FGCU Uses Strong Second Round to Take Sizeable Lead at Stetson Invite
DeLAND, Fla. – Behind a five-under par 283 in Monday’s second round, the FGCU men’s golf team will enter the final round of the eight-team Stetson Invitational at Victoria Hills Golf Club with a 14-stroke lead. The Eagles have won the tournament title three of the last four years, including two straight.
The Eagles were five strokes better than anyone else in the morning round with a 294, but followed with their fourth under-par team score of the season in the afternoon. FGCU’s two-round 577 is 14 strokes ahead of second place High Point and 21 shots clear of host Stetson in third.
FGCU will take the par-72, 7,082-yard course tomorrow morning in search of its fourth straight team title. The Eagles have won Cobra-PUMA Invitational (Xavier), John Dallio Memorial (DePaul) and Mission Inn Collegiate Classic (St. John’s). FGCU will begin the final round on holes 1-3, beginning with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.
As a team, FGCU led the filed on the first day in par 3 scoring (+6), par 4 scoring (+11) and birdies (32). Four different Eagles are currently in the top 10, while no other team has more than three players in the top 20.
Leading the way was the Fort Myers duo of senior Alex Medinis (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS) and freshman Jack Hernandez (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS), who each own a share of third place. Medinis was one just three players in the 43-player field to go even-par or lower in each round on Monday. Medinis carded a team-low round one score of one-under 71 and followed with an even-par 72. Medinis leads the field in par 4 scoring at an impressive three-under and has a team-best eight birdies.
Hernandez continues to impress in his first full semester of competition, as his four-under par 68 in the afternoon equaled the best round of the day by the entire field. Hernandez’s opening round 75 contributed to the team score, bringing his consecutive scores streak to 14 to start his career. The Fort Myers product leads the field in par 5 scoring (-4) thanks to carding the team’s lone eagle and six birdies.
Junior Kyle English (Bloomington, Ill./University HS) also rebounded from a first round 75 with the team’s third under-par round of the day. English’s two-under 70 in the afternoon moved him up three spots into sole possession of sixth place. English is tied with Hernandez for the team lead of 24 pars.
Playing in the No. 1 spot in the lineup, senior Brandon Pena’s (Clewiston, Fla./Clewiston HS) consecutive counting scores streak increased to 41 with back-to-back 73s. Pena sits in sole possession of seventh place with a 146. He’s among the leaders in par 5 scoring (-2), par 4 scoring (+2) and pars (23).
T-3. Alex Medinis – 71(-1)-72(E)/143(-1)
T-3. Jack Hernandez – 75-68(-4)/143(-1)
6. Kyle English – 75-70(-2)/145
7. Brandon Pena – 73-73/146
T-22. Matt Cote – 76-78/154
1. FGCU – 294-283(-5)/577
2. High Point – 299-292/591
3. Stetson – 299-299/598
T-4. Bethune-Cookman – 302-299/601
T-4. Appalachian State – 301-300/601
6. Lipscomb – 306-307/613
7. FAU – 314-302/616
8. Florida A&M – 316-316/632
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