BRASELTON, Ga. – Highlighted by a two-under par 69 from junior Alex Medinis (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS), the FGCU men’s golf team opened play at the Atlantic Sun Championship held at The Chateau Course of Chateau Elan with a 286 to sit in sole possession of fifth place in the 11-team field.
The Blue and Green’s four-over 286 is six strokes back of No. 49 Kennesaw State who posted the only under-par round of the day at 280(-4). Just one stroke ahead of the Eagles is a three-way tie for second (285) between Campbell, No. 44 UNF and USC Upstate.
FGCU will take the tee for Tuesday’s second round from 9:30-10:06 a.m. playing alongside Campbell and Belmont.
“We got off to a great start, getting under-par immediately, but we let it slip away down the stretch,” said head coach Brent Jensen. “You can’t play well for 14 or 15 holes and then think you can coast down the stretch and that’s what happened. We’ve got to come back tomorrow and focus on each shot until we’re off the 18th green.”
The Eagles were tied for the lead through the first nine holes at four-under par and played the opening 15 holes at three-under as a group. The final three holes were a different story, though, as the par 3, 16th hole saw FGCU go four-over par and plus-eight over the final three holes. The par 4, 17th played was statistically the hardest hole of the day, while the par 4, 18th was the third toughest.
Medinis’ two-under par 69 put him in a four-way tie for fourth place on the 55-player leader board. A bogey-free 34 on the front nine by Medinis was followed by a 35 on the back. Four of Mednis’ last five rounds have been under-par. The day featured 11 under-par rounds.
Senior Dan Mazziotta (Fort Myers, Fla./Cypress Lake HS) was four-under and bogey-free through the first 13 holes before finishing the day with an even-par 71 to sit in a tie for 11th place. Mazziotta did post his 11th even-par round or better in his last 12 rounds thanks to a three-under 33 on the front.
The last two counting scores came from junior Brandon Pena (Clewiston, Fla./Clewiston HS) and freshman Matt Cote (Palm Harbor, Fla./Palm Harbor University HS) who each carded two-over 73s. The duo is amongst a large group tied for 21st overall, as Cote ranks among the leaders in par 5 scoring at two-under. Senior Gyles Robin (Jersey, England/De La Salle College) rounded out the afternoon for the Eagles with a 75.
The Chateau Course features contoured fairways, thick Bermuda roughs, and strategically placed lakes and ponds opened in July 1989. Built on 170 acres of the finest terrain, the 7,030 yard layout of the Chateau Elan Course, designed by Denis Griffiths, plays to a par 71. Live in-progress scoring of Tuesday’s second round can be found by going to the FGCU men’s golf schedule and clicking on the day’s event or by going to www.GolfStat.com and searching for the Atlantic Sun Championship on the front page. Live twitter updates from the course can also be followed at www.twitter.com/fgcueagles. Full recaps, stats and post-round interviews after each day can be found at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com.
T-4. Alex Medinis – 69 (-2)
T-12. Dan Mazziotta – 71 (E)
T-21. Brandon Pena – 73
T-21. Matt Cote – 73
T-35. Gyles Robin -75
TOURNAMENT STANDINGS (Golf Week Ranking)
1. Kennesaw State (49) – 280 (-4)
T-2. USC Upstate (154) – 285
T-2. UNF (44) – 285
T-2. Campbell (91) – 285
5. FGCU (74) – 286
6. Belmont (209) – 291
7. ETSU (81) – 293
T-8. Mercer (99) – 294
T-8. Stetson (155) – 294
T-10. Jacksonville (138) – 298
T-10. Lipscomb (257) - 298