Men's Golf Shares Lead at SSC Championships

DADE CITY, Fla. – Barry University men’s golf team is tied for the lead after one round of the Sunshine State Conference Championships Sunday.

The No. 1-ranked Buccaneers share the lead with Lynn after both shot 282 in the first round on the par-72, 7,072-yard Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club course. Saint Leo is third, two strokes behind the leaders. Nova Southeastern is fourth at 293, and Florida Tech fifth at 294 in the nine-team, 45-player field.

Barry’s Berry Jole is tied for the lead after shooting 4-under 68. Saint Leo’s Ryan Gendron and Lynn’s Elliott Whitley also are atop the leaderboard. Barry’s Adam Svensson is fourth, following his 2-under 70 Sunday. Bucs teammate Jared Dalga is in an eight-way tie for fifth at 1-under 71.

Barry’s Mario Beltran shot 1-over 73, and is tied for 17th. Scott Smyers is 34th after shooting 77.

Jole was 3-over at the turn, following a birdie on  the par-5, 534-yard ninth. But he strung together two more straight birdies on his way to shooting a blistering 7-under on the back nine. Jole had five birdies and an eagle on the back nine. His eagle came on the par-5, 562-yard 13th.

Svensson had four birdies and two bogeys. He birdied the 420-yard, par-4 eighth before sinking another birdie putt on 9. Dalga had three birdies and double-bogey. Two of his birdies came on the two par-5s on the front nine, and the other on the 420-yard 15th.

Beltran had an eagle, two birdies and five bogeys. He eagled No. 8, and birdied two par-5s. Smyers had three birdies, four bogeys and two doubles. Like Dalga, he birdied both of the par-5s on the front, and had another on the 362-yard, par-4 17th.

The Bucs will tee off in Monday’s final pairings, beginning at 9:55 a.m. The tournament runs through Tuesday.  

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