Published On: Sun, May 20th, 2012

Final Push for Men’s Golf Falls Short at NCAA Tournament

By: Chad Beattie

Conover, N.C. – Lynn University’s men’s golf season came to an end Wednesday following a ninth place finish at the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional Tournament.  Paul McPhee posted the lowest round for the Fighting Knights over the 54-hole event with a three-under par 69 at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

The sophomore from Perth, Scotland, recorded scores of 76-75 in the opening two rounds before concluding with a 220 total, one-stroke shy of tying his personal best.  Daniel Young continued his improvement throughout the tournament, shooting a 73 to close out play with a 228.  Ernesto Vitienes was second on the squad with a 223 while Roberto Francioni and Marcelo Rozo notched scores of 228 and 231, respectively.

Lynn began play two strokes back but unkind weather delayed the start of its round and later caused problems for much of the day.  The Fighting Knights shot 300 and finished the tournament with an 886, 17 shots back of winner Georgia College & State.  Sunshine State Conference schools Barry (870) and Nova Southeastern (872) placed second and third while UNC Pembroke (876) and South Carolina-Aiken (880) rounded out the top-five.

The top-five teams and the top-two student-athletes not with a team from advanced to the finals May 15-19, at The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky., as part of the 2012 Division II Spring Championships Festival.

Lynn had a successful 2011-12 season, winning two tournaments and finishing in the top-five in 11 of the 12 tournaments it participated in.  The Fighting Knights return four starters for 2012-13, including All-SSC First Team selection Daniel Young.

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