FGCU Owns 10-Stroke Lead At Stetson Invitational
Eagles fire 16-under par 272 in round two to break into record books
DELAND, Fla. – On the strength of a record-setting 16-under par 272 in Monday’s second round of the Stetson Invitational, the FGCU men’s golf team ended the first day of the three-round event at Victoria Hills Golf Club with a 10-stroke lead heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes.
The defending Stetson Invitational champ, FGCU turned in a 296 in the day’s morning round and followed with the best team score in program history against par (-16). The 272 is also the second-best team stroke score, falling five strokes short of the record 267 carded by the 2008-09 club in the first round of the Don Bebow Invitational. The 13-under par 267 came on a par 70 course.
“I’m really proud of the composure the guys showed to bounced back from a disappointing first round,” said head coach Brent Jensen. “It really shows the maturity of the team and composure has definitely been a point of emphasis for us this fall. Tomorrow we can show more composure by playing really well for two straight rounds and have a chance to close the fall season on a high note.”
The Blue and Green’s two-round 568 is 10 strokes better than Jacksonville State’s 578. Fellow Atlantic Sun member USC Upstate (584) sits in third place, while Bethune-Cookman (592) and host Stetson (592) are tied for fourth place.
FGCU won last year’s Stetson Invitational by 23 strokes, posting three straight under-par rounds for a 54-hole score of 13-under par 851 (283-281-287).
Senior Dan Mazziotta (Fort Myers, Fla./Cypress Lake HS) will enter the final round in a tie for first place with USC Upstate’s Brad Sill in the field of 45. A native of Fort Myers, Mazziotta opened the day with a team-best two-under par 70 and followed with a four-under par 68 in the afternoon for a 138(-6). The pair of under-par rounds gives Mazziotta a team-best seven for the fall. Aiming for his second career individual title, Mazziotta sports a even-par 72.0 stroke average over the final 18 holes in four tournaments this year.
The low round by anyone in the 45-player field came from junior Alex Medinis (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS), who recorded his first under-par round of the season with a sparkling five-under par 67 in round two. Medinis produced a two-over par 74 in the morning and moved up eight spots into a tie for third place overall. His 67 is tied for the lowest round of the year by an Eagle, equaling Mazziotta’s five-under par 67 in the second round of the Mizuno Savannah Intercollegiate.
Junior Brandon Pena (Clewiston, Fla./Clewiston HS) was able to get back to even-par for the day with a three-under 69 in the second round. Pena opened with a three-over par 75 and moved up seven spots in the afternoon. Like each of his teammates, junior Jeremy Self (Tupelo, Miss./Tupelo HS) improved on his first round score in the afternoon. Self carded a disappointing 78 in round one, but followed with a career-low four-under par 68 to sit in a tie for 11th overall.
The defending individual champ of the Stetson Invitational, junior Patrick Williams (Toronto, Canada/Crescent School) gives FGCU five players in the top 15, as he sits in a tie for 13th with a 77-70(-2)/147. The Eagles were so good in the second round that Williams’ two-under par 70 didn’t count towards the team score, but would have been the lowest or second-best score for each of the other eight teams.
The Ron-Garl designed golf course at Victoria Park measures 7,149 yards in distance from the championship tees at par 72. PGA Tour pro Chris DeMarco owns the course record with a seven-under par 65.
FGCU looks to claim its second team title of the fall under first-year coach Brent Jensen when the final round commences on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. The Eagles will play alongside second-place Jacksonville State and USC Upstate. Tied for first place, Mazziotta and Sill from USC Upstate will play in the final group.
T-1. Dan Mazziotta – 70(-2)-68(-4)/138(-6)
T-3. Alex Medinis – 74-67(-5)/141(-3)
8. Brandon Pena – 75-69(-3)144(E)
T-11. Jeremy Self – 78-68(-4)/146
T-13. Patrick Williams – 77-70(-2)/147
TOURNAMENT STANDINGS (9 Teams)
1. FGCU – 296-272(-16)/568(-8)
2. Jacksonville State – 290-288(E)/578
3. USC Upstate – 292-292/584
T-4. Bethune-Cookman – 293-299/592
T-4. Stetson – 304-288(E)/592
6. FAU – 308-295/603
7. Murray State – 307-298/605
8. Lipscomb – 309-315/624
9. FAMU – 332-320/652
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