BOCA RATON, Fla. – Four of Lynn University's five starting men's golfers shot par or better and the team posted a seven-under par 281 to close out the first round of the FAU Spring Championship in second place. Toto Gana is tied for seventh and five shots back of the lead.
INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Standings: 2nd out of 19 teams
Location: Osprey Point Golf Course (Raven & Falcon) | Boca Raton, Fla.
History at Event: First appearance
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Lynn was one of six schools to shoot par or better in the first round. The Fighting Knights seven-under 281 was second only to Connecticut's 15-under par 273. Houston Baptist (282) is right behind Lynn with Georgetown (285) and Florida Gulf Coast (287) in fifth.
- Gana exchanged two bogeys and two birdies on the front nine before a flawless back nine carded him six pars and three birdies to end the round with a three-under 69.
- Manuel Torres had one bad hole the entire round as he was three-under through 12 holes but logged a double-bogey on the 15th hole to put him one-under. A birdie on his second to last hole brought him to a 70 for the round and a tie for 12th.
- Felix Kvarnstrom is tied with his teammate after an identical score of 70. He was one-over on the front nine but rallied to pair four birdies with one bogey.
- Jorge Villar began the day on a high note, knocking in an eagle on the par 5 first hole. A birdie on the firth hole had him three-under but the freshman shot four-over on the next eight holes until a birdie on the final hole gave him a 72 in the clubhouse.
- Bustos was the high score at just one-over par. He also eagled the first hole but a triple bogey and three bogeys, coupled with three birdies gave him the 73.
- The Blue and White enlisted four individuals for the tournament. Justin Wynen was the lowest among the four independent golfers with an even par 72. Ethan Dong made his debut with a one-over par 73 along with Tyrone Clarke while Tyler Carlson ended his day with a five-over 77.
BEYOND THE SCORECARD:
- Lynn was one of five schools with an eagle and one of three with multiple eagles. The Fighting Knights are second in par 5 scoring (-9), tied for second in par 3 scoring (+2), third in total birdies (19) and tied for fourth in par 4 scoring (+1).
- Gana is tied for third in par 4 scoring (-3) and Villar is tied for third in par 5 scoring (-3).
- Lynn is the only institution with three golfers carding an eagle.
- Lynn is the only NCAA Division II institution participating.
The Fighting Knights begin the second round starting with a noon tee time at the No. 10 hole. Fans can keep up with the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com.