Men’s Golf Advances to Third Straight NCAA Championship

Men’s Golf Advances to Third Straight NCAA Championship

Saint Leo, Fla. – Just as the women's team did a day earlier, Lynn University's men's golf team finished second place at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional and advanced to its third consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship.  Elliott Whitley and Mateo Gomez each logged top-10 finishes while the Fighting Knights were one of only two teams from all of the NCAA Regionals to finish under par for the 54-hole event.

Nova Southeastern overcame an eight-stroke deficit to shoot the lowest round in the tournament, a 13-under 275.  The Sharks (845) finished 19-under as a team, 10-shots better than the Fighting Knights (855) who shot 293 on the final day.  Barry (875) outlasted South Carolina-Aiken (876) for third with host Saint Leo (879) grabbing fifth.  The final championship spot would go to Florida Southern (881), who overcame a late charge from West Florida and West Georgia to punch its ticket to Conover, N.C.

The 2015 NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Championship will be held May 18-22, at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C.  Lynn's women's team claimed the 2014 national title on the very same course.

Keith Greene was the only member of the Blue & White to not have difficulty on the front nine of the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club course.  The senior out of DeBary, Fla., was two-under through nine holes and finished the afternoon with a three-under 69, his second consecutive round of 69.

Whitley had some difficulties in the early-goings, shooting +3 over four holes.  He would par the next four before a birdie on hole No. 9 turned around his fortunes.  He eagled the par 5 11th hole and birdied 13.  A bogey on hole No. 15 brought him even for the day until a birdie on the second to last hole gave him a one-under 71 for the afternoon.  He shot a 54-hole 215 total.

Gomez mixed in three birdies to go along with five bogeys for a 74 on the final day.  He matched Whitley's total score of 215.  Jose Miranda shot eight-over on the front nine before finding his stroke on the back where he was -1.  He closed out play with a 79 while Martin Cancino shot an 80.
    
Whitley led the field in par 5 scoring at eight-under, aided by his tournament-best two eagles he posted.

This marks Lynn's third consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and eighth overall.  Twice the Blue & White have finished as runner-up, most recently in 2013.  Last season the squad were national quarterfinalists.

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