Muscle Shoals, Ala. – Lynn University's men's golf team shot the second-lowest score of the day and moved up two positions to fourth place after 36-holes at the NCAA Division II National Championship. Manuel Torres made a move into the top-10, joining Toto Gana.
The top-8 teams after 54-holes advances to match play. Lynn has advanced to match play an NCAA Division II best six times, finishing as the national runner-up in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Prior to the start of the round, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced the PING All-South Region team with Gana, Torres and Jorge Villar garnering accolades.
INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Standing: 4th out of 20 teams
Location: Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals – Fighting Joe Course | Muscle Shoals, Ala.
History at Event: Sixth consecutive national championship appearance; 12th overall (Finished runner-up at RTJ – the Shoals in 2011).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Blue and White shot 10-under par (278) as a team to move from sixth to fourth place. Barry (558) took over the lead with a tournament-best 16-under par 272 and is three shots ahead of West Florida (561). Florida Southern (564) sits third followed by Lynn, Indianapolis (571), Saint Leo (576), Arkansas Tech (577) and Lincoln Memorial (582).
- Torres tied his career-best with a seven-under par 65. His clean scorecard was littered with red as he knocked down seven birdies to go along with 11 pars. He is tied for eighth individually. Torres drained four consecutive birds at one point and six over a nine-hole span.
- Gana is tied for 10th at three-under par overall. He shot an even par 72 after trading two birdies with two bogeys.
- Jorge Villar had the second-biggest improvement on the team (Torres improved 10 shots), posting a one-under 71 a day after shooting an 80. After a bogey began his day, Villar would go on to play three-under par golf until a bogey on his third to last hole.
- Carlos Bustos started his day with birdies on three of his first eight holes and then logged an eagle after the turn. Five-under at one point, he ran into a rough patch on holes five and six but rallied his day with a birdie on the ninth hole. His two-under par 70 moved him to one-under for the tournament.
- Felix Kvarnstrom had the second-most birdies on the day for Lynn with six and ended the day with an even par 72.
BEYOND THE SCORECARD:
- Torres' 65 matched his career best set at the 2016 NCAA Regional. It is the second-lowest round of the season by Fighting Knight after Bustos' 64 at the FAU Spring Championship.
- Lynn's 278 is the lowest since the final round of the Sunshine State Conference Championship.
- The Fighting Knights are leading the field in par 5 scoring (-11) and moved to fourth in par 4 scoring (+3). Lynn's 37 birdies trail only West Florida and Saint Leo.
- Bustos' leads all golfers in par 5 scoring at five-under par while Torres and Kvarnstrom are each three-under par. His eagle is one of only nine made during the tournament.
- This is the fifth consecutive year the Fighting Knights have logged three All-Region selections or more.
Lynn continues its quest for a national title when it tees off the third round from the 1st hole beginning at 12 p.m. The Fighting Knights will be grouped with Indianapolis and Saint Leo. Fans can keep up with live scoring at LynnFightingKnights.com.