuals. Torres logged a 72 in his first career tournament while Solorzano took home a career-best 73.
Play has been shortened from 54 to 36 holes. Competition begins with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Fans can keep up with action at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-tournament updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.