Lake Worth, Fla. – The Stetson men’s golf team played with the kind of poise on Saturday that head coach Larry Watson has been looking for all spring.
The Hatters turned in their lowest round of the spring on the second day of the Slomin Autism Invitational, improving by 28 shots over their first round score. All five Stetson players played to within one shot of par, finishing with a two-over par score of 286.
That total included the low nine-hole score of the tournament has Stetson made the turn on Saturday at five-under par as a team.
“I am really proud of the way the guys came back and played today,” Watson said. “This is what we have been working toward all year. I have seen these guys play like this in practice all year, but it has been tough to translate that play into competition.”
The Hatters were led by freshman Zach Stark, who made the turn on Saturday at three under par 32. He was still at three under until a double bogey on the seventh hole. He finished with a one-under par 70.
Classmate Dirk Kuehler continues to lead the Hatters in the individual standings. His one-over par 72 on Saturday has him tied for 26th entering Sunday’s final round.
Senior Tyler White, who is playing as an individual, finished Saturday’s round with a 79, matching his score from Friday.
With the 28-shot improvement on Saturday, the Hatters (600) moved past Murray State (607) into 10th place in the tournament. Stetson is within two shots of Bethune-Cookman (598) for ninth entering the final round.
UCF took over the tournament lead from Georgia Southern by posting an 11-under par team score of 273. The Knights’ Ricardo Gouveia and Greg Eason both posted six-under par scores of 65 in the second round and stand first and second overall.
UCF has a two-day score of 558 and leads Georgia Southern by five shots entering Sunday’s final round. Middle Tennessee State (575) is third, followed by DePaul (578) and Jacksonville State (583).
Live scoring for Sunday’s final round of competition will be available on Golfstat.com.