BRASELTON, Ga. – The FGCU men’s golf team completed the second round of the Atlantic Sun Championship held at the Chateau Elan Legends Course on Tuesday with a team score of 302 to maintain its spot in fourth place in the field of 10.
The Eagles’ 302 comes on the heels of an opening-round 292 for a two-round score of 596 heading into Wednesday’s final round. No. 14 North Florida put together its second straight under-par round with a two-under 286 to sit 10 strokes clear of the field (287-286/573). Defending champ Kennesaw State (291-292/583) and ETSU (288-295/583) are tied for second.
The par-72, 6,975-yard course that was also host to the 2010 A-Sun Championship has seen just 12 under-par round carded over the opening two rounds by the 50-player field. UNF’s Sean Dale owns two of those rounds, leading the field with a 68(-4)-69(-3)/137(-7).
Redshirt junior Kyle English (Bloomington, Ill./University HS) held on to his 10th spot in the individual standings with a team-low two-over par 74 on Tuesday that featured 13 pars over his final 15 holes. English shot a one-over 73 on Monday and currently leads FGCU in birdies (6) and is second in pars (22) over the first 36 holes.
Also making his first appearance in an A-Sun Championship, freshman Jack Hernandez (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) turned in his second straight counting score and sits in a tie for 14th with a two-round 72(E)-77/149. Hernandez ranks fourth in the field in par 3 scoring (-3) and has now turned in a counting score in 30 consecutive rounds to start his collegiate career.
One of just seven players to fire an under-par round on the first day, redshirt junior Patrick Williams (Toronto, Ontario/Crescent School) slipped from a tie for fourth place into a tie for 20th after an 80 on Tuesday that did not count towards the team’s 302. Williams’ 71 was his second career under-par round at the A-Sun Championship, as he is tied for the team lead in birdies (6) and par 3 scoring (E).
Seniors Brandon Pena (Clewiston, Fla./Clewiston HS) and Alex Medinis (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS) contributed the final two counting scores with a 77 and 76, respectively. The duo has each turned in a two-day score of 153 to sit in a tie for 31st overall. Pena, who will play in his 100th career round on Wednesday, leads the team with 23 pars in the tournament. Medinis ended his round on Tuesday with seven straight pars, and has played the par 3s and par 5s at even-par through 36 holes.
The Eagles will hit the course for Wednesday’s final round starting at 8:00 a.m. FGCU will be playing alongside fifth place Mercer. Medinis will lead things off for the Green and Blue at 8:00 a.m. from the first tee followed by Pena (8:09 a.m.), Williams (8:18 a.m.), Hernandez (8:27 a.m.) and English (8:36 a.m.).
Live in-progress scoring of the tournament can be found at www.GolfStat.com. A link to the live scoring can be found by going to the FGCU men’s golf schedule and clicking on the day’s event. Updates will also be available on twitter @fgcueagles.
T-10. Kyle English – 73-74/147
T-14. Jack Hernandez – 72(E)-77/149
T-20. Patrick Williams – 71(-1)-80/151
T-31. Brandon Pena – 76-77/153
T-31. Alex Medinis – 77-76/153
ATLANTIC SUN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (Golf Week Ranking)
1. North Florida (14) – 287(-1)-286(-2)/573(-3)
T-2. ETSU (126) – 288(E)-295/583
T-2. Kennesaw State (42) – 291-292/583
4. FGCU (84) – 292-304/596
5. Mercer (88) – 303-297/600
6. USC Upstate (148) – 299-302/601
7. Stetson (204) – 307-295/602
8. Jacksonville (151) – 303-304/607
9. Lipscomb (253) – 315-299/614
10. Belmont (207) – 313-302/615