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Eastern Florida Golfers Rally for Victory Over Florida Tech
Nov. 3, 2013 - Eastern Florida State College's golf team rallied after trailing in the first two days of the Collegiate Players Cup tournament against crosstown Florida Tech on Sunday to reclaim the trophy.
The tournament, an annual fall event between NJCAA Division I Eastern Florida and NCAA Division II Florida Tech was played at Suntree.
Tech needed just three points to retain the Cup but Eastern Florida won six of seven singles matches for a 9-6 victory.
The Panthers were off to a good start when Justin Kalanquin defeated EFSC's Brad Gray 5 and 4.
But the Titans went on a run and won six singles matches. Dalton Bartlett defeated David Glenister 3 and 2. EFSC's Lorenzo Bolivar defeated Andrew Wuethrich 2 and 1 and the Titans' Nick Maynard defeated FIT's Henrik Honkalehto 3 and 2 for a 6-6 tie.
EFSC's Kyle Benson defeated Brandon Lau 2 and 1 and the Titans Drew Cooke defeated the Panthers' Joe Ellis 4 and 3, Cooke's victory clinching the tournament.
Arthur Leonard defeated the Panthers' Ray Badenhorst 3 and 2 in the final match.
"Day three played out as advertised," EFSC head coach Jamie Howell said. "We got off to a very good start and we were able to keep the pressure on from the first hole.
"Suntree played very difficult in today's wind, 10 - 20 mph, and our guys did an excellent job adjusting to the conditions. Every opportunity to hole a key putt or make a pivotal greenside save was answered and that kept the momentum consistent all day. As all around a team effort as I have witnessed in a long time.
"This team has the ability to be a very special bunch. Days like today continue to confirm how important it is to work diligently with a plan and buy into the idea of how good can we be. With one event remaining on our fall schedule we have a short week to prepare for Central Alabama's fall tournament."
The victory was Eastern Florida's second of the fall season.