Self Leads FGCU in Second Round of GolfWeek Conference Challenge
Monday, September 17, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)
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Self carded a one-under par 71 in Monday's second round.
Self carded a one-under par 71 in Monday's second round.

BURLINGTON, Iowa – FGCU men’s golf senior Jeremy Self (Tupelo, Miss./Tupelo HS) showed his veteran leadership in Monday’s second round at the GolfWeek Conference Challenge, shooting a one-under par 71 to lead a six-stroke team improvement from Sunday for the Eagles at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.

Self’s one-under par 71 came on the heels of an opening round 82, as he was the key component of FGCU’s improvement from a 306 on Sunday to a four-man 300 on Monday. The Eagles are currently in 13th place in the 15-team field that features 13 teams ranked in the June 2012 GolfWeek Top 100.

Missouri (286-286/572) entered the day with a three-stroke lead and finished the second round with the same lead, but this time holding it over Wake Forest (294-281/575). Missouri put together its second straight two-under par 286, while the Demon Deacons made a jump from fifth to second place with a seven-under 281. Tulsa (293-287/580), Ball State (289-292/581) and Central Arkansas (302-280/582) round out the top five.

Self’s 71 moved him up 11 spots in the individual standings into a tie 54th overall. The Tupelo, Miss. product carded 13 pars, three birdies and two bogeys. Through the opening two rounds, Self has played the par 5s at two-under with two birdies and six pars.

“I’m proud of Jeremy for bouncing back today in a big way and I’m proud of our freshmen for stepping up in both rounds so far,” said head coach Brent Jensen. “I believe we are a much better team than we have shown so far, but we need to have everyone step up an show that on Tuesday.”

Freshmen Edward Figueroa (Naples, Fla./St. John Neumann) and Jake Sherwin (Fort Myers, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) continued strong showings in their first collegiate tournament with counting scores of 75 and 76, respectively. Figueroa was FGCU’s low man on Sunday when he shot a two-under 70, one of just eight under-par rounds on the opening day compared to 20 on Monday. The Naples native did drop from a tie for fifth place into a tie for 13th overall in the 75-player field and is among the leaders in par 3 scoring (E) and total pars (23).

Sherwin is just four strokes out of the top 20 after a two-round scorecard of 74-76/150. After playing Sunday’s final 14 holes at one-under, Sherwin pared his opening four holes and ended his second round with a birdie on the par 4, 410-yard No. 9 hole, which has yielded just 11 birdies through the opening two days.

Junior Mathias Boesmans (Belgium/Western Texas College) turned in his second straight counting score, improving by three strokes with a 78. Boesmans is in a tie for 68th overall after rounds of 81 and 78.

FGCU will play alongside former Atlantic Sun member Campbell and Xavier during Tuesday’s final round that will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 p.m. The Eagles, Camels and Musketeers will begin their round on holes 15-18. Live stats of Tuesday’s final round can be found on www.GOLFSTAT.com or www.FGCUATHLETICS.com. Twitter updates are also available @FGCUEagles.

FGCU PARTICIPANTS
T-13. Edward Figueroa – 70(-2)-75/145
T-32. Jake Sherwin – 74-76/150
T-54. Jeremy Self – 82-71(-1)/153
T-68. Mathias Boesmans – 81-78/159
74. Jack Hernandez – 81-85/166\

TOURNAMENT STANDINGS (June 2012 Golf Week Ranking)
1. Missouri (66) – 286(-2)-286(-2)/572(-4)
2. Wake Forest (60) – 294-281(-7)/575(-1)
3. Tulsa (59) – 293-287(-1)/580
4. Ball State (103) – 289-292/581
5. Central Arkansas (78) – 302-280(-8)/582
6. Iowa (27) – 292-291/583
7. Jacksonville State (96) – 298-290/588
8. Louisiana-Lafayette (68) – 299-293/592
9. San Francisco (52) – 306-289/595
T-10. Long Beach State (41) – 303-293/596
T-10. San Jose State (65) – 306-290/596
12. Kansas (131) – 306-297/603
13. FGCU (82) – 306-300/606
14. Xavier (104) – 311-298/609
15. Campbell (74) – 310-308/618