BRASELTON, Ga. – The Stetson men’s golf team bounced back on Tuesday with its best round of play, but finished 10th in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship tournament.
The Hatters posted a final round score of 308 and finished the tournament with a score of 938, eight shots behind Northern Kentucky for ninth place.
North Florida captured its second-straight championship and swept the championship awards, shooting 291 in the final round as MJ Maguire became the program's first A-Sun Medalist at The Legends Course of Chateau Elan.
The Ospreys’ final round total capped a dominating performance that saw the team place three players in the top-five individuals, highlighted by Maguire’s individual medalist performance. North Florida’s 291 came in conjunction with scores of 289 and 301 on Sunday and Monday to outpace second-place ETSU by 14 strokes.
The 14-stroke buffer was the largest margin of victory in the tournament since 2007, while Maguire’s individual title was the program’s first. It was also the first time since 2002-03 that a team repeated as A-Sun Champion. Jacksonville State was the last to do so.
ETSU’s finish marked the team’s second-straight season with runner-up honors. Kennesaw State (897) placed third on the heels of a final round 306 while Jacksonville (911) and Mercer (918) both shot 298 in the final round.
Florida Gulf Coast (924) took sixth while USC Upstate (926), Lipscomb (929), Northern Kentucky (930) and Stetson (938) rounded out the field.
The Hatters were led by freshman Andrew Peterson, who turned in a round of 78 on Tuesday to finish tied for 25th overall at 17 over par 233. Another freshman, Dustin Dingus, finished one shot further back, in a tie for 28th place, after his final round score of 78.
Sophomore Matt Taylor finished tied for 35th (237) after posting the Hatters’ best individual round of the tournament with a 73 on Tuesday. Junior Tyler White (241) tied for 42nd and freshman Michael Primavera (247) finished 49th.
Maguire posted the tournament’s low round of 68 (-4) on Tuesday, catapulting him from a tie for third place to the individual medalist position. His Tuesday effort pushed his tournament total to 215 and helped him withstand championship bids from ETSU’s Rhys Pugh and Scott Gibson, who placed second and third with scores of 216 and 218, respectively.
UNF’s Joey Petronio carded an even-par 72 on Tuesday and to place fourth at 220 while his teammate Kevin Phelan used 75 strokes in the final round and placed fifth at 221.
A balanced event saw seven of the 10 participating teams place an individual inside the top-10. Jacksonville’s Jamey Salmon and Florida Gulf Coast’s Edward Figueroa tied for sixth at 222, Kennesaw State’s Austin Vick placed eighth at 224, and USC Upstate’s Adam Goins and Mercer’s Hans Reimers tied for ninth at 226.
Seven teams out of the 10-team field – ETSU, Jacksonville, Mercer, FGCU, USC Upstate, Lipscomb and Stetson – also posted their best team totals in the final round.
2013 A-Sun Men's Golf All-Tournament Team
MJ Maguire, North Florida (215, -1) - medalist
Rhys Pugh, ETSU (217)
Scott Gibson, ETSU (218)
Joey Petronio, North Florida (220)
Kevin Phelan, North Florida (221)