BRASELTON, Ga. – Led by junior Kyle English’s (Bloomington, Ill./University HS) three-under par 69 that helped him earn a spot on the All-Conference team, the FGCU men’s golf team concluded play at the Atlantic Sun Championship held at the Chateau Elan Legends Course on Wednesday in fourth place.
English’s season-low 69 was the low final round in the field and just one of three under-par rounds on the final day, as the Bloomington, Ill. product concluded his first A-Sun Championship appearance in fifth place on the 50-player leaderboard. The top five finishers in the field are automatically deemed All-Conference performers.
After waiting through a two and half hour weather delay, FGCU shot a final round four-man score of 300, good for the second-best score of the day en route to a 292-304-300/896 for the week. The Eagles made up 11 strokes on defending A-Sun champ and No. 41 Kennesaw State, but fell just short of the Owls for third (291-292-311/894).
No. 14 UNF, one of four top 100 teams in the field of 10, earned the A-Sun’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament by holding on for the four-stroke win. ETSU made up six strokes on UNF in the final round, but finished in second place. The Ospreys created the double figure lead heading into the final round thanks to a one-under 287 and two-under 286 in the first two days.
One of five players in the field to finish even-par or better for the tournament, English shot a 73-74-69(-3)/216(E). English finished Wednesday’s final round strong, shooting five-under par over the last 14 holes with no bogeys. Five of his team-high 11 birdies came in the final round, as he also led the team in par 3 scoring (+1), par 4 scoring (+2) and par 5 scoring (-3).
Playing in the 100th round of his collegiate career, senior Brandon Pena (Clewiston, Fla./Clewiston HS) made up 16 spots on the individual leaderboard and moved into a tie for 15th with a final round two-over par 74. Pena’s top 20 finish is his 24th in 35 career tournaments, as he finished with a 76-77-74/227. The Clewiston, Fla. product finished in the top 15 in all four of his A-Sun Championship appearances.
Redshirt junior Patrick Williams’ (Toronto, Ontario/Crescent School) 22nd place finish was highlighted by a one-under 71 in the first round. Williams finished the three days with a score of 71(-1)-80-78/229, playing the course’s par 5s at one-under. His one-under 71 equaled his career-low at the 2010 A-Sun Championship that was also played at the Chateau Elan Legends Course.
Like Pena, classmate Alex Medinis (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS) was playing in his fourth A-Sun Championship and provided the last counting score to the team’s 300 with a 79. Medinis tied for 31st overall with a 77-76-79/232 scorecard that featured 33 pars, good for 13th in the field.
Entering the final round tied for 14th, freshman Jack Hernandez (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a back injury suffered early in the round. Hernandez contributed a counting score in each of the first two rounds, shooting an even-par 72 and 77.
Entering the tournament ranked No. 84 by Golf Week, FGCU still has a chance to be selected into one of the six regions of the 74th Annual NCAA Championship that starts on May 17-19. Individual players can also be selected to one of the six regions even if the team isn’t chosen.
5. Kyle English – 73-74-69(-3)/216(E)
T-15. Brandon Pena – 76-77-74/227
T-22. Patrick Williams – 71(-1)-80-78/229
T-31. Alex Medinis – 77-76-79/232
WD. Jack Hernandez – 72(E)-77/149
ATLANTIC SUN CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS (Golf Week Ranking)
1. North Florida (14) – 287(-1)-286(-2)-302/875
2. ETSU (126) – 288(E)-295-296/879
3. Kennesaw State (42) – 291-292-311/894
4. FGCU (84) – 292-304-300/896
5. Stetson (204) – 307-295-305/907
6. Mercer (88) – 303-297-314/914
7. USC Upstate (148) – 299-302-317/918
8. Jacksonville (151) – 303-304-316/923
9. Lipscomb (253) – 315-299-311/925
10. Belmont (207) – 313-302-318/933