FGCU Men's Golf Takes 5th at Matlock Invite
LAKELAND, FL - The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s golf team opened up the spring season with a strong showing in the Matlock Invitational hosted by Florida Southern in Lakeland Florida. Florida Southern held off late charges from West Florida and Lynn University to defend their home course by two shots.
Coach Meyer wasn’t sure what was tougher the pin placements or the weather. “Some of the pins were very difficult to get at if you hadn’t played the course often. You had to be selective at which ones to fire at.” Playing in temperatures around 40 degrees and a wind that howled at 20mph the Eagles stayed tough finishing 5 through 36 holes.
On the final day the eagles were resilient not to give up ground and held their position finishing fifth overall beating regional rivals Rollins, Nova Southeastern, Valdosta State, Barry, and Delta State as well as DI schools Kansas State, Old Dominion, Francis Marion, and Tennessee Chattanooga.
The swinging Eagles were lead by true freshman Kyle Hammond finishing fourth overall. His 221 total, six shots behind winner Greg Koch of Florida Southern, was highlighted with a final round even par 72. “He (Hammond) had it four under through 13 holes and just lost a little focus towards the end” said Coach Suttie. “I am very pleased with his round. It was an experience he will learn from and become a stronger player.”
Rounding out the rest of the team was Senior Drew Pierson (T-19 226) Kyle Henderson (T-39 231) Chris Covelli (T50 233) and Jim Ellis (T-56 235).“It was great to see all of the off-season work pay off” said Coach Suttie. “We put a lot time in conditioning and focusing on fundamentals. All of the physical tools are there, it is a matter of continuing to build the teams mental game.”
The men’s golf team will host the Lexus Naples Invitational this Monday and Tuesday at Hammock Bay Golf Club.