May the Fourth Be With You; Men’s Golf Has Special Day on the Course

May the Fourth Be With You; Men’s Golf Has Special Day on the Course

Saint Leo, Fla. – Lynn University's men's golf team continues to swing a hot club, posting its sixth consecutive sub-par round as a team to take a five-stroke lead after the first round of the NCAA South/Southeast Regional.  Martin Cancino has a two-shot lead individually while Elliott Whitley and Jose Miranda are both tied for third.

The Fighting Knights shot a 12-under par 276 on the first day of competition and has now shot 37-under par as a team dating back to the second round of the Buccaneer Invitational.  Lynn holds a five shot lead over Nova Southeastern (281), who was seven-under.  Florida Southern (292) is third followed by South Carolina-Aiken (293) and Limestone (293) in the top-five.  Four teams, Georgia Southwestern, Barry, Saint Leo and Columbus State (296) are tied for the last of six qualifying positions for the NCAA Division II National Championship.

Cancino was a man possessed at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club.  The sophomore out of Chicureo, Chile, equaled his career-low by shooting a six-under par 66.  He birdied the first four holes of the day and was five-under par at the turn.  Cancino then birdied the 11th and 12th holes before connecting on four consecutive pars.  Only a bogey on hole No. 17 blemished his nearly perfect afternoon.

Whitley mixed in two birdies and a bogey with six pars through nine holes and then drained an eagle putt on No. 13 to move to three-under.  He would birdie the 17th hole as well but a bogey on his final hole of the afternoon put him with a three-under 69.

Miranda was nearly as flawless as Cancino.  He was two-under after five holes and left the first nine holes the same.  Miranda bogeyed hole No. 12 only to rally back with consecutive birdie putts on the next two holes while ending the day with four straight pars for a 69.

Mateo Gomez was the overlooked man from the four lowest scores and he would go on to shoot an even par 72.  He connected on 10 pars, four birdies and four bogeys.  Keith Greene tackled the drop score with an 80.

The Fighting Knights are back in action on Tuesday, May 5, beginning at noon on the 10th hole.  Fans can keep up with the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-tournament updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.