FGCU Takes Third At FAU Spring Break Championship
Sunday, March 27, 2011
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Medinis ties for second place in field of 93

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The FGCU men’s golf team turned its second straight par or lower round with a 286 on Sunday to move up two spots and close out the 17-team FAU Spring Break Championship in third place at Gleneagles Country Club.

Entering the day in fifth place, the Eagles’ two-under par 286 was the third-best score of the afternoon and marked the seventh tournament this season they have gone under-par as a team in at least one round. FGCU, who ranks No. 76 in Golf Week’s current rankings, finished at one-over par for the entire tournament, producing a three-day 291-288(E)-286(-2)/867.

“I’m really proud of the way we finished today’s round because we got several strokes back over the final few holes,” said head coach Brent Jensen. “The guys bounced back from a mediocre start to the tournament with back-to-back rounds that we can build off of.”

The Eagles did defeat two of the field’s other top 100 teams, including Big Ten members No. 38 Northwestern and No. 77 Minnesota. The Big Ten did supply the winner, though, as No. 24 Ohio State led from start to finish en route to an impressive 12-under 852 (278-281-293). Host FAU (863) used eight-under 280 on Sunday to vault up the leader board into second place.

Junior Alex Medinis (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS) capped a strong tournament with a two-under par 70 to finish in a tie for second place, just three strokes back of Ohio State’s Brad Smith for medalist honors. Medinis’ score of five-under 211 for the tournament (68-73-70) is a career-low for a 54-hole tournament. The Fort Myers native led the team and finished second in the field with 13 birdies and played the course’s par 5s at three-under.

“Alex showed a lot of poise in today’s round,” Jensen said. “He didn’t have the best finish to Saturday’s round and today he didn’t let that bother him. He led our charge down the stretch with a few late birdies to get himself and the team under-par.”

Fellow Fort Myers product Dan Mazziotta (Fort Myers, Fla./Cypress Lake HS) finished in the top 10 for the third straight tournament and seventh time this season with a 72(E)-70(-2)-72(E)/214(-2). With Saturday’s second round two-under 70, Mazziotta set the program single-season record for rounds at par or lower (21) en route to tying for seventh place. Mazziotta’s 12 birdies increased his season total to 114 which ranks in the top five nationally.

Junior Gyles Robin (Jersey, England/De La Salle College) produced his third under-par round of the season in Sunday’s final round with a 71. Robin moved up 15 spots on the individual leader board into a tie for 24th overall and his three-round 220 (77-72-71) was two strokes off his career-best. Robin was one of three Eagles to play the par 5s at three-under and had 10 birdies on the weekend.

The final counting score of FGCU’s sixth under-par round of the spring came from freshman Matt Cote (Palm Harbor, Fla./Palm Harbor University HS) who carded a one-over 73. Cote tied for 44th place after rounds of 77-74-73/224. Junior Patrick Williams (Toronto, Canada/Crescent School) rounded out FGCU’s five players in the top 50 with a three-day 76-73-76/225. Williams led the Eagles with 38 pars.

FGCU PARTICIPANTS
T-2. Alex Medinis – 68(-4)-73-70(-2)/211(-5)
T-7. Dan Mazziotta – 72(E)-70(-2)-72(E)/214(-2)
T-24. Gyles Robin – 77-72(E)-71(-1)/220
T-44. Matt Cote – 77-74-73/224
T-48. Patrick Williams – 76-73-76/225

TOURNAMENT STANDINGS (Golf Week Ranking)
1. Ohio State (24) – 278(-10)-281(-7)-293/852
2. FAU (176) – 292-291-280(-8)/863(-1)
3. FGCU (76) – 293-288(E)-286(-2)/867
4. Miami-Ohio (112) – 295-285(-3)-289/869
5. Minnesota (77) – 292-293-285(-3)/870
6. DePaul (211) – 286(-2)-289-296/871
7. Nebraska (114) – 291-288(E)-293/872
T-8. Marshall (138) – 295-298-301/894
T-8. Michigan State (160) – 297-294-303/894
T-8. Marquette (153) – 306-296-292/894
11. Northwestern (38) – 295-306-297/898
12. Murray State (133) – 305-297-301/903
13. Northern Illinois (162) – 300-297-308/905
14. USF (193) – 310-304-298/912
15. UConn (185) – 308-303-303/914
16. Eastern Michigan (113) – 316-305-309/930
17. Wisconsin (168) – 323-313-303/939