Birdies Fly as Men’s Golf Second at SSC Championship

Birdies Fly as Men’s Golf Second at SSC Championship

Sorrento, Fla. – Lynn University's men's golf team is in second place following the first round of the Sunshine State Conference Championship.  The Fighting Knights sank 16 birdies, five of which came from Jose Miranda, who is tied for fifth individually.

Miranda was an impressive three-under par after the first nine holes of competition.  A junior out of Quito, Ecuador, he birdied holes Nos. 5, 7 and 9 and then sank a big putt on No. 10 to move to four under.  The only hiccup on the day for him was a double-bogey on the par four No. 16 but he rebounded immediately with a birdie on the 17th hole to shoot a three-under par 69.

Martin Cancino started strong as the only birdie for Lynn on the first hole.  A tough tee shot on hole no. 3 sent him into the forest but a solid up-and-down helped him earn a bogey followed by another +1 on the fourth hole.  Cancino sank a five-foot putt for bird to head to the turn even and then birdied two more holes.  He finished with a one-under 71 and is tied for ninth.

Elliott Whitley and Mateo Gomez each posted rounds of 72.  Whitley went bogey-birdie  to start play and then logged eight consecutive pars before  bogeys on holes 11 & 14.  The junior out of Ontario, Canada birdied two of the last three holes to move to even par.  Gomez was two-under par after 10 holes and birdied hole No. 14 only to connect on a double-bogey on the 16th hole.

For the first time this season Keith Greene did not count his score, despite shooting a two-over par 74.  Greene sank 11 consecutive pars to start competition and then birdied the par 5 no. 12 but bogeyed No. 13 and doubled No. 16 to finish with his 74.

The Fighting Knights are set for the last pairing with Florida Tech and Florida Southern.  They tee-off beginning 9:55 a.m. off the 10th hole.  Fans can keep up with live scoring at and receive in-tournament updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.