Men’s Golf Claims 2015 SSC Championship

Sorrento, Fla. – An 11-stroke lead dissipated to two strokes with six holes to play but Lynn University's men's golf team strung together several birdies and a key eagle to win the 2015 Sunshine State Conference Championship by eight shots.  This is the 34th SSC title in Lynn's history and third for the men's golf program.  Keith Greene and Jose Miranda each collected All-Championship accolades by finishing within the top-five.

The Fighting Knights were not on their game over the first nine holes of play, combing to shoot four-over par golf while Nova Southeastern closed the gap.  A conference championship seemed in doubt after the 11th hole where the squad shot three over combined.  

Miranda spearheaded the charge to claim victory with consecutive birdies on No. 13 & 14 while Greene sank birdie putts on No. 12 & 15.  The Fighting Knights' resolve never showed brighter than on the par 5 No. 17.  Lynn shot five-under as a team, including an eagle by Greene who stuck his second shot from over 200-yards out to within three feet of the cup, while NSU missed on three birdie putts.  Greene tapped in a par on the 18th green to secure the program's first league title since 2006.

Lynn's 852 (-12) total score was its lowest of the season and is its lowest SSC Championship total since posting an 844 in 2010.  Nova Southeastern (860) ended eight-strokes behind the Fighting Knights and six-shots ahead of Florida Southern (866).  First round leader Florida Tech (870) finished fourth, followed by Barry (881).

A senior out of Debary, Fla., Greene becomes the fourth player in program history to garner two All-Championship honors.  He joins Hoyt McGarity & Keir McNicoll (2004 & 2006) and Daniel Young (2011 & 2013).  Greene shot a two-under 70 on the final day and closed with a two-under par 212 to tie for third.  He was the leader in par 5 scoring (-7), total pars (41) and total eagles (2).

Miranda picked up five birdies on the day with three bogeys to finish with a two-under 70.  He closed out the 54-hole tournament with an identical 212 score for his third top-10 finish of the season.  Miranda was second in total birdies (12) and second in par 5 scoring (-6).

Elliott Whitley claimed Lynn's third top-10 finish of the tournament after closing out with a one-over par 73, good for a 215 total.  He was third in par 4 scoring (-1) along with Martin Cancino and Miranda and finished 4-under on par 5 holes.  Mateo Gomez and Cancino tied for 16th with scores of 218.  The duo were second (40) and third (38) in total pars.

Lynn returns to the links for the NCAA South/Southeast Regional on Monday, May 4, at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Saint Leo, Fla.  For more information log on to LynnFightingKnights.com or follow @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.