The Stetson men’s golf team did not have the finish to the fall season they had hoped for, finishing a disappointing eighth at the Stetson/CFSC Invitational at Victoria Hills Golf Club.
While the Hatters were out of contention for the tournament title going into Tuesday’s final round, the team showed some toughness by posting their best round of the event with a 306.
“From a tournament standpoint, I was disappointed in our team,” Hatters coach Bob Weickel said. “I thought we would do better and be in better contention, but I didn’t expect that they would be able to compete with some of the other teams that have more experience than we have.”
The top teams in the field battled right to the finish, including a three-way playoff for top individual honors. UCF wound up taking both trophies home, ending Florida Gulf Coast’s three-year rein in at Victoria Hills, downing the Eagles by three shots, 870-873.
Bethune-Cookman was also in the hunt on Tuesday, finishing third, eight shots behind the Knights.
“I thought UCF would be the winner, and they played extremely well today,” Weickel said. “We had nice conditions, wonderful golf conditions for the last two days. The tournament ran well.”
UCF was led by Ricardo Gouveia, who posted a 71 on Tuesday to finish in a three-way tie with Adam Goins of USC Upstate and Leon Fricker of B-CU, all at two-under par 214. Gouveia took home medalist honors in a playoff.
Freshman Dustin Dingus (Palm Harbor, Fla.) again led the Hatters, finishing tied for 11th with a five-over par score of 221.
“I thought Dustin played very well again, and I am really excited for him,” Weickel said. “He could have been even lower, but he had a double bogey on the first hole, which was his 10th, that took him from two under to even.”
Freshman David Torres (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), who was playing in his first collegiate event, struggled some in the final round and slipped into a tie for 21st in the standings after shooting a seven-over par 79 on Tuesday.
“From the standpoint of having his first chance to play against college competition, I thought David Torres played well,” Weickel said. “It was good for him.”
The other Hatters had mixed results on Tuesday. Sophomore Matt Taylor (Naples, Fla.) had his best round of the event with a 76 and finished tied for 37th. Freshman Andrew Peterson (Andover, Minn.) also bounced back with better play in the final round, posting a 77 to tie for 42nd.
Junior Tyler White (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and freshman Michael Primavera (Naples, Fla.) both finished with final round scores of 80. Primavera tied for 35th in the tournament and White finished 41st.
Having played four tournaments over the last three weeks, the Hatters must now turn their attention back to school work.
“Now, it is time for them to study,” Weickel said. “They will have the opportunity to come and play some on their own, but we won’t have anything organized again until January.”