Chocolate Kisses for All; Men’s Golf Headed to Hershey
Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla. – Sitting in the lower half of the field at the turn, Lynn University’s men’s golf seniors stepped up and carried the team to a fifth place finish and a spot in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship field. Senior Daniel Young tied a tournament-low with a 68 while also tying a program-record with his 16th career top-10 finish.
This will be the Fighting Knights sixth appearance in the national championship and first since finishing as the national runner-up in 2011. Lynn’s previous appearances include ninth place finishes in 2010 and 2009, placing fourth in 2006 and eighth in 2005.
Lynn teed-off at the No. 1 hole and had to tackle the more difficult front nine compared to half the field, which started on the No. 10 hole. The Blue & White shot six-over par as a team on the 6,928-yard, par 72 El Campeon Course of Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort and at the 12th hole sat in 10th place.
Seniors Roberto Francioni, Filip Timmerman and Young carried LU back into contention by combining to shoot seven-under par over the next seven holes to pull the Fighting Knights into a tie for sixth place. Young birdied No. 10, drained a 15-footer for eagle on the par 5 No. 14 and then birdied No. 17. His 68 pushed his three-day total to an even-par 216 total and sole possession of sixth place.
Francioni struggled through the first nine holes, logging three bogeys and a double but knocked down par after par on the back and then hit eagle on No. 14 to bring himself back to two-under par. The senior put his second shot 10-feet away from the cup and then drained his putt from right to left to close the gap. He finished with a 75 total.
Timmerman recovered from a disastrous second round to shoot a one-over par 73. He bogeyed the opening hole and then recorded 11 consecutive pars before posting birdies on two of the next three holes to go one-under.
Jose Andres Miranda and Ernesto Vitienes played near mistake-free golf over the final six holes to help LU stay within the top-seven. The duo combined to shoot 2-over with 10 pars and a birdie in heading to the clubhouse with identical 75s.
The top-seven schools of the 20-team NCAA South/Southeast Region Tournament field qualify for the national championship held in Hershey, Pa., from May 20-24. Top-ranked Nova Southeastern (855) claimed top honors followed by Barry (871), Columbus State and Florida Southern (887), Lynn (889), West Florida (890) and South Carolina-Aiken (891). Barton College just missed the cut at 892 while Georgia College & State fell from third place at the start of the day to ninth.
The Fighting Knights will begin play at the Hershey Country Club on Monday, May 19. Fans can stay connected throughout the national championship with live stats at LynnFightingKnights.com and with in-match updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.