Kissimmee, Fla. – Beginning the day in the bottom third of the standings and facing an uphill battle, Lynn University's men's golf team grinded out the third-lowest score of the round to jump from 16th to seventh place after the second round of play. The Fighting Knights have 18 holes remaining to stay in the top-eight and advance to match play.
INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Standing: 7th out of 20 teams – Second Round
Location: Reunion Resort | Kissimmee, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 70/7,054 yards
History at Event: Fifth consecutive NCAA National Championship appearance; 10th overall (runner-up in 2015, 2013 and 2011)
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"What a tremendous effort from this team. Our guys came out today and took care of business. They made the shots they needed to make and put us in a position to advance to match play. There is still one more day to go but this team has to feel confident going into the final round," said head coach Andrew Danna.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Starting the round in 16th place, the Blue and White posted a two-over par 282 to leapfrog nine schools and move into seventh. Barry (552) added to its lead over West Florida (556), Florida Tech (561) and Florida Southern (562). Ferris State (575) and Newberry (575) moved into a tie for fifth with Lynn (576) and Le Moyne (579) holding on to the final match play positions.
- The day did not start off well as four of the five golfers logged scores of bogey or worse. Fortunately, the team rallied for seven birdies through the first nine holes and six more over the final nine holes.
- Kvarnstrom bogeyed the opening hole and followed with three pars before evening his score up with a birdie. The Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year carded 10 straight pars and topped off his day with a birdie putt on the 240-yard par three No. 7 hole. He finished with a team-best one-under par 69.
- Martin Cancino connected on two birdies with three bogeys in his first nine holes but was solid as a rock over the final nine holes with nine straight pars. He shot a one-over 71.
- Also with a 71 was Mateo Gomez and Manuel Torres. Gomez mixed in two birdies and three bogeys while Torres had three birdies to go along with one bogey and one double-bogey.
- Toto Gana was fifth on the team with a two-over par 72.
BEYOND THE SCORECARD:
- Lynn is looking to make its sixth NCAA Division II National Championship match-play appearance.
- The Fighting Knights are tied for first in the field in par 3 scoring (-2), third in total pars (118) and tied for seventh in total birdies (23).
- Individually, Gomez is tied for first in par 3 scoring (-3) while Kvarnstrom is tied for second in total pars (27).
Due to inclement weather, the final round will be played in foursomes with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The top-eight teams will move on to match play, set to begin on Thursday, May 25. Fans can keep up with live scoring at LynnFightingKnights.com.