FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s golf team is set to compete in the 2010 A-Sun Men’s Golf Championship at the Legends Course at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Ga. Competition begins at 8 a.m. on Monday and fans can follow the action at Golfstat.com
The 11-member Atlantic Sun includes Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.
The Legends is a private golf club located within the Chateau Elan Community. Unique in design, The Legends at Chateau Elan was crafted from the worldly experience of three great golfing champions: Gene Sarazen, Kathy Whitworth and Sam Snead. These champions lent their expertise during “on site” visits to help architect Denis Griffiths build one of top ranked courses in Georgia. The Legends was the home of the Sarazen World Open Championship, a PGA Tour event from 1994 through 1998 to honor Gene Sarazen.
As part of a multi-year agreement with the Gwinnett Sports Commission, the Men’s Championship will remain at Chateau Elan through 2012. The Chateau Course serves as the venue in 2011. The Woodlands Course, which hosted in 2008, will be the site in 2012.
Last season, the A-Sun Championship expanded its field to 11 teams with the inclusion of FGCU and USC Upstate. The Eagles represented themselves well, finishing fifth, one stroke behind ETSU.
Campbell enters the 2010 A-Sun Championship as the defending champion. The Camels return plenty of talent from their championship squad, headlined by the runner-up at last year’s event and the reigning A-Sun Freshman of the Year, Vaita Guillaume.
UNF, which won its first A-Sun Golf Championship in 2008, enters as the conference’s top ranked school having spent the entire season among the nation’s top 20 programs. An ETSU participant has won the medalist honor at each of the last three A-Sun Championships (current members Seamus Power in 2007 and Michael Stewart in 2009, along with Gareth Shaw in 2008). Only one other time has a school produced three consecutive individual champions, when members of the Houston Baptist squad earned the title – Darryl Henning in 1984, Colin Montgomerie in 1985 and Fred Benton in 1986.
During the fall portion of the schedule, the Eagles took top team honors at the Mission Inn Fall Intercollegiate (10/1/09), the FGCU Eagle Invitational (10/12/09) and the Stetson/CFSC Invitational (11/3/09), where they set a new tournament record score of 851 (283-281-287). The Blue and Green’s top finish of the spring came at the Mission Inn Spring Fling (3/12/09) where they earned second place in the field of nine.
As individuals, junior Daniel Mazziotta (Fort Myers, Fla.), sophomore Patrick Williams (Toronto, Ontario) and senior Michael Hart (London, England) picked up tournament titles this season. Mazziotta took top honors at the Mission Inn Fall Intercollegiate, while Williams did so at the Stetson/CFSC Invitational and Hart at the FGCU Eagle Invitational. Sophomore Alex Medinis (Fort Myers, Fla.) also placed in the top 10 at five tournaments this season, highlighted by a share of second place at the Bethune-Cookman Fall Invitational (10/25/09).
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast.
Mike Hart – Sr. (London, England)
Dan Mazziotta – Jr. (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Alex Medinis – So. (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Brandon Pena – So. (Clewiston, Fla.)
Pat Williams – So. (Toronto, Ontario)
2009 Final Leaderboard
1 Campbell University (279 286 302) 867
2 North Florida, U. of (288 284 302) 874
3 Mercer University (299 282 295) 876
4 East Tennessee St. (295 289 297) 881
5 Florida Gulf Coast U (290 289 303) 882
6 Stetson University (300 292 298) 890
7 USC Upstate (294 296 303) 893
8 Kennesaw St. Univ. (289 287 318) 894
9 Jacksonville Univ. (290 300 306) 896
10 Belmont University (289 294 317) 900
11 Lipscomb Univ. (309 294 313) 916