FGCU Takes Aim at Two-Day St. Mary’s Invitational for Third Straight Year
Sunday, September 23, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)

SEASIDE, Calif. – The FGCU men’s golf team will make the trip out west for the third straight year to take part in the two-day St. Mary’s Invitational on Monday and Tuesday at Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Courses.

The 15-team field that includes five top 100 teams in the June Golf Week rankings, highlighted by No. 7 Oregon and No. 35 host St. Mary’s, will play 36 holes on Monday starting with an 11 a.m. ET shotgun start on the 7,104-yard Bayonet Golf Course. Monday’s afternoon round will be played on the 7,024-yard Blackhorse Golf Course.

FGCU will play the opening day alongside Loyola Marymount and UC Irvine. Live scoring of the entire tournament is available at www.GOLFSTAT.com or www.FGCUATHLETICS.com.

The Green and Blue will sport the same five-man lineup they took to last weekend’s Golf Week Conference Challenge in Burlington, Iowa. Freshmen Edward Figueroa (Naples, Fla./St. John Neumann) and Jake Sherwin (Fort Myers, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) will occupy spots No. 1 and No. 2 in the lineup, while senior Jeremy Self (Tupelo, Miss./Tupelo HS) will occupy the No. 3 slot, junior Mathias Boesmans (Belgium/Western Texas College) and sophomore Jack Hernandez (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) round out the rotation.

Figueroa led the way for the Eagles last weekend at his first collegiate tournament, finishing in a tie for 13th overall in a 75-player field that included six teams that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Figueroa turned in the low round of the tournament with a two-under 70 in the opening 18 holes and was joined by fellow newcomers Sherwin and Boesmans with counting scores in all three rounds.

For the second straight week, FGCU allowed fans to vote on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FGCUAthletics) and Instagram (@FGCUAthletics) on which Nike golf gear the team should wear the opening day. After nearly 150 votes were cast over the two social media outlets, the Eagles will be garnering emerald green pants with a white and green striped polo on Monday.

Edward Figueroa, Fr.
Jake Sherwin, Fr.
Jeremy Self, Sr.
Mathias Boesmans, Jr.
Jack Hernandez, So.

TOURNAMENT FIELD (June 2012 Golf Week Ranking)
St. Mary’s (35)
Cal Poly (152)
CSU Northridge (196)
FGCU (82)
Fresno State (143)
Kansas State (107)
Kentucky (77)
Loyola Marymount (113)
Oregon (7)
Sacramento State (84)
Samford (112)
San Francisco (52)
Santa Clara (203)
UC Irvine (127)
Western Carolina (183)