Denver, Colo. - Fifteen birdies over the final nine holes of competition pushed Lynn University's men's golf team to sixth place at the NCAA Division II National Championship following the second day of competition. Four members of the Fighting Knights shot under par, led by Mateo Gomez's three-under 69.
INSIDE THE EVENT:
Location: Green Valley Ranch Golf Club | Denver, Colo.
History at Event: Fourth consecutive appearance and ninth overall (national runner-up in 2015, 2013 & 2011)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The day started slow for Lynn as the team was three-over par after nine holes of play. But at the turn the squad turned it around by shooting 11-under par to finish the afternoon with a seven-under par 281, the fourth-lowest team round of the tournament.
- Saint Leo (551) extended its lead to 11 over Chico State (562) while Barry moved into third (565). Florida Southern (568), Central Oklahoma (570), Lynn (572) and Wilmington (575) are within the coveted top-eight positions.
- The top-eight teams after 54-holes of play advances to match-play and a chance at the national championship.
- Elliott Whitley was the lone bright spot over the first nine holes. He birdied with a 25-foot putt to start the day and was the only golfer under par (-2) at the turn. Whitley drained six birdie putts overall but two bogeys and a triple bogey on the No. 3 hole put him one-under (71) for the day and two-under for the championship.
- Gomez was solid in the beginning with a birdie on his third hole. Consecutive bogeys before turning to the final nine holes were troubling but the junior Colombian sank three straight birdies and four in a five hole span to lead Lynn's back nine surge. He is tied for 10th individually and five-under par.
- Manuel Torres was equally impressive over his last nine holes, covering four birdies, including a chip-in on the par 3, No. 8 hole. He closed out with a two-under 70.
- A day after breezing through the course's back nine with nine pars, Jose Miranda ran into trouble with bogeys on two holes. After the turn, though, the senior out of Ecuador turned it up a notch with birdies on three of the next five holes. He would finish with a one-under 71.
- Martin Cancino turned in three birdies on the day and improved his score from the previous round by a shot with a two-over par 74.
BEYOND THE SCORECARD:
- Lynn moved up the charts in course statistics and now stands third in par 4 scoring (E), fourth in total birdies (36) and tied for fourth in par 3 scoring (+2).
- Gomez is tied for third in par 4 scoring (-4) and Whitley is tied for ninth in total birdies (10).
- Lynn is paired with Florida Southern and Central Oklahoma on the final day before match play.
The Fighting Knights begin the final round of stroke play on Thursday, May 19, at 12:05 MT. Fans can keep up with live scoring at LynnFightingKnights.com.