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Eagles Slip to Seventh at USF Invitational
Sunday, March 06, 2011

Mazziotta in second overall after five-under 67

TAMPA, Fla. – Despite a five-under par 67 from senior Dan Mazziotta (Fort Myers, Fla./Cypress Lake HS), the FGCU men’s golf team slid three places into seventh on Saturday at the 21-team USF Invitational at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club.

Mazziotta was the only Eagle under-par, as the Blue and Green turned in a team score of 295. Middle Tennessee State followed yesterday’s 14-under par 274 with an 11-under par 277 to open a 20-stroke lead entering Sunday.

No. 26 North Texas (280-291/571) sits in second place, while Villanova (283-290/573) held firm in third, while No. 48 Florida State (296-278/574) and Arkansas State (287-287/574) moved up the leader board into a tie for fourth.

Mazziotta’s 67 comes on the heels of a three-under par 69 on Friday, as the senior enters Sunday’s final round in sole possession of second place out of the field of 105. After finishing the last 10 holes on Friday without a bogey, Mazziotta went the first 15 holes on Saturday with five birdies and no bogeys. Mazziotta has 12 birdies through the two rounds as sits two strokes back of Middle Tennessee’s Hunter Green, who owns a pair of five-under par 67s.

Fellow Fort Myers product Alex Medinis (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS) turned in a one-over par 73 for the team’s second counting score. Medinis, who has played the course’s back nine at even-par through the two days, sits in a tie for 44th with a 75-73/148. Junior Patrick Williams (Toronto, Ontario/Crescent School) carded a 76 to go along with a three-under 69 on Friday. Williams is tied for 27th overall (69-76/145).

Sunday’s third and final round will commence at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. FGCU will take the course alongside Troy and Eastern Michigan, beginning on holes 6-8.

Live in-progress scoring of the tournament can be found at www.GolfStat.com. A link to the live scoring can be found by going to the FGCU men’s golf schedule and clicking on the day’s event or by going to www.GolfStat.com and searching for the USF Invitational on the front page.

FGCU PARTICIPANTS
2. Dan Mazziotta – 69(-3)-67(-5)/136(-8)
T-27. Patrick Williams – 69(-3)-76/145
T-44. Alex Medinis – 75-73/148
T-72. Matt Cote – 72(E)-81/153
T-87. Jeremy Self – 77-79/156

TOURNAMENT STANDINGS (Golf Week Ranking)
1. Middle Tennessee State (58) – 274(-14)-277(-11)/551(-25)
2. North Texas (26) – 280(-8)-291/571(-5)
3. Villanova (186) – 283(-5)-290/573(-3)
T-4. FSU (48) – 296-278(-10)/574(-2)
T-4. Arkansas State (140) – 287(-1)-287(-1)/574(-2)
6. UCF (32) – 293-286(-2)/579
7. FGCU (82) – 285(-3)-295/580
8. Troy (190) – 287(-1)-294/581
9. Eastern Michigan (106) – 293-291/584
10. USF (212) – 299-288(E)/587
T-11. Louisville (101) – 291-297/588
T-11. Missouri State (118) – 291-297/588
13. Jacksonville State (74) – 293-299/592
14. FAU (195) – 305-288(E)/593
15. Marquette (147) – 297-298/595
T-16. Toledo (125) – 303-296/599
T-16. DePaul (215) – 299-300/599
18. Cincinnati (173) – 300-301/601
19. Florida Southern – 303-302/605
20. Austin Peay (153) – 315-304/619
21. Rhode Island (189) – 321-307/628