BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's men's golf team was gripping it and ripping it in the second round of the FAU Spring Championship, shooting 15-under par as a team to take the lead ahead of the University of Connecticut. Four Fighting Knights shot par or better headlined by Carlos Bustos with an eight-under par 64.
INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Standings: 1st out of 19 teams
Location: Osprey Point Golf Course (Raven & Falcon) | Boca Raton, Fla.
History at Event: First appearance
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- A day after watching UConn take the lead of the tournament with a 273, the Blue and White followed suit on day two. Lynn (554) is 22-under par overall, four stroke ahead of the Huskies (558). Houston Baptist (565) remained in third while Jacksonville State (569) leaped five teams to move to fourth and Bethune-Cookman (575) is fifth.
- Starting on the 10th hole, Bustos had a nice first nine holes, draining three birdies with one bogey. The junior out of Chile turned it on the next nine holes starting with an eagle on hole No. 1 and then four consecutive birdies to move to eight-under. A bogey halted his progress, so it seemed, before he nailed his ninth hole of birdie or better on his last of the afternoon. He is tied for third overall.
- Manuel Torres almost seemed lost after Bustos but the lone senior was four-under. His scorecard was clean on the front nine with three birdies and six pars to go along with two bogeys, a birdie and an eagle on the back nine. He is fifth individually.
- Jorge Villar sank six birdies with a bogey and double for a three-under 69 to move into a tie for eighth alongside teammate Toto Gana, who headed to the clubhouse with an even par 72.
- The Fighting Knights drop score came in the amount of a one-over par 73 from Felix Kvarnstrom, who is tied for 17th individually.
- Lynn's individual contingent also played strong. Tyrone Clark shot a two-under par 70 and is tied for 17th with Kvarnstrom.
- Justin Wynen and Ethan Dong each tallied three-over par 75s and Tyler Carlson ended his day with a four-over par 76.
BEYOND THE SCORECARD:
- Lynn's 273 is the third-lowest 18-hole score in program history. This is the lowest round since a 269 at the McDonough Cup on Oct. 27, 2016. The last time Lynn shot a 273 was March 31, 2015 at the Buccaneer Invitational.
- Bustos's 64 ties him for the second-lowest 18-hole score in program history along with Jose Andres Miranda, Ernesto Vitienes and Patricio Salem and one stroke behind former teammate Mateo Gomez. Gomez and Miranda were the last two shoot this low as the duo posted rounds of 63 and 64 on Sep. 28, 2015 at the Saint Leo Invitational.
- Lynn leads the field in total eagles (5), total birdies (43) and par 4 scoring (-11) and is second in par 3 scoring (+4) and par 5 scoring (-13). The team is seven shots better than the next school (Houston Baptist) in par 4 scoring.
- Bustos is third in total birdies (11) with Kvarnstrom tied for fourth (10).
The Fighting Knights are grouped with UConn, Houston Baptist and Georgetown and will tee off the final round beginning at 7:45 a.m. from the first tee. Fans can keep up with live stats at LynnFightingKnights.com.