Men’s Golf Increases Lead at NCAA Regional Tournament

Men’s Golf Increases Lead at NCAA Regional Tournament

Saint Leo, Fla. – The scores may not have been as low as the previous day but the end result was the same: Lynn University's men's golf team holds an eight-stroke lead heading into the final day of the NCAA South/Southeast Region Tournament.  Mateo Gomez is tied for the overall lead while Martin Cancino and Jose Miranda are tied for third

The Fighting Knights have now shot par or better as a team in seven consecutive rounds after posting a two-under 286, tied for the lowest round of the day.  Lynn (562) is now 14-under par overall and in firm command of earning one of six qualifying positions for the NCAA Division II National Championship.  Top-ranked Nova Southeastern (570) has a hold of second while No. 4 Barry (582), No. 2 South Carolina-Aiken and 10th-ranked Saint Leo (584) duke it out for third thru fifth place.  The final position has a battle between five schools, of which Florida Southern and Florida Tech (592) are locked in a tie.

Gomez followed-up his even par performance from the previous day to fire a three-under 69 in the second round.  Starting on the back nine, the Cali, Colombia, product was able to fire two-under par.  A bogey at the turn stalled him only temporarily as he sank an eagle putt on the par 5 No. 2 hole and drained a birdie two holes later.  Consecutive bogeys frustrated the All-Sunshine State Conference First Team selection and he was able to birdie his last hole to complete his day.

Keith Greene turned in an All-American performance a day after having missed out on a qualifying score for only the second time this season.  In both instances, the senior out of Debary, Fla., shot under par.  This time he posted a three-under par 69, which included five birdies and a short eagle putt on his final hole of the day.

Miranda was his cool and collected self in carding a one-over par 73.  He birdied his first hole of the day and bogeyed two over his first nine holes and then mixed in two bogeys and two birdies, including one on the final hole.  He is tied with teammate Cancino in third after the sophomore fired a 76.  Elliott Whitley was the fourth score for Lynn with a 75 after putting together four birdies, five bogeys and a double-bogey.

The Fighting Knights go for their third consecutive tournament victory when they tee off at 12:50 p.m. on the first hole of Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club.  Fans can keep up with the action shot-for-shot at LynnFightingKnights.com or receive in-tournament updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.