(words from UWF Athletics Site)
The No. 12 West Florida men’s golf team held its lead in the final round of the Argonaut Invitational Tuesday at Pensacola Country Club to place first at 16-under par. The Argonauts had three players finish in the top five, and the tournament win was the third for the team this season.
UWF (285-280-283 - 848) ran away with the win, finishing 18 shots ahead of second place and No. 14 ranked North Alabama (278-296-292 - 866). The Argos also topped two nationally ranked teams in No. 2 Lynn (290-291-290 - 871) and No. 22 Missouri St. Louis (304-286-294 - 884). Midwestern State (286-282-300 - 868) placed third in the tournament, finishing two strokes behind North Alabama.
“It means a lot to come home and get a victory here at Pensacola Country Club,” said UWF head coach Steve Fell. “To win by 18 shots was impressive. Hopefully we can carry this over to the postseason.”
The top three for UWF included Ebesteban Castro (Bogotá, Colombia/IMG Academy) in second, Talin Rajendranath (San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago/Naparima) in fourth and Juan Miguel Heredia (Cuenca, Ecuador/Jacksonville State) in fifth.
Castro had the best score in Tuesday’s final round, carding 69 to finish 5-under (72-70-69 - 211) for the tournament. The score of 69 matched the best of his freshman season. Rajendranath finished a solid tournament performance with a 71 on Tuesday to finish one stroke behind Castro at 4-under (73-68-71 - 212). Heredia was one stroke behind Rajendranath for the tournament at 3-under par (71-69-73 - 213).
JR Schultz had the best round of his freshman season on Tuesday, carding 70 to finish the tournament tied for 13th at 1-over par (74-73-70 - 217). He edged teammate Gary Buffington (Tampa, Fla./Chamberlain HS) who placed 16th at 2-over par (69-74-75 - 218).
The trio of Argonauts competing as individuals also put in solid performances on Tuesday. Freshman Joey Stills posted the best round of his college career, carding 71 to finish 29th at 7-over par (77-75-71 - 223). Kyle Lucas (Johannesburg, South Africa/Western Texas College) shot a 77 to finish 10-over (78-71-77 - 226), and Carlos Bown (Caracas, Venezuela/Minerva HS) scored a 75 to finish 13-over (81-73-75 - 229).