MACON, Ga. – Following three consecutive rounds in the 60s which resulted in a tie for first place at the Cobra-PUMA Invitational earlier this week at Miromar Lakes Golf Club, sophomore Edward Figueroa has been named the Atlantic Sun Conference Men’s Golf Player of the Week.
The award is Figueroa’s (Naples, Fla./St. John Neumann HS) second of his career as he win his first following last year’s Cobra-PUMA Invitational. The defending A-Sun Freshman of the Year shot rounds of 69-66-69 (204) to finish 12-under par and tied with Ryan McCormick of St. John’s, but McCormick took the medalist title due to his better final round (67).
Figueroa played as an individual – meaning his scores did not count toward the Eagles’ team score – but FGCU still claimed its first tournament title of the year by 13 shots over FAU and 11 other teams, including No. 93 St. John’s by a dominant 27 strokes. It marked the third consecutive year FGCU has won the invite and defended its home turf.
After beginning his invitational with a 3-under round in the morning on Sunday, Oct. 27, Figueroa shot 6-under in the afternoon to finish -9 entering the final round. The 135 total was the second-best score relative to par through the first 36 holes of a tournament in program history. The SWFL product’s -9 was just one shot behind Daniel Mazziotta’s -10 at the Rio Pinar Invitational during the 2010-11 season. Last year en route to medalist honors at the Cobra-PUMA, Figueroa was -8 (136) through 36 holes before shooting a course record and program-tying 64 in the final round.
Then on Monday, Figueroa was -5 heading to his final two holes, but bogeyed both to finish -3 and still post the second-best tournament in terms of low 54-hole total in program history. Figueroa’s 204 is tied with two other golfers (Daniel Mazziotta and Ryan Michals). He owns the best 54-hole performance in program history as last year at this same event he shot a 200 (-16).
Among his many impressive stats, Figueroa entered this week’s invitational with a par-3 green-in-regulation percentage of .833 to rank 6th in the nation. Meanwhile, his 75.9 percent overall green-in-regulation was 12th-best in the country. Figueroa rolled in one eagle at the Cobra-PUMA to move his total to five already this year in just 12 rounds. His four eagles to begin the week were the fourth-most in the nation, while FGCU’s 12 eagles as a team were the third-most. That total now stands at a single-season program-record 15 following three at the Cobra-PUMA.
Figueroa and his FGCU teammates conclude their fall season with a trip to Jacksonville to compete in the UNF/Georgia Southern Intercollegiate Monday, Nov. 4, and Tuesday, Nov. 5.