MIAMI, Fla. – In the fourth annual Buccaneer Invitational, the Barry University men’s golf team managed to pull off a feat that has eluded it for the past three years. Finally, in its fourth year, the Buccaneers (+1) claimed the team championship in their own tournament finishing with a one-over-par team score of 865 (286-290-289) on the 6,786 yard, par-72 Westview Country Club course on Tuesday afternoon.
The Buccaneers were in the lead after each round of the tournament firing a team low 286 in the opening round. Leading by one stroke ahead of Sunshine State Conference rival Lynn after the first day, the Bucs remained consistent in the final round shooting a score of 289 to claim the team championship over the 13-team field.
Columbus State (+3) moved up from their third place spot after the first two rounds behind the superb play of Andrew Georgiou (-5) to finish second, while Nova Southeastern (+7) finished third. Johnson & Wales (+12) and Lynn (+14) rounded out the top five teams.
Playing as an individual, Barry’s Preston Roberts (-3) finished T2 after carding a final round four-under-par 68. He finished the tournament with a three-round score of 213 (72-73-68).
Those contributing to the overall Barry team score were paced by the efforts of Carlos Velez (E). Velez finished T8 out of a field of 78 individuals with a third-round two-under-par 70 and he finished with a three-round total of 216. Chris Carlin (+1) finished one-over-par with a score of 217 and in 11th place, while Victor Billskoog (+2) finished one stroke back T12. Sebastian Pinzon (+4) finished T18, while Michael Rafalowicz (+5) rounded out the Bucs’ team score T25.
Other Buccaneers competing as individuals were Guillermo Pumarol (+4) who finished T18, while Juan Perello (+6) finished T30. Rounding out the Barry individual competitors were Matt Jonah (+8) and Chris Davis (+14) who finished T40 and T60 respectively.
Columbus State’s Georgiou (-5) fired two rounds under par to claim the individual medalist honors while leading his team to a second-place finish. He finished with a three-round score of 211 (72-71-68) to lead the field of individuals.
The Buccaneers will return to action Apr. 14-15 at the Sunshine State Conference tournament hosted by Florida Tech at the Duran Golf Club in Melbourne, Fla.
Rounds 1 & 2
MIAMI, Fla. – Sebastian Pinzon and Chris Carlin both finished at even par to help lead the Barry University men’s golf team to a two-stroke lead after the first two rounds at the Buccaneer Invitational on Monday. The Buccaneers were the only team to match par over two rounds firing a score of 576 (286-290) on the 6,786 yard, par-72 Westview Country Club course.
Despite spots of rain and 26-MPH gusts of wind, low scores continued to pour in throughout the day. However, the one hour rain delay pushed the morning tee time back to 9 am, but the Buccaneers were not phased firing a two-under-par 286 in the opening round. The Bucs followed up in the second round with a score of 290 and currently lead the 13-team field by two strokes with one round to play.
All top five teams shot under par in at least one of the two opening rounds and are separated by just six strokes. Lynn (+2) is currently second with a two-round score of 578. Nova Southeastern (+4) and Columbus State (+4) are currently tied for third, while Johnson & Wales (+6) rounded out the top five with a score of 580.
Barry’s Pinzon (E) and Carlin (E) finished with even-par scores of 144 after two rounds to pace the Buccaneer efforts and finished T7 out of a field of 79 individuals. Pinzon fired a score of four-under-par 68 to open the tournament, but a second round 76 caused him to drop five spots. Carlin carded a first-round 75, but shot three-under 69 in the second.
Victor Billskoog (+1) finished T12, while Carlos Velez (+2) finished T17. Michael Rafalowicz (+4) rounded out the Buccaneer team scores T31. Both Pinzon and Velez also led the entire 79-member field in par-four scoring averaging 3.95 strokes per each par-four hole.
Five individuals also saw time in the field for Barry, which was led by Preston Roberts (+1) who finished T12 with a two-round score of 145. Guillermo Pumarol (+3) finished T23, while Chris Davis (+4) and Matt Jonah (+4) finished T31 with Rafalowicz as individuals. Juan Perello (+6) rounded out the Buccaneer individuals T44.
A last minute illness led to Lynn’s Patricio Salem slotting in as a replacement and it paid dividends for the Fighting Knights. In the opening round, Salem fired a tournament low eight-under-par 64 to lead the field. Despite a second round two-over-par 74, he continues to lead the field by two strokes with a six-under-par score of 138.
The final round of the tournament will conclude with a 7:45 am shotgun start on Tuesday, Apr. 1.