Men’s Golf Finishes as National Runner-Up
Hershey, Pa. – For the second time in three years, Lynn University’s men’s golf team finished the season as the NCAA Division II National Runner-Up. The Fighting Knights tied Barry 2-2-1 in match play but fell 399-403 in the aggregate score.
With 20-30 mile per hour winds howling around the Hershey Country Club scores were very high on both sides. The lowest score for both teams came at the fifth position where Roberto Francioni fell 75-77 in what would turn out to be the deciding match.
Lynn led 2-1-1 heading into hole No. 17 as both Francioni and his opponent, Adam Svensson, knocked drives down the middle of the fairway. Each player reached the green for birdie putts but Francioni’s par look rolled just left of the hole to put him down a stroke. A wayward shot off the tee was salvaged with a great approach shot but Svensson was able to make an easy tap-in while Francioni’s 20-foot putt to tie the match missed its mark to give Barry the title.
Freshman Jose Andres Miranda led off for the Fighting Knights and did not disappoint, grabbing a two-stroke lead at the turn after Marcus Segerstrom bogeyed and doubled the 10th and 12th holes. Unfortunately, Miranda bogeyed on holes 14 and 16 to even the match but came through with consecutive 15-foot par putts on 17 and 18 to earn a draw of 78s for each player.
Daniel Young then put the Blue & White up 1-0-1 with an 80-84 victory over Scott Smyers at the No. 2 position. Young won all three of his matches during the tournament and finishes his career as the most decorated golfer in program history after being the only three-time All-American selection while also holding school records for top-10 finishes (17) and scoring average (72.76).
Lynn’s final point came from Filip Timmerman. The senior from Santiago, Chile, went back and forth with Jared Dalga until Dalga started to fall apart when his tee shot on the 15th hole sailed into the water. Barry’s golfer would finish bogey, double and double to help Timmerman grab a four-stroke lead. Lynn would end up with its second point with an 81-83 win.
Barry’s first point came from Simon Forsslund as he defeated Ernesto Vitienes 79-87. Vitienes had previously won both of his match-play events in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
This marked the 41st national championship appearance for Lynn University and third for the 2012-13 athletic year. The Fighting Knights claimed their 20th national title in December with men’s soccer and won the 21st in school history following the women’s golf team winning May 18.
Lynn returns two starters, Miranda and Vitienes, off this year’s national runner-up squad and six additional letterwinners for next season.