Barry Men's Golf Wins St. Edward's Invitational

Barry Men's Golf Wins St. Edward's Invitational
The Bucs captured the St. Edward's Invitational for the first time. Photo by Joel Auerbach

AUSTIN, Texas -- In the weather-shortened St. Edward's Invitational, Barry University's No. 1-ranked men's golf team created history Tuesday.

The Buccaneers won the 36-hole tournament at Grey Rock Golf Club's 6,858-yard, par-72 course, matching a school-record 274 in the second round to beat Cal State Monterey Bay by 13 strokes. Barry and CSUMB shared the lead after Monday's first round, but a torrid second round allowed the Bucs to pull away in a landslide win with a 570 36-hole total.

It was Barry's first win at the tournament, and the Bucs third victory in the 2013-14 season -- the first of the spring. Western New Mexico finished third at 589.

Barry sophomore All-American Adam Svensson tied the school career record, winning his fourth tournament of the season. Svensson shot 10-under 69-65 -- 134 to win by eight strokes over Monterey Bay's Carr Vernon. Barry senior Scott Smyers and freshman Mario Beltran finished in a five-way tie for third at 1-over 145. Smyers shot 3-under 69 in the final round, and Beltran put up a 4-under 68.

Svensson's four tournament wins this season is the most ever in a single-season by a Buccaneer golfer. He had eight birdies and one bogey in the final round.

Beltran had five birdies in the second round, recovering nicely from an opening-round 5-over 77 to make up a nine-stroke differential in the two rounds. Smyers had five birdies and an eagle in the final round in his best finish of the season in the 16-team, 85-player field.

Barry junior Berry Jole finished tied for 13th after back-to-back 74s. He had five birdies Tuesday in . Senior Jared Dalga cut 10 strokes off his first-round total, finishing at even-par in the final round. Dalga sank four birdie putts in the second round.

The Buccaneers will compete in their second tournament during a three-week span next Monday and Tuesday at the Southeastern Collegiate at Kinderlou Forrest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga. Barry hosts the Buccaneer Invitational presented by Carrabba's Italian Grill Mar. 31-Apr. 1 at Miami Shores Country Club.