Men’s Golf Second at National Championship After First Round

Men’s Golf Second at National Championship After First Round

Conover, N.C. – Another day, another sub-par round for Lynn University's golf team.  This time, though, the Fighting Knights are competing at the NCAA Division II National Championship, where they sit second after the first round of stroke play with a one-under par 283.  Martin Cancino, Mateo Gomez and Keith Greene are all tied for sixth with one-under par 70s at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

The top-eight teams after 54-holes move on to head-to-head match play for the national title.  Lynn has reached match play in three of the last four seasons and advanced to the championship match twice since match play began in 2011.

Only top-ranked Nova Southeastern (279) shot better than the third-ranked Blue & White, who holds a one shot lead over No. 2 South Carolina-Aiken (284).  Central Oklahoma and Central Missouri are knotted in fourth (287) and Indiana University of Pa. (288) is sixth.

Cancino has owned the first round in each of his last three tournaments where he has posted a stroke average of 69.33.  In the opening stanza today, the sophomore out of Chile logged a one-under 70, despite a triple-bogey on his scorecard.  He was three-under par through his first nine holes and four under through 15 holes but a seven on the par four No. 7 hole was the blemish.

Greene and Gomez combined to drain nine birdie putts on day one.  The threesome is four shots back of Central Missouri's Sam Migdal, who fired a five-under 66.

Jose Miranda had 14 par putts to go along with a birdie and three bogeys as he headed to the clubhouse with a 73 while Elliott Whitley ended the day with a 77, respectively.

The Fighting Knights will be paired with Wilmington (DE) and Sonoma State in the second round, where they will tee off beginning at noon from the first hole.  Fans can keep up hole-by-hole at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-tournament updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.