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Eastern Florida Golfers Finish Fourth in Titans Invitational

Feb. 4, 2014 - Eastern Florida's golf team finished in fourth place in its season-opening Titans Winter Invitational at Suntree Country Club on Tuesday.

Eastern Florida shot 293-295-288-876, 17 strokes behind NCAA Division II Lynn University of Boca Raton, which shot 288-286-285-859 for the victory.

Faulkner State Community College of Alabama was second at 291-285-293-869 and NCAA Division II Florida Tech's A team was third at 292-289-292-873.

NAIA Southeastern University of Lakeland was fifth at 878; NAIA Webber International's B team from Babson Park was sixth at 892; NCAA Division II Embry Riddle of Daytona Beach was seventh at 901; Wallace State Community College of Alabama was eighth at 902; Florida Tech's B team was ninth at 908 and Webber's A team rounded out the top 10 at 910.

They were followed by Darton State College of Georgia at 911; defending NJCAA Division I national champion Central Alabama at 914; USC-Lancaster Community College at 914; Andrew College of Georgia at 920 and NCAA Division II University of Tampa at 942.

Lynn's Ernesto Vitienes finished as medalist at 72-72-64-208. Kyle Martin of Southeastern was second at 68-80-62-210. The 10-under 62 set a record on Suntree's Challenge course. Martin is a 2011 graduate of Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida) where he was a two-time NJCAA All-American under head coach Jamie Howell.

Eastern Florida's Brad Gray was fifth individually at 71-74-70-215.

Titans Nick Maynard shot 69-75-72-216; Drew Cooke 77-72-72-221; Arthur Leonard 74-76-74- 224 and Kyle Benson 77-78-74-229.

Playing as individuals Eastern Florida's Lorenzo Bolivar carded 70-70-76-216 and Dalton Bartlett 79-79-74- 232.

"We played well and scored better today," Howell said. "Fourth place in this field is nothing to be ashamed of and the guys did a good job getting ready and competing.

"Freshman Brad Gray turned in a solid fifth-place finish at one under par 215 and sophomore Nick Maynard had his best finish (tied for seventh) of the year at even par 216.

"The team will take away they are close to clicking on the course and with some work on our scoring clubs and fewer unforced errors we will be competitive throughout the spring season. We have work to do in preparation for our next event on the schedule, the Faulkner State Spring invitational on Feb. 15-16 in Fairhope, AL."