LAKELAND, Fla.—The #1-ranked Barry University men’s golf team led after the first round of the Matlock Invitational, but finished in third on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bucs put up an 867 (279-292-296), finishing four strokes off leader Georgia College and three strokes behind second-place finisher Florida Southern.
The Bucs led after the first two rounds with a 571 (279-292), five strokes ahead of Florida Southern (576), and eight strokes ahead of Georgia College (579).
Victor Billskoog led the Buccaneers with a 214 (65-71-78). His first round 65 (-7) tied a tournament record and set a school mark. Billskoog is the fourth golfer to shoot a 7-under 65 in the first round of the Matlock. Billskoog tied for 5th overall.
Daniel Stapff 217 (72-71-74) finished three strokes behind Billskoog, tied for 7th overall.
Both Carlos Velez (70-75-74) and Guillermo Pumarol (72-75-72) finished with a 3-over 219, finishing tied for 10th overall.
Chris Carlin rounded out the Buccaneer finishers with a 224 (73-75-76). Carlin tied for 24th overall.
The Bucs return to action on Monday, March 1 when they travel to San Bernadino, CA to compete in the Coyote Classic.
Men's Golf Sits In First Place After One Round At Matlock
LAKELAND, Fla.—The top-ranked Barry men’s golf team got the spring season started in spectacular fashion with a first round 279 at the Matlock Invitational hosted by Florida Southern at Lone Palm Country Club on Monday. The low temperatures in Lakeland kept the second round from finishing, but the Bucs’ 10-stroke lead over West Florida is the largest first-round lead in the 29-year history of the tournament.
The Bucs are followed in the 15-team field by West Florida (289) in second place, third-ranked Georgia College (291) in third, Florida Tech (293) in fourth and Delta State and sixth-ranked Lynn tied for fifth (294).
The Bucs' 279 is the lowest round in the tournament since Alabama fired an 11-under 277 in 1999.
The Bucs’ Victor Billskoog tied the tournament record and set a school mark with a first-round 65 (-7). Billskoog is the fourth golfer to shoot a 7-under 65 in the first round of the Matlock. Jan Are Larsen of Alabama was the last one to turn the trick in 1999. The others were Billy Andrade of Wake Forest in 1983, and Jack Nicklaus, Jr., of North Carolina in 1985. Andrade is currently on the PGA Tour.
Backing up Billskoog, Carlos Velez fired a two-under-par 70 to finish tied for fifth, while Guillermo Pumerol and Daniel Stapff are tied for 13th at even par (72). Chris Carlin rounds out the Bucs’ scores with a 73 on the first round.
The second round, which started today, and third round will be played tomorrow.