Men’s Golf Pulling Away at SSC Championship

Sorrento, Fla. – Lynn University's men's golf team is 18-holes away from capturing its first Sunshine State Conference Championship since 2006, and third overall, following a dominating seven-under par performance in the second round.  The Fighting Knights shot 281 as a team and have four of its five starters, Keith Greene, Elliott Whitley, Jose Miranda and Martin Cancino, tied for fifth individually.

Entering the day four-shots behind Florida Tech, the Blue & White used an impressive display over the final nine holes to create distance between themselves and the rest of the field.  Lynn shot 281 on the 7,152-yard, par 72 Red Tail Golf Club, including seven under overt the last nine holes, to create an 11-shot lead (565) over Nova Southeastern (576).  Florida Southern (580) was able to leap Florida Tech (581) for third place and send the Panthers into the second flight in the final round with Barry (584) and Saint Leo (588).

Greene set the tone for Lynn a day after failing to have his score count for the first time this season.  The Debary, Fla, product shot a four-under 68, highlighted by an eagle on the par 5 second hole and followed by a birdie on hole No. 3.  

Elliott Whitley was flawless over his last nine holes, shooting three-under par and nearly chipping in a birdie on the par-three fourth hole.  His chip from 20-feet away rolled into the cup but lipped out but he was able to keep par.

Martin Cancino is the only member of the Fighting Knights to shoot under-par in consecutive rounds at the SSC Championship.  The sophomore out of Chicureo, Chile, logged his second consecutive round of 71, behind 15 pars, one bogey and two birdies.  Cancino connected on a birdie on his final hole after his 170-yard approach shot stuck six-feet from hole.

The last member of the Blue & White within the top-five is Miranda.  A double-bogey on his second hole of the day was his biggest mistake but he rebounded on the very next hole with a par 5 birdie.  Another birdie on hole No. 2 brought him even but he missed on a distance putt on the eighth hole to end his day at 73.

Mateo Gomez is not far off the pace for Lynn and is tied for 15th with a 36-hole score of 144.  Gomez had a rough two-hole stretch that saw him go from one-under par to two-over but the sophomore out of Colombia birdied two of his last three holes on the day to stay even throughout the tournament.

Lynn is grouped with Nova Southeastern and Florida Southern on the final day and tees off at 9:55 a.m. from the first hole.  Fans can keep up with Live Scoring at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-tournament updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.