Terrific Final Round Puts Men’s Golf Fifth at SSC Championship

Terrific Final Round Puts Men’s Golf Fifth at SSC Championship

Davie, Fla. – Lynn University's men's golf team shot the third-lowest single round in Sunshine State Conference Championship history but the team placed fifth overall.  Toto Gana and Manuel Torres each logged top-10 finishes while four Fighting Knights ended the day with rounds of two-under par or better. 

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Standing: 5th out of 11 teams
Location: Grande Oaks Golf Club| Davie, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 71/6,725
History at Event: 21st consecutive appearance (Won four times: 2004, 2006, 2015 & 2016)
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 HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Lynn shot an 11-under par 273 to finish with an eight-under par 844 total.  Florida Tech ran away with the tournament as its 16-under par broke the SSC Championship record for lowest team score for a single round while its 19-under 833 tied the league record.
  • Florida Southern (837) took second, followed by Barry (839) and host Nova Southeastern (843).
  • Toto Gana shot a two-under 69 to place ninth.  He was four-under par after a birdie on the par 5, 15th hole but bogeyed the next two holes to drop out of the top-five.
  • Manuel Torres connected on four birdies with one bogey for a three-under 68.  His 210 total was good enough for a tie for 10th place.
  • Felix Kvarnstrom overcame a difficult first round to post scores of 67 and 68 (-7) the next two rounds.  He sank four birdies with one eagle and three bogeys in the final round.
  • Jorge Villar rounded out the under-par scores for the Blue and White.  His three-under 68 came with seven birdies and four bogeys.
  • Carlos Bustos shot 221 for the tournament.

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • As a team, Lynn shot seven-under par on the par 5, No. 15 hole in the third round compared to three-under the previous two rounds combined.
  • Gana's extended his string of consecutive rounds of par or better to nine rounds.
  • Torres finished in the top-10 in all three SSC Championships he competed in, matching Lynn Hall of Famer Hoyt McGarity for the most in program history.
  • In addition, Torres logged his 15th career top-10 finish, putting him in fifth place in program history
  • Lynn was third in par 5 scoring for the tournament (-21) and tied for the tournament lead with three eagles (all on the final day).
  • Kvarnstrom was six-under while Villar and Gana five-under in par 5 scoring.
  • Torres was three-under in par 4 scoring and shared in the lead with 39 total pars.  Gana was just one behind with 38.

NEXT COURSE:
The Fighting Knights await their fate for the NCAA Tournament, where they are looking to qualify for the 16th consecutive year.  The NCAA South/Southeast Regional will take place Monday-Wednesday, May 7-9, at the Rock Barn CC in Conover, N.C.  For more information check out LynnFightingKnights.com.