FGCU In First After First Day Of 11th Annual Rice Intercollegiate
Monday, February 21, 2011
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HOUSTON, Texas - After carding a three-under par 285 in the morning round, the FGCU men’s golf team followed with a seven-under par 281 in the second round on Monday to sit in first place by three strokes at the 11th Annual Rice Intercollegiate being played at Westwood Golf Club.

The Eagles’ four-man score of 281 in the second round ties for the third-best round in the tournament’s 11-year history. All five of the FGCU players participating in the event carded at least one round at even-par or better, while eight of the team’s 10 rounds on the day were 72 or lower.

Wichita State (281-288/569) sits three strokes back of FGCU despite a seven-under par 281 of their own in the first round. The Blue and Green will also be playing Tuesday’s final round alongside New Mexico State, who sits in third place with a 291-279/570. New Mexico State is the highest-ranked team in the field of 15 at No. 51 by Golf Week.

“I’m very happy with how the team played today,” said head coach Brent Jensen, who has the Eagles vying for their third team title of the season. “We did a very good job keeping the golf course in front of us. We also did a great job of committing to each shot, keeping us in a one-shot at a time mindset. We need to stay mentally tough in tomorrow’s round to get the result we want.”

As a team, FGCU tied for the first day lead with 36 birdies and par 4 scoring at +5. The Eagles made up their ground on the par 72, 7184-yard course’s par 5s where they shot 15-under par.

Making his second career start, freshman Matt Cote (Palm Harbor, Fla./Palm Harbor University HS) paces three Eagles in the top 10 after carding back-to-back two-under par 70s to sit in a tie for fifth place in the field of 75. Cote’s 11 birdies tied for the most on the day, while he led the field in par 3 scoring (-1). Out of his eight career rounds, Cote has produced six under-par scores.

Junior Brandon Pena’s (Clewiston, Fla./Clewiston HS) three-under par 69 in the second round of the day moved him up eight spots into a tie for eighth place overall with teammate Patrick Williams (Toronto, Canada/Crescent School). Pena’s 69, which included a 33 on the back nine, followed an even-par 72 in the morning round. Williams joined Cote as they only two Eagles to card a pair of under-par rounds. Williams followed a two-under 70 in the first round with a one-under 71 for a 141. The Toronto native was part of a group of 11 players that finished under-par on the course’s par 4s.

The Fort Myers duo of senior Dan Mazziotta (Fort Myers, Fla./Cypress Lake HS) and junior Alex Medinis (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS) give the Eagles five players in the top 20. Mazziotta and Medinis produced two-round totals of 145 to sit in a nine-way tie for 20th. Mazziotta’s even-par 72 highlighted his day that saw him rank tied for sixth in the field in par 5 scoring (-4). Medinis’ 145 came on rounds of 74 and one-under 71. His 71 in the final round gave the Eagles four under-par counting scores.

Tuesday’s final round will begin at 8:15 a.m. with a shotgun start. FGCU along with Wichita State and New Mexico State will begin on holes 1-3.

FGCU PARTICIPANTS
T-5. Matt Cote – 70(-2)-70(-2)/140(-4)
T-8. Brandon Pena – 72(E)-69(-3)/141(-3)
T-8. Patrick Williams – 70(-2)-71(-1)/141(-3)
T-20. Dan Mazziotta – 73-72(E)/145
T-20. Alex Medinis – 74-71(-1)/145

TOURNAMENT STANDINGS (Golf Week Ranking)
1. FGCU (87) – 285(-3)-281(-7)/566(-10)
2. Wichita State (154) – 281(-7)-288(E)/569(-7)
3. New Mexico State (51) – 291-279(-9)/570(-6)
4. Texas State (104) – 286(-2)-285(-3)/571(-5)
5. Louisiana-Monroe (131) – 290-286(-2)/576(E)
T-6. Houston (72) – 290-287(-1)/577
T-6. Rice () – 288(E)-289/577
8. Texas-San Antonio (216) – 282(-6)-297/579
9. Nebraska (100) – 291-291/582
10. Bowling Green (115) – 293-290/583
11. Missouri State (109) – 303-289/592
12. Louisiana Tech (83) – 297-298/595
13. Miami (OH) (93) – 297-299/596
14. Oral Roberts (197) – 308-294/602
15. Houston Baptist (256) – 312-300/612