BRASELTON, Ga. – The FGCU men’s golf team improved its second-round score by one stroke from its opening 18 on Sunday, but the Eagles sit in 9th place following 36 holes and two days of action at the Atlantic Sun Championship at The Legends Course of Chateau Elan.
Blake Biggs (Peoria, Ill./Eastern Florida State College/Peoria Notre Dame HS) led the Eagles with a 2-over 74 Monday – good for the second-best round of the tournament by any FGCU golfer. The junior improved by six shots from the 80 he carded in round one, moving from a tie for 37th to a tie for 27th overall.
“Today was another frustrating day and we failed to make up any ground,” head coach Brent Jensen said. “Blake played well and bounced back nicely from a disappointing first round, but we need more improvement from everyone in the final round.”
Mercer (581) leads the 10-team field by two shots over Kennesaw State (583) following a second-round 291. FGCU finished with a 311 total Monday, and its two-round 623 total is three clear of Stetson and four behind eighth-place Northern Kentucky.
Biggs – who started on the 10th hole – made a birdie on the par-4 13th and carried a 1-under round into the 17th before making bogey on both 17 and 18. From there, he made seven straight pars before another bogey on the 8th pushed his card to +2 for the day.
After leading FGCU with a round of 73 on Sunday, Keaton Jones (Kitchener, Ontario/St. Mary’s HS) signed for a 78 in the second round as he made just one birdie. However, despite the difficult round, the freshman is still the Eagles’ low man through 36 holes (151) and is tied for 19th overall.
Lone senior Matt Cote (Palm Harbor, Fla./Palm Harbor University HS) improved his second-round score by four strokes from his opening round as he finished with a 78 and now has a two-day total of 160. Cote had two birdies and two bogeys, but three double bogeys – all in his first eight holes – prevented the No. 2 player in Jensen’s lineup from going low.
Sophomore Jake Sherwin (Fort Myers, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) finished with an 81 in the second round and has a two-day 159 total, while junior Jack Hernandez (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) turned in an 86 and has a 167 total through 36 holes.
The Legends Course at Chateau Elan, which is hosting the A-Sun Championship for the fifth-straight year and sixth time in the last seven seasons, played extremely difficult again as for the second-straight day only one hole played under par. That hole on Monday was the par-5 14th, and it barely played under par at just -0.02. On Sunday, the short, 344-yard par-4 16th was the only hole which came in under par with an average of -0.14. Scoring was slightly better on Monday as the 50 competitors averaged a 76.46, but the course is still playing to an average score of 76.63 through the first two rounds.
FGCU will be paired with Northern Kentucky and Stetson for the second-straight day during Tuesday’s final round, and the Eagles’ lineup will begin action in nine-minute increments off the 10th tee between 8:45-9:21 a.m. Live scoring will be posted on Golfstat.com or by following the link at the top of this release, and updates will be available on Twitter @FGCU_MGolf.
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FGCU Player Results
T19) Keaton Jones (73-78: 151)
T27) Blake Biggs (80-74: 154)
T41) Jake Sherwin (78-81: 159)
T43) Matt Cote (82-78: 160)
49) Jack Hernandez (81-86: 167)
Atlantic Sun Championship Field (Golfstat Rankings)
1) #33 Mercer (290-291: 581)
2) #40 Kennesaw State (288-295: 583)
T3) #53 North Florida (295-297: 592)
T3) #58 ETSU (299-293: 592)
5) #182 Jacksonville (304-299: 603)
6) #186 Lipscomb (307-308: 615)
7) #98 USC Upstate (311-305: 616)
8) #238 Northern Kentucky (312-307: 619)
9) #111 FGCU (312-311: 623)
10) #217 Stetson (318-308: 626)