The Hatters struggled in the opening round at The Surf Golf and Beach Club, posting a 304, before closing with rounds of 297 and 296. Stetson finished just one shot behind George Mason and three back of Northeastern State.
Nationally-ranked Campbell edged Gardner-Webb by one shot for the overall team title. The Camels posted scores of 291-285-285 to finish at nine-over par as a team.
Campbell’s Vaita Guillaume and Xavier’s Sebastian MacLean tied for top individual honors. Both players finished at seven-under par 206 for the event, but MacLean took top honors based on his final round score of 66, which was the low round for the tournament.
Stetson senior Sam Ryder turned in his best round of the event in the final round, carding a two-under par 70 to move into a tie for 10th place at five-over par.
Two other Stetson seniors, Micah Jacobsen and Andrew Schiano, finished tied for 40th at 11-over par 224. Sophomore Tyler White finished tied for 74th at 21-over par and sophomore Matt Taylor tied for 79th at 22-over par.
The men will play a dual match against the University of Louisville on Saturday in Sorrento, Fla. The Hatters will then return to tournament play on Monday at the UCF Rio Pinar Invitational in Orlando.
The field for the Rio Pinar includes a trio of nationally-ranked teams: UCF (18), Wichita State (37) and Campbell (66). Others in the field include Akron, Cleveland State, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, George Mason, Houston Baptist, Loyola (Md.), Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Seton Hall and Western Illinois.
Play in the event will include 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday.