Men's Golf Finishes 8th at Matlock

Chris Carlin finished tied for 16th out of 75 at six-over-par to pace the Buccaneers for spring opener. Photo by: Joel Auerbach
Rounds 2 & 3
LAKELAND, Fla. – After finishing the first day of the Matlock Collegiate Classic in a three-way tie for fifth place, the Barry University men’s golf team finished the tournament in a two-way tie for eighth out of 15 teams. The Buccaneers finished with a three round score of 902 (+38) on the 7,065 yard, par 72 Lone Palm Country Club course on Tuesday afternoon.
 
First day delays prevented teams from completing second round play on day one, but an early 7 am tee off on Tuesday allowed golfers time to finish their remaining holes for round two and an 18-hole third round.
 
Host Florida Southern (+6) finished at the tournament champion with a three-round score of 870, while West Florida (+10) finished second with a score of 874. First day leader Georgia College and State University (+16) dropped two spots after the first round and finished third with an 880 three-round score. Sunshine State Conference schools Lynn (+17) and Nova Southeastern (+18) finished just one stroke apart to place fourth and fifth respectively.
 
Despite hitting 40 birdies in 54 holes, Barry (299-305-298=902) finished tied for eighth place with SSC member Eckerd (+38).
 
Freshman Chris Carlin (+6) finished tied for 16th out of 75 individuals to finish as the Bucs’ top golfer. Carlin fired a three-round score of 222 (74-73-75), while fellow freshman Michael Rafalowicz (+9) finished T22 with a three-round score of 225.
 
After a first day finish in third place, Victor Billskoog (+11) dropped 29 spots to finish in the middle of the pack at T32, while Matt Jonah (+16) finished T55. Carlos Velez (+19) rounded out the Buccaneer five T62.
 
West Florida’s Matthew Galloway (-6) held on to win the individual medalist title. With only one round over par, he fired a three-round score of 210 (67-73-70).
 
The Buccaneers will return to action on Monday, Feb. 18 for a 54-hole tournament at the St. Edward’s Invitational in Austin, Texas. Last season, the Buccaneers finished second out of 15 teams led by Hernan Borja who was the tournament’s individual medalist. Nick Gillaspy finished second.
 
 
Round 1
LAKELAND, Fla. – The Barry University men’s golf team finished the first round of the Matlock Collegiate Classic in a three-way tie for fifth out of 15 teams with fellow conference schools Lynn and Nova Southeastern. The Buccaneers fired an opening round score of 299 on the 7,065 yard, par 72 Lone Palm Country Club course Monday afternoon.
 
With an 8 am tee off on Monday morning, the tournament faced a two-hour delay because of the previous night’s frost. Play resumed at 10 am once the links were thawed, but the golfers still had to contend the high winds throughout the day.
 
Georgia College and State University finished the first round of play as the tournament leader with a two-over-par score 290. West Florida (+4) finished two strokes back in second place with a 292 score, while host Florida Southern (+6) finished third. Clayton State was the lone team in fourth place at +10, while Nova Southeastern (+11) and Lynn (+11) tied with Barry to round out the top five teams.
 
Weather conditions appeared not to faze Barry’s Victor Billskoog (-1) as he exploded in his first outing of the spring dropping four birdies including back-to-back birdies at the turn. He finished first round in tied for third place out of 75 individuals with a one-under-par score of 71.
 
Newcomers Chris Carlin (+2) and Michael Rafalowicz (+5) finished tied for 14th and 37th respectively with opening round scores of 74 and 77. Matt Jonah also finished tied for 37th with an opening round 77. Carlos Velez (+9) rounded the Buccaneer individuals tied for 62nd.
 
West Florida’s Matthew Galloway (-5) fired the tournament’s low score in the opening round. His first-round 67 paces the field.
 
Because of the early weather delays, round two of the tournament was scheduled to tee off at approximately 3:30 pm on Monday afternoon. Players will continue to play until sundown at which time play will be suspended until Tuesday morning. Teams will complete round two play in the morning followed immediately by round three pending weather conditions.

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