Mazziotta, Pena record top-5 finishes
FORT MYERS, Fla. –
Despite shooting a solid one-under par 287 on Monday, the FGCU men’s golf team couldn’t hold on to its two-stroke leading heading into today’s final round as No. 32 Xavier fired a six-under 282 to claim the Renaissance Invitational at The Club at Renaissance.
The Eagles’ 287 was good enough to post their second straight second place finish with a three-round total of 285(-3)-288(E)-287(-1)/860(-4). FGCU’s 860 (-4) is the eighth-best 54-hole tournament score in program history, as it finished 10 shots clear of No. 37 Ball State (870) in third place. Marshall finished in fourth place with an 880, while Georgetown (881) and Wisconsin (881) moved up on the final day to tie for fifth position.
“Give Xavier a lot of credit, they came out and put up a terrific number that was tough to beat,” said FGCU head coach Brent Jensen. “I’m pleased with our overall performance over the three days, but to beat good teams like Xavier we’ve got to close out our rounds better. We have a group of really good guys and I look forward to seeing how we progress at our next tournament.”
Medalist honors went to Xavier’s Sebastian McLean who carded a tournament-low four-under par 68 in the final day for a two-day score of 209 (69-72-68). Ranked No. 32 in the recent Golfstat poll, the Musketeers posted a 287(-1)-288(E)-282(-6)/857(-7).
As a team, FGCU led the tournament in par 5 scoring at an impressive 27-under par, while also finishing second in pars (165), third in birdies (48) and third in both par 3 scoring (+7) and par 4 scoring (+27). Three of the five Eagles landed in the top-20, as four of the five finished the par 5s at seven-under par or better.
Senior Dan Mazziotta (Fort Myers, Fla./Cypress Lake HS) saved his best round of the tournament for today, carding a team-best two-under par 70 over the final 18 holes. Mazziotta’s final round push earned him his second straight top-5 finish, tying for fourth place with a 71(-1)-73-70(-2)/214(-6). The Fort Myers, Fla. product played the course’s final nine holes at three-under par over the three rounds. Mazziotta ranked second amongst the field of 70 in par 5 scoring at nine-under par. Mazziotta has now finished in the top-10 or better in 15 of 29 career tournaments.
The two round leader heading into Monday, junior Brandon Pena’s (Clewiston, Fla./Clewiston HS) two-over par 74 was good enough to join Mazziotta in a tie for fourth place. The top-5 finish is the second of Pena’s career, as he put together rounds of 69(-3)-71(-1)-74 for a 214(-2). Pena’s bogey-free three-under par 69 in Saturday’s opening round was the low-round of the tournament for the Eagles. A native of Clewiston, Fla., Pena ranked among the tournament leaders in pars (39), par 4 scoring (+4) and par 5 scoring (-7).
Senior Gyles Robin (Jersey, England/De La Salle College) continued his steady play with an even-par 72 to tie for 15th place (73-73-72/218), the best finish of his career and his second straight top-20. Robin dominated the par 5s, playing the four holes at a tournament-best 10-under par. Junior Alex Medinis (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS) followed his par of even-par 72s with a 76 on Monday to tie for 21st place. Junior Jeremy Self (Tupelo, Miss./Tupelo HS) continued to move up the leader board, jumping 18 spots into a tie for 23rd thanks to a one-under par 71. The under-par round was the second of Self’s career, giving him a three-round 78-72(E)-71(-1)/221. Like his teammates, Self excelled at the par 5s, going seven-under par.
FGCU individuals capped a strong tournament, as three of the four finished in the top-23. Freshman Matt Cote (Palm Harbor, Fla./Palm Harbor University HS) turned in his second straight under-par round to vault into a tie for ninth place in his first collegiate tournament. Cote’s one-under par 71 in the final round gave him a three-round 217 (76-70-71), as he played the par 5s at seven-under.
Junior Patrick Williams (Toronto, Canada/Crescent School) also cracked the top-20, tying for 18th position. Williams had a bogey-free, three-under par 69 of his own in the first round and followed with rounds of 73 and 77 to close. Senior Zach Robinson (Pensacola, Fla./Booker T. Washington HS) carded a one-over par 73 to cap a 221 (74-74-73) that featured 35 pars. Junior Niklas Ahola (Gladstone, Mich./Gladstone HS) had his best round of the tournament on Monday with a two-over par 74 en route to finishing in a tie for 53rd (80-78-74/232).
FGCU will be back in action a week from today at the Mizuno Savannah Intercollegiate hosted by Georgia Southern on Oct. 11-12. The 54-hole tournament will begin on Monday, Oct. 11 with two rounds at Savannah Quarters Country Club.
FGCU COUNTING SCORES
T-4. Brandon Pena – 69(-3)-71(-1)-74/214(-2)
T-4. Dan Mazziotta – 71(-1)-73-70(-2)/214(-2)
T-15. Gyles Robin – 73-73-72(E)/218
T-21. Alex Medinis – 72(E)-72(E)-76/220
T-23. Jeremy Self – 78-72(E)-71(-1)/221
FGCU INDIVIDUAL SCORES
T-9. Matt Cote – 76-70(-2)-71(-1)/217
T-18. Patrick Williams – 69(-3)-73-77/219
T-23. Zach Robinson – 74-74-73/221
T-53. Niklas Ahola – 80-78-74/232
1. Xavier – 287(-1)-288(E)-282(-6)/857(-7)
2. FGCU – 285(-3)-288(E)-287(-1)/860(-4)
3. Ball State – 288(E)-292-290/870
4. Marshall – 295-292-293/880
T-5. Georgetown – 300-291-290/881
T-5. Wisconsin – 295-296-290/881
7. Miami (Ohio) – 290-294-301/885
8. Dayton – 286(-2)-296-310/892
9. Eastern Kentucky – 296-297-304/897
10. FAU – 303-304-301/908
11. Western Kentucky – 307-307-302/916
12. Bethune-Cookman – 306-302-309/917