Kissimmee, Fla. – The fans were captivated in a classic national championship battle but in the end, Lynn University's men's golf team fell 3-2 to Florida Southern in the NCAA Division II National Championship title match. This marks the fourth national runner-up finish for the Fighting Knights since 2011.
INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Result: Championship final - Florida Southern 3, Lynn 2
Location: Reunion Resort | Kissimmee, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 70/7,054 yards
History at Event: Fifth consecutive NCAA National Championship match play appearance and sixth overall (most in Division II history); 10th NCAA national Championship appearance overall (runner-up in 2017, 2015, 2013 and 2011)
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"Hats off to Florida Southern, it was a great championship match and they came out on top. I'm extremely proud of my players for who they are and how they handled the entire week. Our seniors this year showed tremendous leadership and we have a great group of guys coming back who will continue to pursue each opportunity we have. That is what our program has been about and will continue to be in the future," said head coach Andrew Danna.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Lynn's hopes of winning a 24th national title gained traction on the first hole in the first match as Martin Cancino led by three strokes. The senior out of Santiago, Chile, would hold on to his lead throughout the round, defeating Chase Ibbotson 72-73.
- Fellow Senior Mateo Gomez trailed Christian Anderson for much of the match but never by more than one stroke. After moving to all square on the 17th hole Anderson stuck his second shot 10-feet from the hole while Gomez missed the green. Gomez would fall 71-72.
- Taking on one of the top golfers in the nation, Felix Kvarnstrom kept it close to John VanDerLaan until the final hole where he dropped two strokes and fell 70-73.
- Toto Gana was the only Fighting Knight to shoot under par, connecting on a one-under 69 to knock off Michael VanDerLaan by two shots.
- With the score tied 2-2, Manny Torres came to the 18th hole trailing by three strokes. Despite his best efforts, his second shot missed the flag and a two-putt ended his day with a 72, three shots back of John Coultas.
BEYOND THE SCORECARD
- Toto Gana became just the third golfer in program history to go 3-0 in match play, joining Daniel Young (2013) and Elliott Whitley (2015).
- Gomez and Cancino end their careers with five match play victories, tying for the second-most in program history.
- Lynn has played for a national title a Division II record four times in the match play era.
- Lynn's four runner-up finishes are the most in the Division II match play era and is the third most overall. Columbus State has been runner-up eight times while Florida Southern has five runner-up finishes.