TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ignited by three birdies in his first four holes and an eagle on the par-5, 532-yard 18th hole to close out his first NCAA Championship round, FGCU freshman Edward Figueroa (Naples, Fla./St. John Neumann) carded a four-under 68 at Golden Eagle Golf & Country Club on Thursday to sit in a tie for sixth at the Tallahassee Regional.
Figueroa matched his three-under start over the first four holes by playing his final four of the day at three-under, finishing the day with six birdies. He sits three strokes back of the overall leader MJ Magurie of fellow A-Sun member UNF who shot seven-under 65 to lead the Ospreys to an opening round 16-under 272, which is good for first.
“I thought Eddie played great today,” said head coach Brent Jensen. “He swung it very well all day and if it wasn’t for a couple bad breaks he could have posted a real low number. The conditions were ideal and he took advantage of that which sets him up well for the next two rounds.”
The A-Sun Freshman of the Year, Figueroa is tied for third among the individuals not on teams in the advancing top five spots, sitting one stroke back. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championships.
Figueroa’s eighth under-par round of the season saw the Naples, Fla. native finish four-under on the par 5s, which is tied for the lead in the 75-player field. He opened the round with a 35 on the front and his strong finish led to a three-under 33 on the par-72, 6,965-yard course’s back nine. Overall, he hit 12 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens and had just 27 putts.
The Tallahassee Regional is made up of 13 teams and 10 individuals. A total of 50 players will be competing for the one individual spot after the five advancing teams’ players are factored out.
Figueroa is one of three A-Sun individuals participating in the Tallahassee Regional. Mercer’s Hans Reimers sits in a tie for 20th after a two-under 70, while teammate Trey Rule is tied for 41st with a one-over 73.
Figueroa’s second round will begin on Friday at 10:20 a.m. when he goes off the 10th hole. Fans can follow the action live on www.GOLFSTAT.com or by logging on to www.FGCUATHLETICS.com and finding the live stats link on the men’s golf schedule.