FGCU Finishes in a Tie For Sixth at the FAU Spring Break Championship
Sunday, March 25, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)
Pena's seventh place finish was his seventh top 10 of the year.
Pena's seventh place finish was his seventh top 10 of the year.

LAKE WORTH, Fla. – An uncharacteristic final round score of 298 by the FGCU men’s golf team on Sunday at the FAU Spring Break Championship put the Eagles in a tie for sixth place in the 15-team field at The Fountains Country Club.

FGCU opened the tournament with a one-under 283 and an even-par 284, but snapped a string of five straight rounds at even-par or lower with Sunday’s 298 that put it in a tie for sixth with USF at a three-round total of 865.

No. 25 Florida State, who was one of eight teams in the field currently ranked in the top 100 by Golf Week, led from start to finish, capping its 19-stroke win with a 11-under 273 on Sunday. The Seminoles’ three-day 23-under 829 was aided by the top three individuals in the 90-player field. Brooks Koepka took home medalist honors with a 67(-4)-69(-2)-63(-8)/199(-14).

Ohio State (285-281-282/848) used back-to-back under-par rounds to finish in second place, while Northern Illinois (853) was third, Jacksonville State (860) in fourth and Xavier (862) rounded out the top five.

Senior Brandon Pena (Clewiston, Fla./Clewiston) was FGCU’s top finisher, placing in a four-way tie for seventh place for his seventh top 10 finish this year. Pena was the Green and Blue’s low-man in two of three rounds, carding a 71(E)-67(-4)-73/211(-2). The Clewiston, Fla. product’s four-under 67 was bogey free, as Pena ranked third in the field in pars (39) and par 4 scoring (-1).

The other half of FGCU’s sensational senior duo, Alex Medinis (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS) capped a solid tournament in a tie for 16th overall with a scorecard of 70(-1)-70(-1)-73/213(E). Medinis back-to-back one-under par 70s to open the tournament gave him four under-par rounds in his last two events.

Freshman Jack Hernandez (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) carded back-to-back even-par 71s in rounds one and two before shooting a 76 on Sunday. Hernandez tied Medinis for the team low in par 5 scoring at five-under en route to tying for 30th place (218). Junior Kyle English (Bloomington, Ill./University HS) shot his second straight 76 in the final round for a three-round 71(E)-76-76/223. English led the team with 12 birdies. Redshirt junior Patrick Williams (Toronto, Ontario/Crescent School) opened the event with an even-par 71 and followed with two straight 77s.

T-7. Brandon Pena (Sr.) – 71(E)-67(-4)-73/211(-2)
T-16. Alex Medinis (Sr.) – 70(-1)-70(-1)-73/213(E)
T-30. Jack Hernandez (Fr.) – 71(E)-71(E)-76/218
T-53. Kyle English (Jr.) – 71(E)-76-76/223
T-63. Patrick Williams (RS-Jr.) – 71(E)-77-77/225

T-31. Jeremy Self (R-Jr.) – 73(+2)-71(E)-83/227

TOURNAMENT STANDINGS (Golf Week Ranking/Last updated March 18)
1. Florida State (25) – 280(-4)-276(-8)-273(-11)/829(-23)
2. Ohio State (68) – 285-281(-3)-282(-2)/848(-4)
3. Northern Illinois (152) – 282(-2)-281(-3)-290/853
4. Jacksonville State (89) – 284(E)-280(-4)-296/860
5. Xavier (107) – 285-283(-1)-294/862
T-6. FGCU (86) – 283(-1)-284(E)-298/865
T-6. USF (73) – 293-285-287/865
8. Michigan State (82) – 293-287-289/869
9. Marshall (158) – 298-281(-3)-294/873
10. FAU (221) – 292-298-286/876
T-11. UConn (167) – 303-280(-4)-297/880
T-11. Minnesota (90) – 297-290-293/880
13. Miami-Ohio (181) – 296-289-296/881
14. Murray State (240) – 297-296-290/883
15. DePaul (157) – 307-292-303/902