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Eastern Florida Golfers 14 Strokes Off Lead in Season-Opener

Feb. 3, 2014 - Eastern Florida's golf team sits fourth — 14 strokes off the lead after Monday's first two rounds of the season-opening Titans Winter Invitational at Suntree Country Club.

NCAA Division II Lynn University leads at 288-286-574 followed by Faulkner State Community College of Alabama at 291-285-576, NCAA Division II Florida Tech's A Team at 292-289-581 and Eastern Florida at 293-295-588.

NAIA Southeastern University of Lakeland is fifth at 594, NAIA Webber International's B Team from Babson Park is sixth at 596, Wallace State Community College of Alabama seventh at 599, NCAA Division II Embry Riddle of Daytona Beach is eighth at 606 and Florida Tech's B Team ninth at 606.

Individually Lynn's Gilbert Whitley leads the pack at 70-69-139 followed by Eastern Florida's Lorenzo Bolivar who is playing as an individual at 70-70-140. Faulkner State's Cam Norman is third at 74-67-141.

Team wise for Eastern Florida Nick Maynard shot 69-75-144, Brad Gray 71-74-145, Drew Cooke 77-72-149, Arthur Leonard 76-74-150 and Kyle Benson 77-78-155. Eastern Florida's Dalton Bartlett, also playing as an individual, shot 79-79-158.

"The golf course was right in front of us all day and we had our chances," said Eastern Florida head coach Jamie Howell. "The team played very well at times and had some missed opportunities along the way. If we can get off to a good start in round three, make some early birdies, we can make up the deficit. But we will need help from the teams in front of us. Lynn University is very good this year competing in NCAA Division II and Faulkner State CC is much improved from last year.

"Nick Maynard and Brad Gray both played and scored well. Arthur Leonard played well, did not hole many putts and had two double bogies to finish his first round. Drew Cooke made a good comeback in the afternoon and Kyle Benson played much better than his score but couldn't find the cup with his putter."

The 18 holes of the third round will be contested Tuesday at Suntree. Spectators are welcome.