Men’s Golf Stays Near Top of Leaderboard at National Championship

Men’s Golf Stays Near Top of Leaderboard at National Championship

Conover, N.C. – Lynn University's men's golf team was treated to highs and lows in the second round of the NCAA Division II National Championship and is tied for fourth place as a team.  Mateo Gomez and Martin Cancino each shot even par and are tied for seventh individually.

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 two teams shot under par on the first day and the same trend continued on day two, this time though from South Carolina-Aiken and Saint Leo.  The Pacers (567) shot a one-under 283 and holds a one stroke lead over the Lions (568), who shot a tournament-low six-under par 278.  Nova Southeastern (570) is third followed by Lynn and Central Missouri (573), Simon Fraser (574), Barry (579) and Chico State (580).

Gomez was strong in the early-goings, knocking down two big birdie putts to help the Blue & White move to three-under as a team.  He would sink another birdie bookended by a bogey and double to finish even at the halfway point.  Gomez made seven pars, one birdie and one bogey on the back nine to finish even on the par 71, 7,021-yard Rock Barn Golf & Spa course.

Cancino continued his steady play.  He shot one-over on the front and moved to two-over after 11 holes but the Chilean native made birdie on the 12th hole and No. 17 to stay even.

Jose Miranda looked headed for a sub-par day heading into the 17th hole.  He had made birdie putts on three of the last four holes to move to one-under but a triple-bogey had him close play with a 73.

Keith Greene and Elliott Whitley combined for 27 pars but also eight holes of bogey or worse.  Whitley ended his day on a high note with a birdie on hole No. 18.  Both players headed to the clubhouse with scores of 75.

The Fighting Knights will be paired with Central Missouri and Simon Fraser in the third round.  Tee time is set for 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.