FGCU Finishes 11th At Saint Mary's Invitational
Eagles card 293 on final day to move up three spots
SEASIDE, Calif. – After a disappointing first day at the Saint Mary’s Invitational, the FGCU men’s golf team responded with its best round of the 54-hole tournament, carding a 293 in the final round to move up three spots into 11th place out of the 15-team field at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Courses.
The Eagles’ round of 293 followed a day in which they shot 304 and 305 over the opening 36 holes. FGCU’s three-round total of 902 was just one stroke back of San Francisco, who entered the tournament at No. 45 in GolfWeek’s rankings.
No. 27 Notre Dame began the day with a 16-stroke lead and added to that total, winning the tournament with a 281(-7)-289-291/861. Notre Dame’s Tom Usher took home medalist honors with a four-under par 212 (68-72-72). Host Saint Mary’s (881) edged out Pacific (882) in a close battle for second place. Santa Clara (886) and Nevada (889) rounded out the top 5.
Senior Dan Mazziotta (Fort Myers, Fla./Cypress Lake HS) built-off his even-par 72 to close Monday with a team tournament-low one-under par 71 in the final round. Mazziotta’s under-par round was just one of five on the afternoon, as he moved up 15 spots to tie for 14th place (78-72-71/221). The top 20 finish was the fourth in four tournaments this season for Mazziotta and his 22nd in 31 career tournaments. Mazziotta’s one-under par 71 featured 15 pars, two birdies and just one bogey.
Juniors Brandon Pena (Clewiston, Fla./Clewiston HS) and Alex Medinis (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS) were each part of an eight-way tie for 26th place at the end of the tournament. Pena’s final round was an up-and-down battle, as he carded six birdies, but also had four bogeys and a double-bogey en route to his second even-par 72 of the tournament. Medinis produced a much steadier 54 holes with a 74-77-73/224. Medinis finished the tournament with 39 pars.
The final counting score of the day came from senior Gyles Robin (Jersey, England/De La Salle College), who turned in a 77. Robin contributed a score in each of the three rounds and finished in a tie for 66th place (80-76-77/233). Junior Jeremy Self (Tupelo, Miss./Tupelo HS) also finished with a 77 on Tuesday for his best round of the tournament.
FGCU will close out its fall schedule from Nov. 8-9 at the Stetson Invitational hosted at the Victoria Hills Golf Club in Deland, Fla. The 54-hole tournament will open with two rounds on Monday, Nov. 8 followed the final round on Nov. 9.
T-14. Dan Mazziotta – 78-72(E)-71(-1)/221
T-26. Brandon Pena – 72(E)-80-72(E)/224
T-26. Alex Medinis – 74-77-73/224
T-66. Gyles Robin – 80-76-77/233
81. Jeremy Self – 81-83-77/241
TOURNAMENT STANDINGS (15 Teams)
1. #27 Notre Dame – 281(-7)-289-291/861(-3)
2. Saint Mary’s – 295-291-295/881
3. Pacific – 302-287(-1)-293/882
4. Santa Clara – 299-288(E)-299/886
5. Nevada – 302-296-291/889
6. Miami (Ohio) – 304-293-293/890
7. Loyola Marymount – 301-292-302/895
8. Cal Poly – 305-300-292/897
9. Marquette – 303-298-297/898
10. #45 San Francisco – 304-295-302/901
11. FGCU – 304-305-293/902
T-12. UC Irvine – 309-296-303/908
T-12. Northern Illinois – 306-298-304/908
14. Loyola-Maryland – 312-297-308/917
15. UC Santa Barbara – 309-301-312/922
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