Lakeland, Fla. - Lynn University's second-ranked men's golf team withstood a late push from top-ranked Barry but held on for a two-stroke victory at the 2019 Matlock Collegiate Classic. This is the second victory in program history at the Matlock and first since 2014. Jorge Villar was the top individual for the Fighting Knights, tying for third.
INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Standing: 1st out of 15 teams
Location: Lone Palm Golf Club | Lakeland, Fla.
History at Event: 16th consecutive year participating (8th in 2018; won in 2014)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Blue and White entered the day with a 10-shot lead but saw that cushion quickly shrink as Barry overtook the team by shooting 10-under par through 15 holes. Lynn battled back and regained the lead over the final two holes, winning with a 54-hole score of 855 to Barry's 857.
- West Florida (858) was no slouch themselves, shooting seven under to finish third. Host Florida Southern (875) and Columbus State tied for fourth.
- Villar ended the tournament six-under par following a two-over 74 on the final day. He tied for third and was the lone golfer in the top-10.
- Toto Gana helped the Fighting Knights to the victory with his best round of the tournament, a two-under 70. He was five-over par heading into the day and posted 14 pars, one bogey and three birdies to tie for 20th.
- Carlos Bustos traded three birdies with four bogeys for a one-over 73. He tied for 16th individually.
- Tyrone Clarke also logged his best day with a one-under 71. He sank three birdies and missed on two bogeys.
- Agustin Errazuriz had a tough final day, ending play with a five-over 77 following rounds of 69-72. His 218 was tied with Bustos for second on the team in his first collegiate tournament.
BEYOND THE SCORECARD:
- This is the second consecutive victory for Lynn. The team won its final tournament of the fall, the Otter Invitational.
- Just like the Otter victory, Lynn had to rally to beat top-ranked Barry.
- Walker joins previous head coach Andrew Danna as the only coaches in program history to win their first two tournaments back-to-back.
- Florida Tech, ranked No. 3 in the country, finished 43-strokes back of Lynn.
- Nine teams from the top-25, including seven of the top-10, competed in this tournament.
- Villar has finished first or second on the team in four of the team's five tournaments.
- The Fighting Knights led the field in total pars (171) and par four scoring (+4) and was second in par 5 scoring (-19) and third in par 3 scoring (+19).
- Gana was second in total pars (40) with Clarke (37) tied for fourth.
- Villar was tied for third in total birdies (14) and par 3 scoring (E).
- Errazuriz was tied for seventh in par 5 scoring (-5).
The Fighting Knights are back on the links for the Newberry Invitational, held Mon-Tue., Feb. 18-19, at Kiawah Island, S.C. For more information check out LynnFightingKnights.com.