Three-round 844 good for second-best 54-hole tournament in program history
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Owning a 15-stroke lead heading into Tuesday’s final round, the FGCU men’s golf team finished off a strong tournament by shooting an even-par 288 to take home first place at the 14-team Mizuno Savannah Intercollegiate hosted by Georgia Southern at Savannah Quarters Country.
The tournament win in the first of the season for the Eagles after opening with back-to-back second place finishes at the John Dallio Memorial Tournament and the Renaissance Invitational. The team title is the ninth since the program entered Division I in 2007-08, but the first under newly-appointed head coach Brent Jensen.
“I’m really pleased with the number we posted today despite the pressure of holding the lead,” said Jensen. “Conditions were a little tougher than yesterday and it would have been nice to finish with three under-par rounds, but a 288 is a very respectable score for a final round. The whole tournament was a complete team effort and we had different guys step up each round.”
FGCU’s three-round 281(-7)-275(-13)-288(E)/844(-20) is good for the second-best 54-hole tournament in program history, as the Eagles finished 17 strokes ahead of second place Wofford (861). Winthrop (865) and Troy (865) tied for third place, while fellow Atlantic Sun member Jacksonville (866) rounded out the top five.
With its even-par 288 on Tuesday, FGCU has now gone two straight tournaments without a round at over-par. Monday’s second round 13-under par 275 highlighted the 54-hole event for the Eagles, equaling the best single-round in program history against par.
Junior Brandon Pena (Clewiston, Fla./Clewiston HS) edged out senior Dan Mazziotta (Fort Myers, Fla./Cypress Lake HS) as the team’s top finisher by shooting a one-under par 71 on the final day. Pena’s third straight under-par round of the tournament and his fifth in the last six rounds put him in a tie for fourth place. The Clewiston, Fla. product’s 70(-2)-69(-3)-71(-1)/210(-6) ranks in the top 10 in school history for a 54-hole tournament. Pena led the field of 80 in par 3 scoring (-3), while ranking second in par 5 scoring (-5) and tied for fourth in birdies (14). The top five finish is the second in a row for Pena.
Mazziotta finished his final round strong with birdies in two of his final three holes for a two-over par 74. Entering the day in second place in the individual standings, Mazziotta placed in a tie for sixth overall with a 70(-2)-67(-5)-74/211(-5), just one stroke back of Pena. A native of Fort Myers, Mazziotta continued his dominance of the par 5s by playing the course’s four longest holes at a tournament-best six-under par. Playing in his 30th tournament, the top-10 finish was the 16th of Mazziotta’s career.
Junior Patrick Williams (Toronto, Canada/Crescent School) held on to 10th place with a one-over par 73 en route to a two-under par 214 (72-69(-3)-73) for the tournament. The top-10 finish is the fourth of Williams’ career after turning in three last season. The Toronto, Canada product led the team and ranked second in the field with 15 birdies. Williams played both the par 4s and par 5s at three-under par over the three rounds.
Playing in just his second career tournament and making his first collegiate start, freshman Matt Cote (Palm Harbor, Fla./Palm Harbor HS) placed in a tie for 14th (69-70-76/215) for his second straight top-20 finish. Cote’s 76 in Tuesday’s final round came after an opening day in which he fired a three-under par 69 and a two-under 70. Cote had the only eagle of the tournament for FGCU while playing the par 3s at two-under and the par 5s at four-under.
Senior Gyles Robin (Jersey, England/De La Salle College) was the Blue and Green’s low-man on the final day, carding a season-best two-under par 70 to move up 19 spots on the leader board. Robin improved each round, producing a one-under 71 in round two after a disappointing 80 to open the tournament. Robin’s three-round 221 put him in a tie for 36th overall.
The Eagles placed four players in the top-20 for the third consecutive tournament, while no other team had more than two. Each member of the starting five produced an under-par round, while four of the five had at least two.
FGCU will take two weeks off from tournament play until it heads west to Monterey, Calif. for the St. Mary’s College Invitational from Oct. 25-26. Jensen will get a chance to lead the Eagles in the 54-hole tournament hosted by his alma mater that will begin with 36 holes on Monday, Oct. 25.
T-4. Brandon Pena – 70(-2)-69(-3)-71(-1)/210(-6)
T-6. Dan Mazziotta – 70(-2)-67(-5)-74/211(-5)
T-10. Patrick Williams – 72(E)-69(-3)-73/214(-2)
T-14. Matt Cote – 69(-3)-70(-2)-76/215(-1)
T-36. Gyles Robin – 80-71(-1)-71(-1)/222
TOURNAMENT RESULTS (14 Teams)
1. FGCU - 281(-7)-275(-13)-288(E)/844(-20)
2. Wofford – 287(-1)-284(-4)-290/861(-3)
T-3. Troy – 283(-5)-290-290/865
T-3. Winthrop – 291-286(-2)-288(E)/865
5. Jacksonville – 285(-3)-290-291/866
6. Georgia College – 302-283(-5)-284(-4)/869
7. Davidson – 292-290-290/872
8. Elon – 295-289-291/875
9. Arkansas State – 295-284(-4)-297/876
10. USC Upstate – 298-288(E)-293/879
11. Armstrong Atlantic – 300-289-293/883
T-12. Charleston Southern – 300-288(E)-300/888
T-12. Georgia Southern – 297-294-297/888
14. Gardner-Webb – 302-304-297/903