Harmony, Fla. – Stetson’s men’s golf team bounced back on Tuesday in the final round of the Harmony Golf Preserve Intercollegiate, but was unable to make up ground on tournament leaders to finish fourth in the five-team tournament.
The Hatters opened the event on Monday with a one-over par 289 in the first round, but slipped to 297 in the second round to fall behind Florida Atlantic for third place. Stetson finished on Tuesday with a 291, but FAU was able to hold the Hatters off by completing play with a 289.
Florida Gulf Coast charged from five shots off the lead in the final round to rally for a tie with Northwood University. The Eagles posted a tournament best seven-under par score of 281 on Tuesday to share the tournament title.
FAU’s Derron Peyton turned in a third consecutive strong performance – he posted scores of 71, 68 and 68 – to hold off Louis Hirst of Northwood for individual honors. Peyton finished the event with a nine-under par score of 207. Hirst was two shots back.
Stetson sophomore David Torres earned his second consecutive top 10 finish, closing with a one-over par score of 73 on Tuesday to finish the event with an even par score of 216. Fellow sophomore Dustin Dingus finished with an even par 72 on Tuesday to tie for eighth place, two shots behind his teammate.
Freshman Eliott Azoulay had his best finish of the year, earning a tie for 15th thanks to his final round score of 73. His eight-over par score of 224 put him in a group of four players.
Sophomore Andrew Peterson was one shot behind Azoulay, in a tie for 19th place, after finishing at nine-over par 225.
Junior co-captain Matt Taylor bounced back from a tough second round to post his second 73 of the event on Tuesday. He finished the tournament at 12-over par 228 in 24th place.
Freshman Zach Stark closed with a 76 in the final round to finish 27th.
The Hatters will close a busy week on Friday when they face Loyola-Chicago in a match-play competition at Red Tail Golf Club in Sorrento. All 11 members of the Stetson team are expected to compete in that event. Live scoring will not be available.