BRASELTON, Ga. – The FGCU men’s golf team moved up one spot into fourth place at the Atlantic Sun Championship on Tuesday after firing an even-par 284 at The Chateau Course of Chateau Elan.
After struggling to close out Monday’s opening 18 holes, the Eagles finished strong with a combined six birdies over the final four holes for their 15th round of even-par or better as a team this season. FGCU’s two-round 286-284(E)/570 sits seven strokes back of leader No. 49 Kennesaw State (280(-4)-283(-1)/563).
The Owls enter Wednesday’s final round with a five-stroke lead over No. 44 UNF (285-283) and Campbell (285-283) who sit in a tie for second place at even-par 568. The trio will play together in the final group that will tee off from 8:45-9:21 a.m.
FGCU will take the 7,030-yard, par 71 course from 8:00-8:36 a.m. playing alongside Belmont and ETSU.
Junior Brandon Pena (Clewiston, Fla./Clewiston HS) played the final 12 holes of the day at four-under par en route to supplying the team’s low round at two-under par 69. Pena moved up 10 spots on the individual leader board into a tie for 11th. Pena sits at even-par 144 (73-69) for the tournament, carding six birdies and 24 pars along the way. The Clewiston, Fla. product produced an A-Sun final round record seven-under par 65 in last year’s tournament.
Behind two birdies in his last four holes, junior Alex Medinis (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS) remained in a tie for fourth place in the field of 55 with a one-under 70. The under-par round is the second of the tournament for Medinis who opened with a two-under 69 on Monday. Through 36 holes, Medinis has played the par 3s, par 4s and par 5s each at one-under. Medinis leads FGCU with seven birdies and 25 pars.
Senior Gyles Robin (Jersey, England/De La Salle College) carded a one-over 72 to account for the team’s third score. Robin got off to a blazing start over the first nine holes, scoring a three-under 33 with no bogeys. He has played the front nine at two-under for the two rounds and is tied for 28th with a 75-72/147.
The final two scores of two-over par 73 came from senior Dan Mazziotta (Fort Myers, Fla./Cypress Lake HS) and freshman Matt Cote (Palm Harbor, Fla./Palm Harbor University HS). Mazziotta’s 73 followed a round of even-par 71, as he occupies the 16th spot. Cote’s 73 saw him finish strong, as he went one-under over the final 11 holes. Cote’s 73 is his second of the tournament and puts him a tie for 21st.
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 Wednesday final 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)-70(-1)/139(-3)
T-11. Brandon Pena – 73-69(-2)142(E)
T-16. Dan Mazziotta – 71(E)-73/144
T-23. Matt Cote – 73-73/146
T-28. Gyles Robin -75-72/147
TOURNAMENT STANDINGS (Golf Week Ranking)
1. Kennesaw State (49) – 280(-4)-283(-1)/563(-5)
T-2. UNF (44) – 285-283(-1)/568(E)
T-2. Campbell (91) – 285-283(-1)/568(E)
4. FGCU (74) – 286-284(E)-570
5. Belmont (209) – 291-285/576
T-6. ETSU (81) – 293-286/579
T-6. USC Upstate (154) – 285-294/579
8. Mercer (99) – 294-289/583
9. Jacksonville (138) – 298-286/584
10. Stetson (155) – 294-300/594
11. Lipscomb (257) – 298-303/601