More Records Fall in Men’s Golf Dominating Victory

More Records Fall in Men’s Golf Dominating Victory

Orlando, Fla. – What a way to end the semester.  Trailing by nine-strokes heading into the final round, Lynn University's men's golf team put on a clinic for the rest of the nation, shooting 19-under par as a team en route to a 15-stroke victory at the McDonough Cup.  This is the second consecutive year and third time in the last four years the Fighting Knights have claimed top honors at the McDonough Cup.  This victory proved even more special because the team broke a program and tournament record for lowest 54-hole score with an 836 total and set a new tournament 18-hole low.

Not to mention Mateo Gomez claimed his second tournament victory of the year following a two-hole playoff with Emil Sorebo.  This also marks the third career win for the junior out of Colombia, tying him for second place in program history for career wins with Daniel Young and one behind Lynn Hall of Famer Henrik Nystrom.

Lynn's good fortunes were not limited to Gomez, as Elliott Whitley and Manuel Torres each tied for third with 54-hole scores of 207.  This gave the Blue & White three players with totals of 207 or better for the first time in school history.

The McDonough Cup featured the top-ranked team in the nation (Saint Leo), four of the top-five, five of the top-10 and 12 of the top-25 teams in the nation but none could catch the Fighting Knights over the final 18-holes.  Lynn shot the second-lowest 18-hole total (269) for the program to pull away from Flagler (851), which led after 36-holes.  Second-ranked West Florida (852) jumped ahead of No. 4 Florida Southern (855) while the top-ranked Lions tied with No. 15 Georgia Southwestern (857) for fifth.

Gomez birdied his final hole to force a playoff with Sorebo and after the pair both shot par on the first hole, Lynn's All-American birdied the second playoff hole for the win.  He shot 70-69-67 for a 10-under par 206, leading the field in par 4 scoring (-8) and finishing tied for second with 16 birdies.

Whitley had the most flawless day on the links, collecting seven birdies/eagles, 10 pars and one bogey for a seven-under par 65.  He led the field in eagles (2), was second in par 5 scoring (-7) and was tied for fourth in par 4 scoring (-4).

Meanwhile, Torres continued his amazing Fall with a career-low 206.  He shot 69-72-66 and was tied for third in par 5 scoring (-6) and tied for fourth in par 4 scoring (-4).  Torres shot six-under par on the back nine with five birdies, an eagle and a bogey.

Jose Miranda and Andreas Tancred tied with a 220 in the starting five, with Miranda holding the final scoring round of a one-under 71.  But it was individual Andres Arango who also impressed as he fired a three-under par 213 in his third career tournament.

The Fighting Knights return to the links after the New Year when they take part in The Matlock Invitational at the Lone Palm Golf Course in Lakeland, Fla., beginning Monday, Feb. 8.  Fans can read more about the men's golf program at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.